Bret Keisling encourages donations to employee ownership organizations on #GivingTuesday and then is joined by Project Equity CEO Evan Edwards, who discusses its Employee Ownership Accelerator Campaign which focuses on educating professional advisors (financial planners & lawyers, etc.), municipalities, and legacy owners on the benefits of EO. They also discuss EO, unions, private equity and the EO "gold standard" of equity, engagement, and governance, as well as the benefits of equity to workers, and how it begins to address disparities in wage and wealth to people of color. We encourage you to donate to these great employee ownership organizations, on Giving Tuesday or any day:
The main body of this episode originally aired on May 31, 2022, as Episode 201: Project Equity's Evan Edwards.
Episode 226 Show Notes
About Evan Edwards:
Evan began his career as the International Business Manager at an early leading technology start-up, Quarterdeck Corporation. Bitten by the start-up bug, he spent following years in leadership and consulting roles at a variety of early-stage enterprises including Bid.com (Northcore Technologies), Mediaseek Technology and Planesia Corp. Guided by a shift in personal and professional priorities Evan moved into the non-profit sector as Executive Director at YMCA Corporation of Los Angeles, leading the turnaround of an under-performing business unit. Driven by the value of social enterprises and the vision of a generative economy, Evan’s work with Project Equity creates strong collaborative partnerships across sectors. Evan is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL (a proud supporter of Wildcat football!), and has certification from Stelter in Professional Fundraising Management. When not working he’s playing sports, walking his dogs or cooking a great meal from scratch.
About Project Equity:
Project Equity is a national leader in the movement to harness employee ownership to maintain thriving local business communities, honor selling owners’ legacies, and address income and wealth inequality for low-income workers and Black and Latino workers. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Project Equity works with partners around the country to raise awareness about employee ownership as an exit strategy for business owners, and as an important approach for increasing employee engagement, retention and individual as well as generational wealth. They also provide hands-on consulting and support to companies that want to transition to employee ownership, as well as to the new employee-owners to ensure that they, and their businesses, thrive after the transition.
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