An Educational Partnership of The Employee Ownership Foundation & the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice
                            The Employee Ownership Foundation                         

The Employee Ownership Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice offer CEOs / Presidents and / or the CEO / President designee, of ESOP companies a breakthrough Certificate Program – Leading in an Ownership Setting: The Program for CEOs.

This ESOP Leadership program is focused on enhancing each participant's leadership effectiveness in his or her own company.

2017 Leadership Program
Preliminary Agenda (pdf)

Faculty Bios (pdf)

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2017 Program Dates:
(The certificate program is one program presented in sequential sessions. Participants are expected to attend BOTH sessions.)

Part I:    July 9 - 14, 2017

(TBD 2016 Leadership Lessons at Gettysburg Tour - Optional Tour / Included in Tuition)

Part II:   December 3 - 6, 2017 

$11,000 (ESOP Association Members)
$13,000 (Non-Members)

(Tuition does not include accommodations at the Inn at Penn)
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The program will cover the following topics:

"The program provides the CEO with the necessary tools to implement positive change within the organization. I’ve walked away with a vast personal took kit to improve my personal skills, as well as the organization around me."
Mike Willard, CEO, Salem Distributing, Winston-Salem, NC (Class of 2012)

While CEOs of employee-owned companies face unique challenges and opportunities, leadership effectiveness remains the critical factor in the success of the ESOP, the company and ultimately the employee owners. This Certificate Program is the first and only program anywhere formally addressing the relationship between the distinctive nature of ESOP companies and the effectiveness of leaders. We will examine in depth how leadership that develops and fosters employee engagement and participation impacts the company’s bottom line.

Leadership Lessons at Gettysburg Tour - An Optional Tour, Included in Program Tuition

Questions regarding the optional "Leadership Lessons at Gettysburg Tour" should be directed to Rosemary Clements at or 202-293-2971.

 Who should attend? 
Within these role definitions, this program is designed for leaders who:

Why should I attend?

"As a leader of a new ESOP, this program was very beneficial in learning about the best practices of established, successful ESOPs – and gaining insights into how to create and maintain a high-performance employee-ownership culture.”
  Susan Butler, CEO, Butler/Till Media, Rochester, NY (class of 2012)

Why should my company have me participate?

To maximize the benefits of this program, class size is limited to 20 participants.  Register early to reserve your space! 


The Certificate Program will be held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.  One of the most beautiful of the Ivy League institutions with green lawns, landmark architecture, a rich "university city" cultural life, and all of Penn's 12 graduate and professional schools within walking distance of one another.


Registrants are responsible for their own hotel accommodations.  A $219 single/double per night room rate is available for Part I and a $209 single/double per night room rate is available for Part II at the Inn at Penn

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation requests must be in writing to Ginny Vanderslice. You may e-mail your request to or you can fax your request to (215) 753-0305.  All request for refunds must be received no later than June 1.


Questions about registration for this prestigious program may be sent to Rosemary Clements at or 202-293-2971.

For more information about program content, contact Ginny Vanderslice, at or 215-292-4865.

Graduates of the Leading in an Ownership Setting Program:

The following men and women would be willing to comment on their Leading in an Ownership Setting learning experience:

Carolyn Stanworth, CEO of BL Companies, Inc. Meriden, CT
Dave Ferraro, Carris Reels, Proctor, VT
Art Corwin, Moretrench American Corporation, Rockaway, NJ
Roseline Marston, A.D. Marble, Conshocken, PA

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