Staff and Member Leadership Convening

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NASCO's 2023 Staff & Member Leadership Convening will take place in-person in Madison, Wisconsin on July 26-28, 2023!  The conference will offer programming to staff, managers, board directors, and member leadership of group equity housing cooperatives and campus-based housing cooperatives. 



The NASCO Staff & Member Leadership Convening is a cooperative education and training program that is designed specifically to meet the needs of staff, managers, and member-leaders of group equity and campus-based housing cooperatives. This year, as we return to convening in person, program content will focus on building connections between co-ops across North America while spotlighting cooperative ventures in our host city of Madison, Wisconsin. We’re so excited to gather again in person while continuing to take precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of our most vulnerable community members.

Sessions reflecting a variety of topics help managers compare their cooperative's performance and policies to those of other co-ops. NASCO strongly encourages managers and staff to attend and share individual experiences with the rest of the movement's leadership. Attendees are encouraged to seek new solutions and gain support to face the unique challenges of co-op management. We look forward to creating a space where experienced cooperatives can share knowledge with new cooperatives, and where members feel empowered to exercise leadership in their home co-ops.  



Madison is the home of NASCO member co-op Madison Community Cooperative (MCC), a non-profit housing cooperative with approximately 200 members living in 11 houses. Madison is an established cooperative movement hub, home to the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives as well as more than 100 co-ops across multiple sectors. It is an exciting time to visit Madison: co-op advocates have recently won zoning updates to broaden opportunities for housing co-ops, while the city-funded Madison Cooperative Development Coalition is supporting the formation of worker cooperatives that address income inequality and racial disparities by creating living-wage union jobs.



Registration is open now through Wednesday, July 12 (closing at 11:59pm central time).

NASCO Active Member Co-op / Associate Member Organization, first registrant: $240 USD / $330 CAD

  • Additional registrants: $120 USD / $165 CAD 

Non-Member Co-op / Organization, first registrant: $360 USD / $495 CAD

These rates include coffee, tea, snacks, and lunch on Thursday and Friday. Participants will be responsible for their remaining meals, travel, and hotel (if applicable). A limited number of solidarity housing spaces will be available in local co-ops and homes.


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Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, July 26


  • Arrival day
  • Evening Social and Networking
Thursday, July 27
  • Convening Kick-off 
  • Introduction to the Cooperative Ecosystem in Madison
  • Skill/Topic Labs
  • Introduction to Adaptive Work
  • Peer Consultations Round #1
  • Walking/Rolling Tour
Friday, July 28
  • Peer Consultations Round #2
  • Skill/Topic Labs
  • Panel of Madison Cooperators
  • Open space for Emergent Conversations
  • Convening wrap-up

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"Hearing from others with similar or very different struggles and successes, and an opportunity to share what we've tried that did or did not work always helps me with renewing energy for co-op work. I find comfort in spending time with co-opers, especially in the time of difficult realities."


"As a relatively new staff member, it was a great opportunity to meet, bond, and discover a wide swath of common ground with similarly engaged colleagues from around the country. The vibe was warm, inviting, and engaging. Although many of our co-op systems operate differently we share many common issues. There was no end to the creative ways co-ops have found to solve similar problems."


"The conference was terrific. I really feel more a part of something larger than just my coop."



Sponsoring the Staff and Member Leadership Convening is both a commitment to professional development within the cooperative movement and a proactive step in promoting the resiliency of our sector. Our attendees want to connect with cooperatives and aligned organizations that can further their personal and professional co-op ambitions.

Please take a moment to review our sponsorship opportunities.



Thank you to our Sponsors

Sponsor banner includes Union Cab Company, Regent Market Co-op, NCB, NCBA CLUSA, Wegner CPAs, Willy Street Co-op, CDF, BSC Alumni Association