Hilary Abell of Project Equity (www.project-equity.org) works with small business clients in the Bay Area and in other regions around the country, focusing on employee ownership transitions and in raising awareness and building the ecosystem of support for this powerful business model nationwide. Formerly, she was executive director of WAGES, a worker owned cleaning cooperative in Oakland, CA.
Eric Leenson of SOL2 Economics (www.soleconomics.com) is the founder and president of Sol2 Economic2 (Social Enterprise Solutions), which focuses on responsible enterprise solutions in the U.S. and Latin America. He is co-founder of the La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley and former president of Progressive Asset Management. He is a social enterprise consultant with a wealth of experience in building public-private partnerships and cooperatives.
TBA – A third speaker who has converted a regular business to a worker-owned cooperative will also speak on this panel.