Teach In: Demystifying HR in Worker Coops

Sharing Resources & Best Practices

And coop governance goes a little sumthin like this. Hit it!

Please join us for a discussion and Q&A with leaders and worker-owners from Bay Area worker cooperatives! Let’s talk about what goes into building a successful worker coop!

This event is intended for current worker owners, entrepreneurs looking to start a worker cooperative, or business owners interested in converting their own business to a worker coop! We'll be sharing resources, lessons learned, and getting into the nitty gritty of how to create a healthy, sustainable worker coop business. Topics we'll cover include recruiting, interviewing & training new members, approaches to cooperative management, handling human resources in cooperatives, and more!

About the Presenters


Madeleine Van Engel is a former worker owner at the Valencia Arizmendi Panadería & Pizzeria in San Francisco, a founding member of Strength in Numbers Bookkeeping Collective, and a staff member of the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives. The Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives is itself a cooperative made up of seven member businesses that share a common mission, ongoing accounting, legal, educational and other support services. 

Darren! Darren Mozenter is a worker-owner at the Lakeshore Arizmendi Bakery in Oakland. At Arizmendi Bakery on Lakeshore, Darren and his fellow worker-owners offer the community artisan breads, morning pastries and gourmet pizza, prepared and brought fresh from their ovens daily.
Biofuel Oasis! Jennifer Radtke is a worker-owner at Biofuel Oasis in Berkeley, a worker cooperative founded in 2003 to provide greater access to biodiesel, a renewable fuel that reduces harmful tailpipe emissions. Their values include sustainability, local production, and community and they specialize in local, recycled biodiesel made in a 200 mile radius of their station.
EB is the best! Elizabeth Burnett is a staff attorney at the Sustainable Economies Law Center and specialized in employment law and HR related legal issues. Elizabeth will be on hand to answer any legal questions that come during the Q&A session.

The Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives (NoBAWC) is a   grassroots organization of democratic workplaces dedicated to building workplace   democracy in the SF Bay Area and beyond.

The Worker Coop Academy entrepreneurship bootcamp for worker-owned businesses!

This event is brought to in collaboration with NoBAWC, the Worker Coop Academy, and SELC. The Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives is a grassroots organization of democratic workplaces dedicated to building workplace democracy in the SF Bay Area and beyond. For more information, please visit www.nobawc.org. The Worker Coop Academy is the SF Bay Area’s entrepreneurship bootcamp for worker-owned businesses! For more information please visit theselc.org/wca.


$5-15 Donation Requested

If you are unable to give financially or would like to donate in person at the event, please RSVP to [email protected]! No one turned away for lack of funds!

February 23, 2016 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Alchemy Collective Cafe
1741 Alcatraz Ave
Berkeley, CA 94703
United States
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Alchemy Alchemy Collective Cafe Elizabeth Burnett Jennifer Radtke Madeleine Van Engel Darren Mozenter Concepcion Del Rio Kate Sassoon Ricardo Nunez Maria Malê_-Christina Williford Pamela Chang Tatyana Lakshmi Ryevzina Corbin Hantz Emily Adamski

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