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Investing for Systems Change: Opportunities in the Ownership Economy

Julian McKinley Democracy at Work Institute

As workforce challenges persist, investors and businesses face risks exacerbated by disparities such as the racial wealth gap, gender pay gap, underemployment, high turnover, and low productivity. These issues not only hinder economic progress but also threaten social stability. Innovative strategies are needed to address these challenges while fostering inclusive growth. Hear from the Democracy at Work Institute and Hypha Collective as they share the outcomes of their research on the evolving landscape of investing in the Ownership Economy and the ways that stakeholder ownership and democratic management drive equity, protect investments, and create value.

Alongside real-life case studies, this session will explore the intersection of workforce challenges and employee ownership, highlighting the opportunities for investors and businesses to address these issues collaboratively. Through interactive discussions and practical insights, attendees will better understand how employee ownership can mitigate risks, drive performance, and create positive social impact. By embracing inclusive ownership models, investors can build resilient, equitable workplaces that benefit employees, businesses, and communities.

Track

DEI, Ownership and Impact

Format

Panel (3 speakers)

Speakers

  • NameJulian McKinley
  • TitleCo-Executive Director
  • OrganizationDemocracy at Work Institute
  • NameAmelia Ahl
  • TitleCo-Founder
  • OrganizationHypha Collective
  • NameMelissa Hoover
  • TitleSenior Fellow
  • OrganizationRutgers Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing

Description

As workforce challenges persist, investors and businesses face risks exacerbated by disparities such as the racial wealth gap, gender pay gap, underemployment, high turnover, and low productivity. These issues not only hinder economic progress but also threaten social stability. Innovative strategies are needed to address these challenges while fostering inclusive growth. Hear from the Democracy at Work Institute and Hypha Collective as they share the outcomes of their research on the evolving landscape of investing in the Ownership Economy and the ways that stakeholder ownership and democratic management drive equity, protect investments, and create value.

Alongside real-life case studies, this session will explore the intersection of workforce challenges and employee ownership, highlighting the opportunities for investors and businesses to address these issues collaboratively. Through interactive discussions and practical insights, attendees will better understand how employee ownership can mitigate risks, drive performance, and create positive social impact. By embracing inclusive ownership models, investors can build resilient, equitable workplaces that benefit employees, businesses, and communities.

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