Chapter Network Fellowship Program

Chapter Network Fellowship Program

 

The US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and Democracy at Work Institute have launched the inaugural Chapter Network Fellowship program for leaders of existing and emerging worker cooperative member associations.

 

The program is designed for member association leaders that seek to strengthen their organizations in collaboration with member networks from around the country. Participants will receive training and share their knowledge and experience in membership governance, technical assistance, worker co-op financing, political advocacy, sustainable fundraising, and other topics.

 

We are excited to announce our inaugural class of 2017 fellows:

  • Adrionna Fike, Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives, California

  • Eden Schulz, The Working World, New York

  • Elie Tiglao, Greater Boston Chamber of Cooperatives, Massachusetts

  • Emily Conner, Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives, California

  • Heather Hax, Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy, Maryland

  • Jamila Medley, Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, Pennsylvania

  • Jonah Fertig, Cooperative Maine, Maine

  • Maya Gaul, Greater Boston Chamber of Cooperatives, Massachusetts

  • Mo Manklang, Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, Pennsylvania

  • Ro McIntyre, Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy, Maryland

  • Rob Brown, Cooperative Maine, Maine

  • Saduf Syal, New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives, New York

  • Tamara Shapiro, New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives, New York

 

Get to know the inaugural class of Fellows

 

Purpose

We believe the future of the worker cooperative movement will be sustained and driven by local and regional member associations that federate to advocate and create stronger conditions for worker ownership.

Worker cooperative member associations play a critical role in

1)      providing training, business support, and technical assistance to their members;

2)      advocating for resources and support from municipal and state governments;

3)      and connecting with local financing opportunities to sustain, grow and expand worker cooperatives.

 

Over the course of the six-month program, Chapter Network Fellows will work together to explore how to support their members and strengthen their member associations. The Fellowship consists of four key components:

 

  • Retreats: During the two retreats at the beginning and end of the program, Fellows participate in networking and other community-building activities with peers and members of the USFWC staff. Retreats include skills workshops, introductions to frameworks, group exercises, and presentations.

  • Webinars: These webinars provide content facilitated by professionals in such areas as cooperative finance, fundraising, and policy advocacy. Webinars introduce tools for network leaders to build and strengthen their organizations.

  • Project Design: Fellows complete a chapter network development plan during the course of the Fellowship.

  • Periodic Assignments: Fellows complete periodic readings and assignments to apply their learning in their work.

Please contact Zen Trenholm at ztrenholm [at] institute.coop (ztrenholm [at] institute.coop) if you have any questions.