The 42nd Annual

ESOP Association
National Conference

May 22 - 24, 2019 JW Marriott, Washington, DC

The National Conference is the only one of its kind, combining a focus on communications and culture with the ESOP Community’s annual awards gala, and, of course, the critical role it plays in the advocacy program for all ESOPS. This is a meeting with both value and purpose.

- Jim Bonham,
President and CEO of The ESOP Association

Schedule & Programming

There's something for everyone at this year's
conference. View full schedule >

  • Chapter Showcase

    Our chapters hold more than 100 meetings each year - all the best of the best appear here, all in one place at one time!

  • Roundtables

    Join your peers for round table discussions on ESOP communications committees, Large ESOP company issues, Small ESOP company issues, Issues facing CEOs, CFOs, and HR Executives.

  • Culture and Communication

    This conference is the highlight of the year for companies seeking new and effective ways to communicate with their employee owners.

  • Board of Directors

    This full-track programming is exclusively for Directors of ESOP company Boards. Get immersed in governance topics and meet Directors from ESOP companies across the country. Outside and inside directors alike will benefit from these sessions.

General Sessions

Come to DC for unique experiences you can’t get anywhere else.

  • Incoming ESOP Association Board Chair, Gary Shorman

    Vision for the Future |

    Incoming Board Chair Gary Shorman and new ESOP Association President and CEO Jim Bonham will share their vision for the future of The Association and for ways to grow employee ownership in our nation. (Thursday General Session.)

  • Joseph Blasi & the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing

    Research Update |

    Hear an update on the latest ESOP-related research funded by the Employee Ownership Foundation and conducted by the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing. (Friday Luncheon.)

  • J. Michael Keeling, Previous CEO of The ESOP Association

    Tribute to J. Michael Keeling |

    Come pay tribute to outgoing ESOP Association President J. Michael Keeling as we celebrate his nearly 30 years of dedication and passionate service to the ESOP community and to The Association. (Thursday Luncheon.)

ESOP Association Advocacy

Complete Your Trip by Visiting Your Representatives in Congress

For 42 Years The ESOP Association’s National Conference has served as a cornerstone for all ESOP lobbying and advocacy.  Our conference often creates the first opportunity for building key relationships, especially with newly elected Members of Congress, and for cementing long-held relationships with our ESOP Champions.

For our members, we have many resources available to make your meetings on Capitol Hill a huge success.  Head over to our National Conference Advocacy area to find more information about your representatives, as well as the members-only resources for your Capitol Hill visit.

National Conference Advocacy
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AACE Awards

The Annual Awards for Communications Excellence
celebrates outstanding companies among your ESOP peers.

Every year, the AACE Awards are presented to companies who excel at communicating with their own employee owners and their surrounding communities about the benefits and advantages of ESOPs.

On the evening of May 22nd, the ESOP community celebrates the most distinguished communication strategies at the Annual Award for Communications Excellence Awards Gala. This year's AACE award categories will include:

- Video
- Printed Marketing Materials
- Intranet and Internal Communications
- Employee Ownership Marketing
- Annual Events
- Event Series
- Multi-Channel Communication Strategy
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Special Events

After spending the day learning and networking, take
advantage of these great opportunities.

  • Special Event: Capitol Hill Tours

    Capitol Hill Visits | May 22 - 24

    Consider flying in a day early to visit your elected officials on Capitol Hill. Visit our Advocacy page and talk to your chapter officers, who may coordinate visits. Most importantly, invite your representatives to visit your company back home!
  • Special Events: Nightlife

    DC Social Scene | All Week

    Great dining, dancing, music, and theater are steps from the conference. Find local attractions in this guide by the ESOP Association staff. Staying for memorial day? See the last Rolling Thunder Ride and other weekend activities!
  • Special Events: Monuments Tour

    Night Tour of the Monuments | May 23

    A great way to see DC at night! Be driven straight to DC's finest sites, and hear great stories from expert guides between stops. Register early: this event sells out quickly.
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    AACE Awards Gala | May 22

    Come to this semi-formal affair and celebrate the people and companies earning awards - including the prestigious Annual Awards for Communication Excellence. Your gala ticket is included in your registration.


This year's conference will be held at the JW Marriott,
conveniently located at the heart of all DC has to offer

This year's event will be hosted at the JW Marriott, a landmark hotel near the White House. You'll be immersed in the most powerful city in the world, a short walk from museums, monuments, and restaurants where history has been shaped.

Our room block at the Marriott has sold out, but don't worry: If you still need to book your stay, we've secured an extra block of overflow rooms at the gorgeous Hamilton Hotel, only a few blocks away, and at very reasonable rates.

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Proximity to WH


The 42nd ESOP Association National Conference
May 22-24: Don't miss it!

To pay by check, download a registration form that will automatically calculate your registration fees when you type in your information. (Please mail or fax the completed form to us, using the information on the form.)

Want to save money? Register by April 30 to get a discounted rate. Nonmembers who join The Association save significantly on registration while also enjoying the benefits of membership! When registering, be sure to purchase additional tickets to the Awards Banquet, and tickets to the Night Tour of the Monuments.

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