The NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership's events are intended to promote the stability and growth of each state's economy by increasing awareness of the benefits of employee ownership for the businesses, business owners, employees, and communities of New Jersey and New York.

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Upcoming Events



Mark your calendar for October 26th and plan to join this informative and exciting event!

Space is limited, so register today.

Our Conference features two subject area tracks:  Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and Equity Compensation.

Gain insights from top stock plan experts and company issuers who will share their experiences, ideas, and best practices on important topics such as:

  • Critical issues to consider when developing an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)

  • What peer companies are doing to enhance their stock plans

  • What makes an Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) attractive to employees

  • Employee financial wellness and stock plans

Friday, October 26, 2018
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
The Heldrich Hotel and Conference Center
New Brunswick, New Jersey

We thank our sponsors for their support of our center and this conference.







The NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership frequently hosts webinars which are recorded and available here for you to view at your convenience.  Please follow the links below to watch the recorded webinar of your choice.

Understanding the Research for Enhancing the Return on Your Equity Compensation Program - 9/13/18

How can a company measure the ROI of their equity compensation program? Dr. Bill Castellano discusses this topic and provides effective strategies that can enhance the impact of your equity compensation program. Plus, learn how to apply research findings into practice and communicate the value of your company's equity compensation program.

ESOPs as a Succession Planning and Wealth Creation Tool for Business Owners - 7/18/18

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) can offer significant succession planning and wealth creation benefits. They are also prized as the ultimate in employee motivation, as they make the employee into a vested owner of the company. In this webinar, we examined the key features and considerations, as well as instances where ESOPs make sense.  View this recording and learn what factors about the business, owners, and business timeline make it attractive to use an ESOP. Also, determine whether an ESOP is appropriate to accomplish a business owner's succession planning and wealth creation goals, understand the succession and tax planning opportunity, and outline considerations and steps to implement an ESOP.

Equity Compensation - 5/7/18

Many closely held firms want to provide employees with a stake in the company's outcome through some form of equity compensation. But who should get how much? With what rules? And what forms of actual equity or synthetic equity make sense? View our webinar recording and gain an understanding of the way closely held companies can provide equity compensation to employees. Topics such as stock, options, restricted stock, stock appreciation rights, and phantom stock were discussed, as well as their counterparts in limited liability corporations.

Employee Ownership for Business Succession - 3/13/18

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) are a highly-tax favored, flexible way for business owners to provide for ownership transition. An ESOP allows a company to use its future pre-tax earnings to buy out some or all of an owner's shares, and allow the owner to defer taxation on the gain.  An ESOP can preserve business legacy, help to get the seller a fair price, and allows owners to play whatever ongoing role they choose in the company.
ESOPs have been highly successful, but they are not for every company. View our webinar recording to learn how ESOPs work and if they are right for you.

Past Events

ESPP Day - February 8, 2018

The NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership co-sponsored with Computershare an Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) conference on February 8, 2018 in New York.  The ESPP Day conference provided a comprehensive introduction to the important aspects of employee stock purchase plans.

Keynote speaker was Dr. Joseph Blasi, Distinguished Professor and Sociologist at Rutgers. One of the leading academic experts on employee share ownership in the world, Dr. Blasi has written several books, including The Citizen's Share, which traces the history of employee share ownership in the U.S. from its earliest days to today. He also regularly speaks at industry conferences and has written for numerous publications, including Fortune Magazine, where he is a regular commentator.

The conference included presentations from stock plan professionals at Computershare, AON Hewitt, Baker & McKenzie, ISP Advisors, HighTower Advisors,, and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals. Please click here to view the conference presentations.

Employee Ownership Strategies: Building High Performance, Inclusive Companies for the 21st Century

The Rutgers NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership's first Employee Ownership Strategies Conference took place on July 31, 2017.

Thank you to our speakers, sponsors, partners, and participants for making the conference a success!

View the conference presentations and learn more about our speakers below.

Doug Kruse, Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations 
Jim Steiker, Esq., Chairman and CEO, SES Advisors
Loren Rodgers, Executive Director, The National Center for Employee Ownership
Terence "Terry" Griswold, Managing Director and founder, Empire Valuation
Rich Telesmanich, Sr. Vice President and CAO
Matt Hancock, Consultant, Praxis Consulting Group
Debbi Marcus, Manager, Global Equity, Unilever














The New Jersey/New York Center for Employee Ownership (NJ/NYCEO) promotes better understanding of the values of employee ownership among business leaders, public officials, employees, members of the media, students, teachers, nonprofit leaders, consumers, and other persons and organizations in New Jersey and New York. The NJ/NYCEO is a center at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations.

Free webinar on ESOP Feasibility

Wondering if an ESOp is right for your company? Check out this webinar on ESOP feasibility from the NCEO.

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