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NRECA BLC 925.1 Co-op Bylaws-guiding principles & current issues

 Export to Your Calendar 8/18/2020
When: August 18, 2020
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: Radisson Blu Mall of America
2100 Killebrew Drive
Bloomington, Minnesota  55425
United States
Contact: Karen Miller, Event & Membership Coordinator

Online registration is available until: 8/18/2020
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(This is a pre-conference to Energy Issues Summit


August 18, 2020 (T 8-3)

Radisson Blu Mall of America, Bloomington


Conference meetings and training events
Cooperative Network Sector Meeting, August 18 (T 4-5:30)




The continuing evolution of the structure of the electric industry in the U.S. has brought about increased scrutiny by consumers and regulators. As a result, many electric cooperatives are being challenged to make sure their bylaws adequately address new situations including changing membership, "large load" exceptions to some state territorial laws, diversified services, distributed generation and changes in some state or federal laws and regulations. This course will assist directors, CEOs and agents of electric cooperatives in undertaking a comprehensive review of the co-op's bylaws and highlight the implications of these changes, issues and challenges on future bylaw revisions.


  • Overview of the role of bylaws
  • Member issues and expectations
  • Director issues and expectations
  • Issues impacting co-op operations as not-for-profit corporations
  • Revising and amending bylaws


“Cooperatives are the best business model on earth.”  —Adam Schwartz

Adam Schwartz, Founder, The Cooperative Way in  a strategic alliance with CDS Consulting Co-op

As the founder of The Cooperative Way, a consulting firm dedicated to assisting all types of cooperative businesses succeed, Adam Schwartz is a passionate advocate for cooperatives. The Cooperative Way is a strategic partner with CDS Consulting Co-op, a shared services cooperative of 35 cooperative consultants.

Adam provides strategic guidance (for employees, boards and members) for organizations seeking to utilize cooperative principles and values as a primary force in serving their members and the community. He works with co-ops in all sectors from startups to very mature co-ops. In March of 2017 he spent 3 weeks in Madagascar working to help start a new vanilla farmer’s co-op.

He is an adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington – College of Business in Fredericksburg, Virginia teaching about the cooperative business model. He teaches at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) executive training program about how to create a cooperative culture in your organization. He has guest lectured at numerous universities including Princeton, Ball State and University of California- Davis.

Prior to founding The Cooperative Way, Adam served as vice president for public affairs and member services from 2005-2011 for the National Cooperative Business Association.  From 2001-2005 Adam was Vice President of External Affairs for the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative.  From 1992-2001, Adam was a senior legislative representative for the NRECA. He is a frequent speaker and author on cooperative business. He writes a monthly column #Gocoop-The Future of Co-ops in NRECA’s RE Magazine. Adam has appeared on MSNBC and CNN to promote cooperatives as the better business model for economic and social change.

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*NRECA Directors courses


Cooperative directors, GMs/CEOs, IT managers and supervisors, managers of finance, accounting, engineering, and administration, budget analysts and statewide training coordinators.



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