October 7 – 11, 2019


The Heldrich Hotel and
Conference Center
New Brunswick, NJ 08901


$2,500 *

* Inquire here for scholarship and discount opportunities for group registration.

Participatory Management Certificate Program

Successful companies need to be agile, and successful managers know that the more employees are engaged, the faster they can respond and pivot to meet changing conditions. More and more companies are seeking to create a participatory work environment and an organizational culture where managers willingly share information, encourage employees to think and act like owners, empower employees to be more accountable, and involve employees in decision-making. Yet most managers are not sure how to do this. 

Upon completion of this certificate program, business owners and managers will understand and use:

  • Open book management tools and techniques to communicate critical financial metrics and engage employees in tracking them, including how and when to include employees in critical business decisions; 

  • Strategic thinking and decision-making tools and techniques that invite broad participation and account for multiple stakeholders; and

  • High-performance human resource tools and techniques to enhance employee engagement, improve performance, develop effective communication skills, and promote leadership development.


Kyla Alterman is a community organizer and a teacher with a longstanding interest in workplace democracy. She presently works in Revere, MA as the Community Engagement Manager for The Neighborhood Developers where she organizes residents around affordable housing, neighbor-to-neighbor connections, and neighborhood leadership. Beginning in the summer of 2018, Kyla began an internship at Ownership Associates, Inc. of Cambridge, MA. She has focused on updating OA training products including adaptations for digital users.


Jennifer Briggs served as VP of Human Resources at New Belgium Brewing, which launched in 1991, and became 100% employee-owned in 2012. Jen created a winning 'best of' workplace at New Belgium (Most Democratic Workplace for 7 years, andWall 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—including at the UC San Diego Rady School of Management's Beyster Institute. Building healthy, profitable and participative companies is her passion.


Chris Mackin is the founder and President of Ownership Associates, Inc. of Cambridge, MA.  At Ownership Associates, he provides “after the transaction” training services to companies broadly owned by their employees using both cooperative and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) structures. He serves as a Lecturer at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations where he teaches a full semester undergraduate course on employee ownership.  He earned a Doctorate in Human Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1984 with a thesis called The Social Psychology of Ownership: A Case Study of a Democratically Owned Firm.


Linshuang (pronounced “Lin-Shang”) Lu, MSOD, is a Principal at Praxis Consulting Group. She currently provides organization development, strategic planning, leadership development and culture change services to nonprofits and employee-owned companies. She is passionate about helping organizations develop their leaders and foster deeper staff engagement in order to create better workplaces and achieve greater impact. She has served on the Board of the ESOP Association and the National Center for Employee Ownership.  


Jamila Medley is executive director of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) and is a passionate advocate and educator for the advancement and growth of the cooperative economy. In her work with existing and start-up co-ops, Jamila provides support for leadership development, cooperative economics education, navigating group dynamics, and creating adaptive systems to support group process and learning.  She holds a M.S. degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and earned her B.A. degree in Urban Studies from Connecticut College.  Jamila was the the Philadelphia Community Fellow for the 2018 Shared Economics in Equitable Development Fellowship, serves on the board of directors for Media Mobilizing Project, and also works as a consultant with CDS Consulting Co-op.   


Bill Castellano is executive director of the Rutgers Center for Employee Ownership. His research, teaching, and consulting activities are focused on the effective management of contract human capital and strategic alliances, employee engagement, and aligning business and human resource strategies to enhance organizational effectiveness. He has over 25 years of experience working in corporate Fortune 50, entrepreneurial and research environments. He was a Managing Partner at an executive search firm and a Chief Marketing Officer at a national HR outsourcing company. Bill also held senior HR management positions at Merrill Lynch and Manufacturers Hanover Trust, where he was involved with human resource strategies and practices that supported both individual business groups and the global enterprise.


Rebecca Bauen directs the Democracy at Work Institute’s training program aimed at helping worker cooperative members, managers and developers to learn tools and frames for business sustainability and growth.  The program offers intensives, fellowships, workshops, webinars, and offerings through the School for Democratic Management. She has long-standing experience in worker cooperative development and adult education. As Executive Director of WAGES in Oakland, California from l999-2003, Rebecca directed the organization toward scaling green cleaning cooperatives. Prior to this, she supported the start-up of an interpreting coop and led a workplace conversion project of a union cabinet making company in Washington State. Working for the Northwest Cooperative Federation, she organized the first four years of the annual Western Worker Cooperative Conference, and taught courses on worker cooperatives and popular education at UC Berkeley and The Evergreen State College. She has published multiple articles and reports on community development and cooperatives for GEO, the ICA Group and Dollars & Sense. She is a member of the Cooperative Charitable Trust, participating in study trips of Argentine recuperated factories, Cuba, Emilia Romagna, and Mondragon. Rebecca holds a M.P.A. with a focus on regional economic development and environmental sustainability.