Friday Staff & Managers Pre-Conference


The problems faced by the staff, managers, and administrators of group equity cooperatives are unique and the number of peers is small. For this reason, we offer  an all-day program, held on Friday, November 10th, which serves as a collective learning forum for co-op staff, managers, and administrators from across Canada and the United States. A staff-specific full day program  allows more space for participants to connect with one another and dig deeper into specific issues. The pre-conference will be held in the Pond room at the University of Michigan Student Union.


10:30 AM - 10:45 AM - Welcome, Overview of Program
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM - Personal Introductions
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM - Co-op Introductions

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM - Brief Lunch (provided, on-site)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Exercising Adaptive Leadership: Core Competencies for Cooperatives
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Peer Consultations (round 1)

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM - Break

3:15 PM - 5:00 PM - Peer Consultations (rounds 2 & 3)
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Debrief and Setting Intentions

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Break

6:00 PM - 7:45 PM - Staff & Conference Presenter Dinner (provided, off-site)

Adaptive Leadership and Peer Consultations

Following a morning of co-op connections and professional relationship-building, NASCO staff will lead a session focused on adaptive leadership competencies and ways that they can be implemented to help your cooperative adapt and thrive in challenging situations. Participants will be challenged to stretch their analytical and strategic thinking skills and to implement the leadership competencies during the peer consultation process. 

Registration fees are: NASCO Members: $100 USD; Non-Members: $140 USD. All fees include lunch on Friday, are in addition to general Institute registration, and can be paid when registering for the Institute.

Additional Programming

In addition to the program above, we have organized a track of courses throughout the weekend specifically for co-op staff, managers, and administrators to network with their peers, share best practices and skills, and learn new ways to tackle the issues that they face in their day-to-day jobs. These courses on Saturday and Sunday are open to general attendees, however they are specifically tailored for co-op staff, managers, and administrators.