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Employment and Jobs

Employee Ownership Ideas Forum 2024: Employee Ownership on the Ground

The 2024 Employee Ownership Ideas Forum brought together members of Congress and their staff, government officials, practitioners, researchers, think tanks, philanthropy, investors, and the leaders of employee-owned companies to learn about and discuss the latest in policy, research, finance, and practice.

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This year’s forum, “Employee Ownership on the Ground,” brought innovative employee share ownership initiatives and speakers from around the country to DC to highlight how this bipartisan approach to improving jobs, wealth creation, and business performance is helping create more equitable economies in states, cities, and rural communities.

Featured Speaker

Mowa Haile is president of Sky Blue Builders and CEO of Apex Underground, two companies that recently converted to employee ownership through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

Check out our Interview with Mowa Haile

Haile will #TalkOwnership about how employee ownership strengthens jobs and businesses on a panel called:“Employee Ownership, Strategic Industries and Supply Chain Resiliency,” at the 2024 Employee Ownership Ideas Forum.

The Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program hosts a variety of discussions to advance strategies, policies, and ideas to help low- and moderate-income people thrive in a changing economy. To learn about upcoming events and webinars, join our mailing list and follow us on social media.

SMLR’s Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing conducts empirical research, analyzes policy, and sponsors the leading global fellowship program and academic conferences in the field. The Institute also manages a program to help college professors teach about these subjects (The Curriculum Library for Employee Ownership) and a technical assistance center (The NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership). The Institute recently launched a Coursera program with short, engaging videos introducing employee ownership and a free, online program, sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to help retiring business owners sell to their employee

Thank you to the Ford Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, and Prudential Financial for their generous support of the forum. For more information about this event, email

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Aspen Institute is nonpartisan and does not endorse, support, or oppose political candidates or parties. To the extent elected officials are in attendance, they are attending and speaking in their official capacity and not as a political candidate. Further, the views and opinions of our guests and speakers do not necessarily reflect those of the Aspen Institute.

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