Virtual CCMA Schedule

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Monday, June 8, 2020

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. CT – Successful Food Co-ops: Thriving in a Post COVID World 

Before COVID-19, the world of retail grocery was already in flux. As we look to the future, what does it mean to operate a successful grocery cooperativeC.E. Pugh with National Co+op Grocers and Jacki Arthur with Three Rivers Market Co-op will discuss the impact of COVID on our system and the opportunities they see for the future from both a national and local co-op perspective. 

Jacki Arthur, General Manager, Three Rivers Market
C.E. Pugh, CEO, National Co+op Grocers

3:45 – 4:15 p.m. CT – Breakout Discussion Groups

Erbin Crowell, Neighboring Food Co-op Association

Brian McDermott, Columinate
Karen Zimbelman, National Co+op Grocers


Tuesday, June 9

2:00 – 3:15 p.m. CT – E-Commerce, Curbside Pick-up, Delivery, Oh My!: Lessons learned and Thoughts for the Future

Co-ops are receiving a crash course in e-commerce, curbside pick-up, and other novels ways of getting food to customers. This session will highlight the lessons they’re learning and explore how to think about these sales channels in the context of long-term financial sustainability and alignment with our strategic advantages as co-ops.

Ashley Greywitt, Marketing Brand Manager, Valley Natural Foods
Patrick Schroeder, eCommerce Manager, Willy Street Co-op
Moderator: Michelle Schry, Retail Support Director, National Co+op Grocers

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. CT – Breakout Discussion Groups

Brittany Baird, Columinate
Jack Kear, UW Center for Cooperatives
Michelle Schry, National Co+op Grocers

Wednesday, June 10

2:00 – 3:15 p.m. CT – Serving Your Community During An Economic Downturn

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread and people are forced to stay home, workers are losing their jobs, local businesses are at risk of closing permanently, and the country is bracing for recession. The crisis has laid bare the inequities and injustices that threaten people’s well-being, safety, and lives. How can food co-ops show up for their communities and demonstrate cooperative values in the face of these economic impacts? In this session, we will explore affordability, value offerings, and serving community needs.

Molly Baeverstad, Marketing Manager, Eastside Food Co-op
Raafe Purnsley, Community Outreach Coordinator, Durham Co-op Market
Moderator: Bonnie Hudspeth, Co-operative Development, 
Neighboring Food Co-op Association

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. CT – Breakout Discussion Groups

Darnell Adams, firebrand cooperative
Erin Hancock, International Centre for Co-operative Management, Saint Mary’s University

Thursday, June 11

2:00 – 3:15 p.m. CT – Adaptive Governance = Resilient Cooperatives

It is more important than ever that directors and GMs work together to provide steady and inspired leadership. This session will feature a panel of co-op leaders who will share how their governance practices and GM relationships adapted to the special needs of the last few months and the lessons they learned that will be useful for moving forward.

Doug Johnson, General Manager, Belfast Co-op
Linda Stier, Board Member, Weaver Street Market

George Touloumtzis, Board Chair, Franklin Community Co-op
Moderator: Leslie Watson, Consultant, Columinate

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. CT – Bill Gessner Startup Food Co-op Award Presentation Bill Gessner Start up Food Co-op Award Logo

To honor Bill Gessner, cooperative hero and primary creator of the Four Cornerstones in Three Stages Food Co-op Development model, the food co-op community will make an annual award to recognize excellence in food co-op development.

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. CT – Breakout Discussion Groups

Jack Kear, UW Center for Cooperatives
Joel Kopischke, seven roots
Suzette Snow-Cobb, Neighboring Food Co-op Association

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. CT – Columinate Virtual Hospitality Suite on Zoom Columinate Logo

Make plans to grab your favorite beverage and join your co-op pals for a little fun and conversation as part of this year’s virtual CCMA. Just because we aren’t together, doesn’t mean we can’t get together!  What can you expect?!? Toasts and High-5s! Mixing and Mingling! Two-Minute Dance Party! Games & Prizes!

Friday, June 12

2:00 – 3:15 p.m. CT – Everyone Welcome? Prioritizing Diversity and Inclusion in Times of Crisis 

Among the fast-paced changes required of co-ops in the face of a global pandemic, we must resist the temptation to problem solve while suspending efforts for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). In this session, LaDonna Sanders Redmond will highlight how co-ops are fighting racism, ageism, ableism, etc. She will discuss how now is the time to dig deeper into your co-op’s DEI initiatives and ask the questions: Where do you go now? How do you keep the momentum? And more importantly, how do you do more?

LaDonna Sanders Redmond, Intercultural Development Consultant, Columinate

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. CT – Closing Ceremony

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. CT – Breakout Discussion Groups

Jade Barker, Columinate
Christina Jennings, Shared Capital Cooperative
LaDonna Sanders Redmond, Columinate