Calling all new co-op directors!

If you’re on a cooperative board of directors for the first time, it may not be entirely clear what you’re expected to do, or how to do it. Never fear! The UW Center on Co-ops is here to help you up the learning curve.

Co-op Directors 101
May 14, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Landmark Services Cooperative | Cottage Grove, WI

Designed for new directors, this program covers cooperative director roles and responsibilities, cooperative finance, and practical tools for developing a more efficient and effective board.


Roles and Responsibilities of Directors
This session will focus on the different functions performed by directors including fiduciary and oversight responsibilities. We will review the relationships between the board, management, and members.
Margaret Bau, Cooperative Development Specialist, USDA Rural Development

Co-op Finance 101
This session will provide an overview of cooperative finances including defining terms and how to read financial statements. We will review questions boards should ask their managers and tools for monitoring financial performance including reports and key indicators. This foundational session will help new directors begin to steer the financial make-up of the cooperative.
Michael Lensmire, CPA, Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen

Tools for an Effective Board
In this session attendees will learn about strategies for developing an efficient board including meeting agendas and facilitation, committees, and maintaining a healthy board culture. We will also review key elements of effective decision making.  
Courtney Berner, Executive Director, UW Center for Cooperatives
Kelly Maynard, Cooperative Development Specialist, UW Center for Cooperatives

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Registration:  $100 through May 1 $125 after May 1. Registration cost includes program and materials, coffee break and lunch.


There is a limited number of scholarships to attend this program. Please contact Kristin Olson for more information.