The U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the Network of Bay Area Cooperatives invite you to a day of skill-building and networking for worker co-ops and members of democratic workplaces in the Bay Area region of the U.S. We’ll be focused on nuts and bolts workshops to build leadership and the tools needed to grow the worker co-op movement.

Western Worker Cooperative Convening: San Francisco, California
July 20th, 2019
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM

The Women’s Building
3543 18th Street #8,
San Francisco, CA 94110

Huge thanks to our sponsors: 

Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives  |  Ubuntu Coffee Cooperative  |  The Cheese Board Collective
Local Enterprise Assistance Fund (LEAF)Three Stone HearthRainbow Grocery Cooperative
Mandela Grocery CooperativeArizmendi Valencia




Registration is open

Full-price registration for the day-long convening is $125, and includes lunch.

Please register by July 17th so that we are able to coordinate logistics for the day. We are not able to guarantee food, childcare, or interpretation requests made after 8:00AM on July 17th.

Member Discounts

MEMBERS receive a $50 discount off the listed registration rate.

To access this discount, your cooperative or organization must be a dues-paying member of a national worker cooperative membership organization such as (for example) the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives.

To access the member discount promo Code: Email with 'Member Convening Discount Code Request' in the subject line and include the name of the national membership organization you're a member of. We will respond within 2 business days.

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Would you like to volunteer at the Western Worker Cooperative Convening in Olympia, or work for a small registration discount? Please fill out this form by July 14, 2019.




8:30 AM- 9:30 AM Registration & Coffee
9:30 AM - 11:30 PM Making Open Book Management Real: Finding your Critical Number, Auditorium  Rebecca Bauen and Kirk Vartan
Facilitate for Freedom: A training in Anti-Oppression Facilitation, Audre Lorde Sassy Facilitation and AORTA
Organizing Ourselves to Get Things Done: An Introduction to Sociocracy 

Audre Lorde,  Room B

Sheella Mierson
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch (Provided) Auditorium
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM From a good job to financial security: innovations in asset building in worker coops, Auditorium Hilary Abell
Getting on Common Ground – Conflict Resolution for Co-ops, Audre Lorde Esteban Kelly
Prospera Fellowship: The Challenges and Gifts of Latina Women in the Co-op World, Room A Ana Castaño, Anahi Rojas, and Ximena Orozco
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM What We Talk About When We Talk About Budgets & Plans, Auditorium Laura Smoot
Building the Team You Want, Audre Lorde Esteban Kelly
Board Roles & Responsibilities, Room A Morgan Crawford
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM Designing, Discussing, and Re-inventing your business model within a cooperative framework, Auditorium Daniel Arrañaga
Engaging your Co-op Members, Audre Lorde Leslie Leyba, Laura Smoot, Kate Barut
3 Preguntas Profundas para Iniciar or Desarrollar Su Cooperativa, Room A Anahi Rojas
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Co-op Community Party - City Art Cooperative Gallery

828 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110




Ana Castaño (Prospera Community Development)

Anahi Rojas (Professional Eco Cleaning)

Brisia Rodríguez (Home Green Home)

Claudia Arroyo (Prospera Community Development)

Daniel Arrañaga (US Federation of Worker Cooperatives)

Esteban Kelly (US Federation of Worker Cooperatives)

Hilary Abell (Project Equity)

Jay Tzvia Helfand (White Noise Collective)

Kate Barut (US Federation of Worker Cooperatives)

Kirk Vartan (A Slice of New York)

Laura Smoot (US Federation of Worker Cooperatives)

Leslie Leyba (Rainbow Grocery)

Miguel Gavaldón

Nicole Wires (White Noise Collective)

Rebecca Bauen (Democracy at Work Institute)

Sarah Vegas (Niles Pie)

Sheela Mierson (The Sociocracy Consulting Group)



Housing: We are not organizing housing for the convening, however there are many nearby hotel options.

Food: Lunch will be provided for all participants.

Transportation: To get to the Women's Building, you can: take BART to the 16th Street Station; take Muni bus lines 14, 22, 26, 33, 49, or the J Church; or park using metered or non-metered street parking, in the Mission/Bartlett Garage, or in the 16th St/Hoff Garage.

Childcare: Registration for child care has closed. Childcare will not be provided due to the lack of interested persons. If you have any questions, please send an email to

Interpretation: English/Spanish interpretation will be provided throughout the day for one workshop session at a time- as well as during lunch, and. Email email with questions.

Please register by July 17th so that we are able to coordinate logistics for the day. We are not able to guarantee food, childcare, or interpretation requests made after 8:00AM on July 17th.

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