Pariticpatory Management Instructors
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.
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.
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.
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.