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Mini-cast 180: NCEO's Annual EO Conference - Quick Look

Bret Keisling is joined by Jaymie Oviedo, interim conference director, who gives a quick look at The National Center for Employee Ownership's (NCEO's) 2022 Employee Ownership Conference which will be held in Seattle, WA from April 26-28, 2022, with a pre-conference held April 25 in this excerpt from next Tuesday's full episode. Bret shares that he will be joined by Jesse Tyler of the Owner to Owner podcast to co-present Boosting Your EO Message Through Social Media and Podcasting.


Mini-cast 180Transcript

[00:00:00] Bret Keisling: Welcome to the ESOP Mini-cast. Thank you so much for listening. My name is Bret Keisling, and as it says on my business cards, I'm a passionate advocate for employee ownership. We are coming up on what is billed as the most anticipated ESOP event of the year! The NCEO 2022 Employee Ownership Conference is taking place in Seattle, Washington from April 26 through the 28th, 2022. There's also a full day pre-conference on Monday, April 25th.

[00:00:37] This coming Tuesday on our primary EO/ESOP Podcast we have a great episode featuring Jaymie Oviedo, Tim Garbinsky, and Dallan Guzinski of the NCEO staff who are going to share all about the conference. I can't wait to bring you that full episode.

[00:00:54] I shared several weeks ago that I was presenting at the conference. I'm even more excited than before, because we've just got confirmation that I'm going to be joined as a co-presenter by Jesse Tyler who hosts the Owner to Owner podcast as part of our EO Podcast Network. I'll tell you more about that in a moment, but first here's interim conference director, Jaymie Oviedo, who is going to give us a really brief highlight of what you can expect.


[00:01:18] Bret Keisling: Jamie, how are you?

[00:01:20] Jaymie Oviedo: I'm well, Bret, thanks for having us today.

[00:01:22] Bret Keisling: Jamie, what is it that you do for The NCEO, your job title and your description, briefly?

[00:01:27] Jaymie Oviedo: Yeah, thanks Bret. I am the interim conference director. I have been an event professional for going on 12 years now. So, I oversee every operation that is related to the conference. So, logistics, registration, marketing - you think it, I do it! One of my, like, taglines that I love to say is I bring your ideas to life.

[00:01:51] Bret Keisling: So, Jamie, you have been described to me as sort of the maestro of the conference. And so, what I'd like to do is start with you and have you give us the information about the conference, the dates, and how it's laid out and then we'll bring Dallan and Tim in at the right time to talk about it. But would you take us away?

[00:02:08] Jaymie Oviedo: Absolutely. Thanks so much, Bret. Yeah, we're gearing up for our 40th annual employee ownership conference. This is a long-standing conference in NCEO organization. It kind of started way back in 1981 by Corey Rosen, a smaller conference than it was now. What it will be.

[00:02:27] This year we're holding it in Seattle, Washington. We'll have a pre-conference on Monday, April 25th and our main conference will begin on Tuesday, April 26th and conclude on Thursday, April 28th. So, four days of world-class ESOP education, networking experiences, and just a really good time to get the community back together.

[00:02:49] Bret Keisling: And have I understand on social media that you're expecting 1,800 plus to participate in the conference?

[00:02:54] Jaymie Oviedo: Traditionally, our largest conference was almost 2,000 attendees and that was in 2019, back in Pittsburgh. With the state of the world that we live in right now, we're expecting roughly 1,500 individuals for the conference in Seattle.

[00:03:09] A really interesting format that we will be having for this year. We'll be able to engage, two different audiences for membership here. So, I'll turn it over to Tim in a moment to talk a little bit about virtual and how that's evolved for us, but we will have an onsite conference in Seattle, but we will also have about 40% of our agenda available for attendees to watch safely from their own homes.

[00:03:32] Bret Keisling: I think a couple of years ago, The NCEO moved to -- your conferences no longer fit in hotels, right? You only can do conferences at convention centers, such is the level of success and participation. Am I right about that?

[00:03:44] Jaymie Oviedo: Yeah, Bret. That's absolutely right. I believe 2019 was our first year at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. And this year we'll be using 200,000 square feet of state-of-the-art space, the Washington State Convention Center, across five different floors. So, bring your walking shoes!


[00:04:01] Bret Keisling: This Tuesday, you'll hear the full conversation with Jaymie, Tim, and Dallan, and I hope you'll check it out.

Boosting the Employee Ownership Message through Social Media and Podcasting, at The National Center for Employee Ownership NCEO2022 conference

[00:04:07] As for my presentation with Jesse Tyler, we're going to be speaking on using social media and podcasting to boost the employee ownership message. There's some companies doing really great things out there, and we're going to talk about them. And there are a lot of holes in what Jesse and I believe companies should be doing, and we'll point some of that out as well. And as we're both employee ownership, podcast hosts, we'll also talk just a little bit about the pros and cons of podcasting and why EO companies and employee owners should consider their own podcasts.

[00:04:39] If you're going to be in Seattle, I hope you'll reach out and let me know. I'd love to meet you and say hello. And if you've ever thought about coming on the podcast, let me know and we'll see what we can work out! I'd love to meet you in person one way or the other in Seattle and you'll get the contact information in just a moment.

[00:04:55] With that, we'll wrap up today's episode of the Mini-cast. Thank you so much for listening. This is Bret Keisling. Be well.


[00:05:02] Bitsy McCann: We'd love to hear from you. You can find us on Facebook at EO Podcast Network and on Twitter @ESOPPodcast. This podcast has been produced by Bret Keisling for the EO Podcast Network, production assistance by Victoria Huerta, original music composed by Max Keisling, branding and marketing by BitsyPlus Design, and I'm Bitsy McCann.

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