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Co-op Governance Highlights and Trends: A First Look at Results from the Cooperative Governance Survey
In October, UWCC invited over 4,400 U.S. cooperatives to be a part of an ambitious new study to examine governance practices across sectors and over time. This webinar will provide a sneak peek at findings from the first Cooperative Governance Research Initiative (CGRI) survey. Dr. Laura Hanson Schlachter will share takeaways from our preliminary analysis of survey data and invite participants to help identify key themes to explore deeper in follow-up interviews. Courtney Berner will also share how our research team plans to use CGRI data to develop practical tools to help cooperatives of all kinds advance their governance practices.

Jan 31, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Courtney Berner
Executive Director @UW Center for Cooperatives
Courtney Berner joined the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives in 2011 and served as a cooperative development specialist until assuming the role of executive director in January 2018. Courtney develops research, outreach, and education programs on cooperatives and provides support to new and established cooperatives in a wide range of industries. Her areas of expertise include cooperative education, business development, cooperative finance and governance, and innovative uses of the cooperative model. Courtney also teaches a course on cooperatives at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and loves challenging students to think critically about why co-ops emerge, how they differ from other forms of enterprise, and how the model can be used to address current social and economic issues.
Dr. Laura Hanson Schlachter
Researcher @UW Center for Cooperatives
Laura Hanson Schlachter joined the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives in January 2021 to lead the Cooperative Governance Research Initiative and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Trends in the Cooperative Community survey. Both projects leverage Laura’s expertise in mixed methods research, survey design, and community economic development policy. Laura’s research and teaching are at the intersection of environmental, economic, and political sociology. She earned her PhD in Sociology and Community & Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2020 and has published peer-reviewed articles, policy reports, and an undergraduate textbook in addition to directing the Democracy at Work Institute’s 2017 Worker Co-op Census. Her scholarship has received generous support from the National Science Foundation, AmeriCorps, Women & Wellbeing in Wisconsin & the World (4W), and Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing.