Cooperative Governance


CBL 101

CBL 101—Foundations for Board Leadership

More than 3,500 co-op leaders have participated in a CBL 101 since 2005.

The CBL 101 for newly elected directors, board candidates, general managers (GM) and GM successors creates a solid foundation so that boards and managers have shared understanding of roles and responsibilities, co-op principles and values, cooperative governance and financial condition of the co-op. 

The day provides a strong foundation for directors by covering these topics: Cooperative principles, values and history, legal roles and responsibilities, cooperative governance, financial understanding using the balance sheet.

Who should attend: While especially helpful for those new to co-op boards, all directors, candidates, general managers and successors are welcome to attend.

With the CBL 101 built into your co-op’s orientation plan, the session provides value both in the short term for those attending each session, and in the long term by maintaining a shared foundation for your board as directors come and go.

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Costs for Participation

The cost to attend the CBL 101 is included in the annual CBLD program fee. (Not in CBLD? Please contact Thane Joyal for more information.)

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Logistical Overview of Events

This event is a full day -- we will provide participants with light breakfast and lunch as well as light snacks and beverages at breaks during the day.  The CBL 101 runs from 9:00-4:30.  Breakfast is available starting at 8:30.

Using this link you can register one or more people for an event using the below link. Each person you register will be sent an email with detailed logistical information for the event. No payment is required to register. Please contact us if you have any questions in advance of registering!  

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“ These programs give an open forum for our staff and directors to consider growth and development in a unique, community-centered way. ”

Chris Dilley, General Manager, People's Food Co-op, Kalamazoo, Mich.

“ The value to our co-op is higher when a lot of people participate in CBLD events. ”

Mary Avery, Board Chair, Neighborhood Co-op Grocery, Carbondale, Ill.

“ The result of this training has helped make board meetings productive and visionary. ”

Molly Langley, General Manager, The Co-op Natural Foods, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

“ Board orientation becomes a shared learning experience if your new board members have already been to CBL 101. ”

Sharon Murphy, General Manager, Whole Foods Co-op, Duluth, Minn.

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