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 current and incoming CEOs & Presidents 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, and building a network of ESOP CEO’s who can share resources and best practices to enhance the success of ESOPs across the country.

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.

2018 Leadership Program
Preliminary Agenda (pdf)

For a look at the potential faculty, see the bios from last year's team. (pdf)

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2018 Program Dates:
(The certificate program is one program presented in sequential sessions. Participants are expected to attend BOTH sessions.)

Part I:    July 8-13, 2018

Part II:   November 11-14, 2018
$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 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)

Who should attend? 
This program is intended for current CEOs or Presidents of ESOP companies or for their designate successors. 

The leaders who will find this program most beneficial are those who:

• Want to work on their professional development as leaders
• Practice and are committed to lifelong learning
• Want to maximize their opportunities to build a high-performance culture on the foundation of employee ownership
• Are interested in developing a national network with leaders of ESOP companies from around the country

Why should I attend?
• To be exposed to the latest thinking on leadership, employee engagement, and how culture can impact performance

• For your own professional development as an ESOP leader
• To enhance your leadership skills
• To strengthen your ability to build and support a high-performance ownership culture that will maximize the potential of your ESOP
• To build a network with your peers in other ESOP companies
• To become part of a larger alumni network of ESOP leaders, sharing resources and best practices

"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)usan Butler, CEO, Butler/Till Media, Rochester, NY (class of 2012)

Program Size 

To maximize the benefits of this program, class size is limited to no more than 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 block of rooms are reserved for this program’s sessions at the Inn at Penn.  Occasionally the block fills up in which case people will need to reserve rooms at other nearby hotels.  We encourage people to make their room reservations when they register for the program.

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

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, the program’s Academic Director, at or 215-292-4865. 

Alumni Network
In addition to participating in the program, graduates will be included in an Alumni Network that includes graduates from all previous programs.  This will provide everyone with an opportunity to connect to other ESOP company leaders, share resources and best practices and to participate in ongoing leadership development and learning events.

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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or to download a registration form!