University of Wisconsin–Madison

Friday Agenda



7 am – 6 pm

Lloyd Center Foyer

Keynote Address

8:00 am – 10 am

Lloyd Center Ballroom

Breakfast Buffet

7 am – 8:00 am

Lloyd Center Foyer

Howard Bowers Fund Silent Auction

10 am – 6 pm


Exhibits Open

8:30 am – 6 pm

Lloyd Center Foyer

Break & Networking

10 am – 10:30 am

Lloyd Center Foyer

Breakout Sessions 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

101: No Math Required: Finances for the Full Board

Magdalena Casper-Ship, Board Treasurer, Common Ground Food Co-op, Chris Tucker, Board Treasurer, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-operative


201: City Market’s Evolution

Faye Conte, Board President, City Market/Onion River Co-op
John Tashiro, General Manager, 
City Market/Onion River Co-op


301: Courageous Accountability: Coaching and Corrective Action Practice for Managers

Sarah Dahl, Human Resources Consultant, CDS Consulting Co-op


401: Maintaining Momentum: Effective Methods to Sustain Board Diversity and Inclusion

Gail Graham, General Manager, Mississippi Market, Lisa Tabor, Owner & President, CultureBrokers LLC


501: Lessons from the First Year of the Wedge and Linden Hills Co-op Consolidation 

Josh Resnik, CEO/General Manager, Jessica Pierce, Marketing Director, Emily Anderson, Board Vice President, Adam Gower, HR Director, Missy Smith, Consolidation Project Director and Food Service Director, Twin Cities Co-op Partners


601: Why Online Voting?

Stephanie Aman, Marketing And Community Relations Manager, Just Local Food Co-op, Margaret Campbell, Marketing Manager, BriarPatch Food Co-op, Aliyah Jessa
Business Development Director,
Simply Voting Inc.


Buffet Lunch – 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Sponsored by CoBank

Birds of a Feather Sessions 12:30 – 1:30 PM

You are welcome to gather in the breakout room to participate in self-organized “Birds of a Feather” meetings with your co-op peers. There is no formal presentation. Groups can gather around specific topics and share ideas and solutions.

Growth and Expansion – Idaho
Governance: compensation, recruitment, and dynamics – Weidler/Halsey
Co-ops and Sustainability – Morrison
Equity and the Food System – Oregon
Co-op Technology: E-commerce and home deliveries – Alaska

Lunch Session: 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Stronger Together!: National Co+op Grocers

Does your co-op participate in programs – either as a member or an associate co-op? Or is your co-op interested in joining with the other 147 co-ops already part of this second-level co-op? In either case, you’re welcome to join us for an information session to learn more about NCG and how it strengthens individual co-ops and our entire food co-op system. We’ll discuss the benefits co-ops receive as part of NCG, as well as how NCG works and how to join. As time and interest allows, we’ll also talk about what’s on the horizon for NCG – its “Moving to Higher Ground” initiative and the work being done to make sure that co-ops stay relevant and continue to be strong operators in their markets. We welcome all who wish to participate – co-op board and staff members alike – in a guided presentation and conversation about taking cooperation to the next level. Hosted by Karen Zimbelman, NCG’s Senior Director of Membership and Cooperative Relations.


Breakout Sessions - 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

102: We Need to Talk About Board Compensation

Leslie Watson, CDS Consulting Co-op, Jean Sramek, former Board Chair, Whole Foods Co-op, Mary Alice Smalls, Board Chair, Seward Co-op


202: A Next Level Local Program

Mark Mulcahy, Produce Consulting, Management Training , James Morrell
Produce Merchandising Consultant, CDS Consulting Co-op


302: Building Commitment and Developing Leaders in Your Co-op

Brian McDermott , Growthworks, Inc.


402: Cooperating in New Neighborhoods: Expanding to Willy North

Megan Minnick, Purchasing Director,
Kirsten Moore, Cooperative Services Director,
Jenny Skowronek, Store Director—North, Willy Street Co-op


502: A Tale of Two Retailers: Amazon’s Rise and the Food Co-op Difference

Sheila Ongie, Sustainability Manager, National Co+op Grocers, Pam Mehnert, General Manager, Outpost Natural Foods
Melissa Elkins, Sustainability Coordinator and Administrative Assistant, Community Food Co-op-Bellingham


602: Astoria Co-op’s Successful Recent Owner Capital Campaign

Ben Sandel, Consultant, CDS Consulting Co-op
Matthew Stanley , General Manager
Astoria Co-op Grocery


Break & Networking

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Lloyd Center Foyer

Breakout Sessions - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

103: Joint Board/Management Team Strategic Planning

Emile Amarotico, General Manager, Ed Claassen, Board President, Jeff Golden, Board Member and Secretary of External Relations, Annie Hoy, Marketing Manager, Ashland Food Cooperative


203: The Co-op Difference: Financing Options that Grow the Cooperative Economy

Dorian Gregory, CPA., Loan and Outreach Officer, Cooperative Fund of New England, Brenda Latvala Pfahnl, Director of Programs & Senior Loan Officer, Shared Capital Cooperative, Estee Segal, Loan Officer, Capital Impact Partners, Mark Tarasawa, Finance Manager, First Alternative


303: Case Study: The Wheatsville Way

Dan Gillotte, Chief Executive Grocer, Wheatsville Co-op


403: Building a Broader Base

 Beth Hopping, Board Member, Durham Co-op Market, Drew Peng, Board President, Durham Co-op Market, Leila Wolfrum, General Manager, Durham Co-op Market


503: The Store of the Future

Dave Makar, Chief Customer Officer, Rosie
Grant Vennel, VP of Sales – Group Client Director, Rosie


603: Measuring and Communicating our Impact for Shared Success!

Susanna Shultz, Marketing Director, Central Co-op, Erbin Crowell,
Executive Director, Suzette Snow-Cobb,
Sourcing Coordinator, Bonnie Hudspeth,
Membership & Outreach Manager
Neighboring Food Co-op Association



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