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Emerging Leaders:
Building a Cooperative Finance Foundation
Save the Date: July 13-14, 2021
Hilton Garden Inn, Manhattan


Emerging Leaders: Building a Cooperative Finance Foundation is a program that will focus on learning and applying fundamental financial concepts and tools to issues facing your cooperative. Many decisions made by cooperative employees, even non-financial employees, have an impact on the cooperative’s bottom line. Understanding the impact of these decisions as well as decisions by senior management and the board of directors is critically important for all cooperative employees. Why? Ultimately, the financial implications of all of these decisions flow back to the cooperative’s farmer-owners. In this unique program, agricultural economics faculty and other cooperative finance experts will engage participants by providing them educational material on cooperative finance that will be applied during the program and beyond.

Who should attend? The target audience is not necessarily financial employees. It's those emerging leaders in the co-op who want to expand their knowledge of the cooperative as a whole. These emerging leaders might be new cooperative employees or employees who are looking to move up in the organization. They might be employees with great potential to lead or they might be employees who need a refresher on cooperative finance. All are welcome to attend. Ideally, it is beneficial to have at least two from your organization in attendance but this is not a requirement.

Registration: Online Registration Form

Registration Deadline: June 25, 2021

Payment: Registration fees are due within 5 days of registering for the program.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received on or before June 25, 2021 will receive a full refund. Cancellations received between June 26 - July 6, may either (1) receive a 50% carry forward for that individual for the following year's program or (2) apply their registration fee to a substitute attendee. There will be no refund for cancellations received after July 6, 2021. Exceptions to this policy for personal emergencies/force majeure will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Program Information: Building a Cooperative Finance Foundation (July 13-14, 2021) 

Program Agenda: Building a Cooperative Finance Foundation Agenda

Program Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 410 S 3rd St, Manhattan, KS 66502 

Hotel:  The conference hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn and the group rate is $119/night which includes breakfast. Group rate deadline is June 25, 2021. 48 hour cancellation policy.

There are two ways to reserve your hotel room:

1. Make your reservation online:    

2. or, Call the hotel > reservations (785-532-9116) and ask for “KSU Emerging Leaders Finance” group rate 

Tobias with Emerging LeadersAirport Information: Manhattan Regional Airport (airport code: MHK) is located just west of town. Flights into Manhattan connect through Dallas and Chicago on American Airlines. Rental cars and taxis are options for getting to the Holiday Inn at the Campus.

Kansas City International Airport is just over two hours east of Manhattan. Rental cars are available at KCI if you prefer to fly and drive.

General information about Manhattan, Kansas, and Kansas State University:

The purpose of the Emerging Leaders programs is to provide innovative educational opportunities to emerging leaders in companies that operate on a cooperative basis. Relevant cooperative topics will be covered in such a way that participants will leave with tools and a deeper understanding of how to lead within their own company. In addition, participants will get the opportunity to learn from leading experts as well as develop a network of other cooperative employees.


Emerging Leader Program Testimonials:

Very insightful. Enjoyed the hands-on exercises.

Enjoyed the interaction and ability to work together.

Very good meeting. I learned a lot of good information and tools to use in the future.

Good program. Glad to be involved. A lot of takeaways to make me better at my job and understanding of the co-op structure.

The information provided is very valuable and it is presented in a very understandable manner.

Good insights on current issues facing cooperatives.

All topics were relevant and very well explained.

It's a great program to give an employee insight into the inner financial workings of the co-op. Why and how decisions are made.

We need more of our employees to fully understand financials and the impact on the business.

I believe everyone in the co-op should understand the basics of financial information and understand patronage.

Great way to learn more about co-ops and great networking too.