Employment and Jobs

Innovations and Evolutions in Employee Ownership

April 2, 2024  • Economic Opportunities Program


The field of employee ownership is one in constant evolution. New forms of ownership are being created with some regularity, and the practice of starting and converting businesses to ownership continues to develop. These evolutions are in response to various factors including changing market conditions, policy and regulatory environments, and worker and business needs. But what they often share is a desire to innovate so that ownership and the benefits it provides can expand. This discussion will examine how companies and different organizations are innovating their models and practices to grow ownership in different regions in the US.

  • Christine Adee, Co-Chief Executive Officer, OwnersEdge, Inc.
  • Chris Cooper, Director, Ohio Employee Ownership Center
  • Corey Rosen, Founder and Senior Staff Member, National Center for Employee Ownership; Faculty Fellow and Member, Rutgers Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing
  • Aquilina Soriano Versoza, Executive Director, Pilipino Workers Center; Executive Fellow, Rutgers Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing
  • Mary Josephs, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Verit Advisors; Contributor, Forbes (moderator)

This video comes from the second Employee Ownership Ideas Forum, hosted by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program and the Rutgers Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing. Our 2024 Forum, “Employee Ownership on the Ground,” brought innovative employee share ownership initiatives and speakers from around the country to Washington 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.

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