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Co-op board members and managers have three opportunities to participate in meaningful exchanges with each other at the in-person sessions offered by CDS Consulting Co-op’s CBLD Team.

At the CBL 101, Leadership Training, and Cooperative Cafe, participants gain inspiration and practical tools for governing their food co-ops and engaging with their local communities.


2015 Schedule of In-Person Events

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Region CBL101: Foundation for Board Leadership Leadership Training: Skill Building Cooperative Cafe: Connecting Our Co-ops and Communities
Who should attend? Newly elected directors, candidates, general managers and successors Board leaders, general managers and others looking to develop their leadership skills Directors, managers, membership and marketing leaders, staff, committee members and anyone involved in your co-op’s relationship with members and community
Northeast January 10, Keene, N.H. January 10, Keene, N.H. March 7, Keene, N.H.
Mid-Atlantic July 11, Philadelphia July 11, Philadelphia TBD, Philadelphia
Southeast January 24, Asheville, N.C. January 24, Asheville, N.C. March 28, Asheville, N.C.
Michigan May 16, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. May 16, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. October 24, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Minnesota/Wisconsin January 10 and September 19, Minneapolis/St. Paul January 10, Minneapolis/St. Paul March 21, Eau Claire, Wisc.
Northwest March 28, Portland, Ore. March 28, Portland, Ore. October 17, Provender, Hood River, Ore.
California September 26, Sacramento, Calif. September 26, Sacramento, Calif. March 14, Sacramento, Calif.
Southwest January 24, Albuquerque, N.M. January 24, Albuquerque, N.M. November 7, Albuquerque, N.M.


The Cooperative Cafe—not just for boards!

The Co-op Cafe provides a day of highly interactive and engaging strategic conversations designed to build shared understanding and alignment at your co-op and among co-ops. Cafe conversations focus on participation, and building community and meaningful relationships in our co-ops as essential elements of growing our co-ops.

The Co-op Cafes are sponsored by the National Cooperative Grocers (NCG) and produced by the CDS Consulting Co-op as a series of regional events that make it possible for many people with various roles in a co-op to participate in a day of strategic conversation with people in similar roles at other co-ops in the region. There is a modest fee per participant.

Cafe presentations and roundup videos are available here.

Who should attend: Directors, general managers, managers involved in co-op development, membership and marketing staff, committee members and anyone involved in the co-op’s relationship with members and the community.


Leadership Training—personal/professional leadership development

The Leadership Training focuses on three levels of leadership development: individual skill building, building an effective team, and integrating the strategic process into a work plan. Participants are introduced to leadership concepts and practice using relevant topics and scenarios, including leadership for growing co-ops.

Who should attend: Board leaders, general managers and others looking to develop their leadership skills.


CBL 101—Foundations for Board Leadership

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


Costs for Participation

For 2015, participation in the Cooperative Cafe is a modest per person fee of $60 to cover meals and incidentals. Bring eight or more people and we’ll pay for one (eight can come for $420). More are welcome!

The cost to attend the CBL 101 and Leadership Training are included in the annual CBLD program fee. (Not in CBLD? Please contact Mark Goehring for more information.)

Register here for an event in 2015

Logistical Overview of Events

Each of these events 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 and Leadership training run from 9:00-4:30. The Cooperative Cafe runs from 9:30-4:00. Breakfast for all events is available starting at 8:15. Upon registration, you will be sent an email with detailed logistical information for the event. Please contact us if you have any questions in advance of registering!