We are excited to introduce the following instructors for the School for Democratic Management crash courses and webinars, who are distinguished managers in their respective industries.
Jennifer Briggs served as VP of Human Resources at New Belgium Brewing, a B Corp brewery. New Belgium launched in 1991, and converted to 32% employee ownership in 1999, moving to 100% employee ownership in 2012. It currently operatesin two locations (Fort Collins, Colorado and Asheville, NC) with 800 employee owners. Duringher 12 years in this position, Jen created a winning 'best of' workplace (Most Democratic Workplace for 7 years, and the Wall Street Journal Best Place to Work in 2008). She now serves as an educator and advisor to companies who want to redefine value in a more holistic manner. Building healthy, profitable and participative companies is her passion. Jen serves on advisory boards for Organically Grown and The Moxie Exchange, is a member of the Board of Directors for PFS Brands and GISinc,and is an associate with the Beyster Institute, which advances employee ownership nationally. She holds a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership, a Graduate certificatein Enterprise Project Management and a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education.
Aaron Dawson is in his 15th year as a worker owner at Equal Exchange, a Fair Trade Massachusetts worker cooperative specializing in the sourcing and distribution of coffee, tea and chocolate. This 30-year-old business converted to a cooperative early in its history, and the majority of its workers are owners (125 of the 150 workers). For the past ten years, Aaron held the role of Customer Service Manager, and in addition, was elected to serve on the cooperative’s Board of Directors for the last six. Aaron holds a Masters in Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions from St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada. He served on the Board of the US Federation of Worker Co-ops for four years and currently is Board Treasurer for the Democracy at Work Institute. Involvement in worker co-ops runs in Aaron's family. His father, Steven Dawson, is a co-founder of the ICA Group, an employee ownership consulting firm and also helped to grow Cooperative Home Care Associates in New York City, as CEO of its non-profit arm, PHI.
Teresa Mansell is a founding mother of Childspace Management Group, Inc., a worker cooperative that has been providing high quality childcare in Philadelphia, PA since 1988. Childspace currently operates three childcare centers throughout the city with 54 workers, and provides professional training opportunities, livable wages and career pathways. Teresa serves as Director of Childspace West, and is in her seventh year as president of the co-op board. Childspace has been vocal advocates and organizers for issues such as paid sick, health care, and the soda tax used to fund pre-K expansion in Philadelphia. Teresa served on the steering committee of Philadelphia’s Shared Prosperity, A Running Start program, initiated to help reduce poverty in the city by focusing on expanding the number of high quality child care slots for the city’s most vulnerable populations. Teresa has facilitated learning circles for the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey supporting directors wanting to increase their program’s quality rating. She also mentors individual childcare programs looking to increase their quality standards.