The 29th Annual

Las Vegas
Conference & Tradeshow

November 13-15 Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino


Employee Owned 2019 will be the most important Employee Ownership Conference of the year. With an entirely reimagined experience, you will be challenged to transform yourself and your business as we join to make employee ownership an essential and expanding part of the new American Dream.

- Jim Bonham,
President and CEO of The ESOP Association

Chief Executive Series

Our newest conference series designed for executive level employee owners.

  • Executive Lounge |

    Network with other ESOP executives, attend to urgent work, or just relax between sessions and meetings in this specially designed environment. This centrally located yet private lounge area and business center will be open throughout the day for chief executives only.
  • Exclusive Access |

    Each of our major keynote speakers will spend an hour with our ESOP executives immediately following their presentations, and will answer your questions, discuss your ideas, and share their wisdom.
  • Executive Sessions |

    Attend 14 executive sessions, presented exclusively for the Presidents or CEOs of our ESOP companies. These small-audience learning opportunities—focused exclusively on the unique issues faced by chief executives of employee owned companies—enable you to interact with your ESOP executive peers in a confidential environment. 
  • Round Tables |

    Engage in three exclusive, facilitated conversations with other chief executives who can understand—and help you unravel—your unique ESOP company challenges. Hear and share insights from a group uniquely qualified to offer you real-world insights built upon their experience and knowledge.

Special Events

Come see what makes Employee Owned 2019 unique!

  • ESOP Show & Innovation Stage |

    An entirely re-imagined experience, the ESOP Show and Innovation Stage will transform the way you think about trade shows. The Innovation Stage is a full-production presentation stage embedded into the show space where ESOP companies and professionals will present the best of their ideas, live-streamed nationally. 

    Booths and displays, lounge seating, and semi-private meeting spaces for connecting with advisors will be tastefully spread throughout the space. Grab a refreshment, or simply recharge your phone while listening to the speakers.  Whatever your needs, the ESOP Show and Innovation stage is destined to become the city center of the conference.

  • Pre-Conference Workshop | Nov. 13, 2019

    Know someone thinking about adopting employee ownership at their company? Thinking of transitioning to an ESOP yourself? This workshop offers a great overview of everything prospective ESOP companies need to know, all presented by the people who have been through it—other ESOP leaders. Available at no additional cost!

    After the workshop, Navigators will help you pick out the conference sessions best suited to your individual needs. These sessions are exclusively for companies considering an ESOP!

  • A Little R & R (Registration and Reception) |

    The conference will kick off Wednesday when registration opens with a cocktail reception and networking events.  Grab your badge and get a drink with fellow attendees while reconnecting with contacts and making some new friends. This specially designed event will even feature “breakout” rooms for groups including Millennials, Women in ESOPs, and Professionals.  It’s the perfect way to make new contacts and connections right from the beginning.
  • Eiffel Tower Reception |

    Attend a special one-time-only event Thursday evening to benefit the Employee Ownership Foundation on top of the Eiffel Tower.  With the best view of the world-famous Bellagio Fountain show in Las Vegas, attendees will be treated to a special evening for a special cause. Donate a little to the Foundation and come for drinks; donate more and enjoy a swanky dinner with a view that can’t be beat.  All donations are tax deductible. Email for more information. 

Keynote Speaker: Sekou Andrews

The World's Leading Poetic Voice

Be ready to be awakened by a high powered and transformational experience in our opening session with the world’s leading poetic voice, Sekou Andrews.  With performances to audiences ranging from President Obama in Oprah Winfrey’s backyard to the world’s biggest and most important companies, Sekou delivers.  A schoolteacher turned actor, musician, two-time national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur, and award-winning poetic voice, on any given day you may now find Sekou keynoting at a leadership conference, helping a Fortune 500 company with brand messaging, or coaching executives and leaders on storytelling and speaking.

Forbes has called Sekou “the de facto poet laureate of corporate America.” His “wow-factor” is in high demand with the world’s most successful organizations, including Google, Toyota, Nike, Cisco, LinkedIn, Global Green, Paypal, ASAE, The Gap, TEDx, Capital One, L’Oreal, Intuit, and the NBA to name but a few. Sekou’s work has also been featured on such diverse national media outlets as ABC World News, MSNBC, HBO, Good Morning America, Showtime, MTV and BET, and he has given private performances for such prominent individuals as Maya Angelou, Quincy Jones, Larry King, Hillary Clinton, Norman Lear, and Coretta Scott King and family.

Sekou has now returned to the classroom, teaching his rockstar secrets to public speakers through his highly effective Stage Might™ speaker training system, which helps executives, influencers and leaders become more dynamic communicators.

Keynote Speaker: Erica Dhawan

World's Foremost Expert on Connectional Intelligence

Erica Dhawan is one of today’s most provocative business thinkers. She helps organizations unlock the key to 21st century success: Cutting through the noise created by technology to achieve unprecedented impact and meaning by harnessing the power of relationships and networks. The co-author of the book, Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence, she believes that the game charger is a thoroughly modern skill called “connectional intelligence,” and she shows audiences how to maximize their potential and achieve breakthrough performance by developing this crucial ability.

Dhawan revolutionizes how individuals and companies can combine knowledge, ambition, and human capital to forge connections on a global scale. She teaches business leaders and companies innovative strategies to drive elite performance, create increasing value for shareholders, deliver sustainable results, ensure future global competitiveness, and prepare the global workforce of the future. 

Dhawan has spoken on global stages ranging from the World Economic Forum at Davos and SXSW to companies like FedEx, Deloitte, Facebook, PepsiCo, and KPMG. Her book was named No. 1 of the Top 25: What Corporate America are Reading.  Previously, Dhawan worked at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital and has taught leadership at Harvard and MIT.

Keynote Speaker: Seth Mattison

International Expert on Personal and Institutional Transformation

We are entering the greatest period of global transformation the world has ever known. The boundaries between office and work, customer and supplier, leader and follower, and the experiences created for both customers and employees are morphing due to rapidly evolving digital technologies. 

However digital transformation is more than just digital; it is about remodeling businesses to be agile, innovative, and customer and employee-centric at their core, requiring a new set of skills and competencies of organizational stewards to effectively impact business trajectory.

Seth will demystify what Digital Transformation is and unpack the most pressing challenges facing organizations on their path toward a more agile, innovative, and digitally competitive state.

Schedule & Programming

The best technical training. New CEO & Executive only track. World class speakers.

  • Innovation Stage

    Embedded into our new ESOP Show space, the all new Innovation Stage will offer a series of special presentations on pressing issues for ESOP companies. These special presentations will be in addition to a myriad of sessions already offered to attendees, and will be live-streamed throughout the nation.

  • Advanced Sessions

    This conference already holds the well-deserved reputation for the best technical education the Employee Ownership world has to offer, and this year won’t disappoint. Get answers to your most pressing technical challenges by attending these high-level sessions, which cover everything from valuation to distribution—and all points in between. Perfect for companies with mature ESOPs and for veteran ESOP executives.

  • New to ESOPs

    If you are considering an ESOP, these sessions are for you: Get an overview of all you need to know, before you need to know it. You’ll gain a great understanding of the benefits and requirements of running an ESOP; most importantly, you’ll position yourself to make informed, confident decisions going forward.

  • Trustee's Track

    Being a trustee gets far more manageable with a little help from these sessions. Learn all about the duties and responsibilities of being a trustee, get insights on corporate governance, understand how repurchase obligations affect valuations, and more.


This year's conference will be located at The Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, conveniently located to all Vegas has to offer

Hotel rooms will be available at a discounted rate through The ESOP Association room block, until the room block is sold out or the deadline ends—whichever comes first. More information on the venue and travel
Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
3655 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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Employee Owned 2019 is one conference you don’t want to miss!

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 before September 23rd to get a discounted rate. Nonmembers who join The ESOP Association save significantly on registration while also enjoying the benefits of membership!

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Thank you to our Diamond Conference Sponsor