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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.

Registration for events in 2014 is now open


2014 Schedule of In-Person Schedule

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 11, Keene, N.H. January 11, Keene, N.H. March 15, Keene, N.H.
Mid-Atlantic July 12, Philadelphia July 12, Philadelphia November 1, Philadelphia
Southeast January 25, Asheville, N.C. January 25, Asheville, N.C. March 22, Asheville, N.C.
Michigan May 17, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. May 17, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. October 25, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
Minnesota/Wisconsin January 11, St. Paul and September 27, Minneapolis January 11, St. Paul March 29, Rochester, Minn.
Northwest July 19, Portland, Ore. July 19, Portland, Ore. March 1, Portland, Ore.
California September 20, Sacramento, Calif. September 20, Sacramento, Calif. March 8, Sacramento, Calif.
Southwest January 25, Albuquerque, N.M. January 25, Albuquerque, N.M. October 18, Albuquerque, N.M.


CBL101 – A Foundations Class for Diectors

Cooperative Board Leadership 101 is a one-day training designed to provide a strong foundation for directors. While especially helpful for those new to co-op boards, all directors, top level managers, and board candidates are welcome to participate.

The class topics includes:

  • Cooperative Values and Principles
  • Board Roles and Responsibilities
  • Principles of Cooperative Governance
  • Basic Financial Understanding

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Leadership Training

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. Board chairs, directors, general managers and others interested in leadership development should consider attending.

  • Individual Leadership Skills
  • Building a Great Team
  • Cooperative Strategic Leadership
  • Servant Leadership

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Cooperative Cafe

Co-ops are growing. Participation can be a driving force for cooperatives. The 2014 Cooperative Cafe will explore how we can harness the power of participation to help move our co-ops forward.

The Cooperative Cafe is a format for focused conversations that advance our thinking, build shared understanding, and create alignment. The day is highly interactive with brief presentations and guided exchanges that offer co-op leaders a how-to for cultivating similar involvement in their local communities.

The Cooperative Cafe is for everyone involved in creating and sustaining a development culture at your co-op. The Cooperative Cafe connects local co-op leaders to a national dialogue about the future for food co-ops. Being in the conversations at the Cooperative Cafe will improve the conversations back home…in board meetings, retreats, management team meetings, and everyday discussions with members, staff, and community.

If you have not attended the Cooperative Cafe, now is the perfect opportunity to take part in a conversation about the impact greater participation has in your community. If you attended in 2012 or 2013, come back for a new theme, different questions, and fresh conversations.

There is an additional cost per person of $50 to cover meals and incidentals. Bring eight or more people and we’ll pay for one (eight can come for $350). More are welcome!

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