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TEA National Conference 2022

The 2022 National Conference from The ESOP Association

The TEA National Conference has been the foundation of our community's public policy efforts, taking place in May, for nearly five decades.

This year’s conference is the first event in a generation convening the ESOP Community to build a new policy agenda. It will serve as your opportunity to give voice to your needs and have a direct impact on the future of employee ownership in America.

Hear directly from your regulators and lawmakers, then join your fellow Association Members and exercise your citizenship during NEW Town Hall meetings on distinct areas of concern to the entire membership. All while also learning the best practices to strengthen and leverage your ESOP's voice within your own company and community.


A New Agenda For ESOPs

ESOPs are experiencing an undeniable increase of interest and support across the nation. Professional firms report that the pipeline of new ESOP formation is nearly full, but still growing. Congressional support for employee ownership remains at an all-time high and deeply bi-partisan.

With mid-term elections approaching in November, The ESOP Association is leading the effort to formulate a new agenda for the next decade. This year-long effort is already underway. The Public Policy Council and our Advisory Committees have already been working hard to guide our policy for the future. The goal is to release new policy proposals and regulatory fixes before the 2022 mid-term elections and in preparation for the 2024 Presidential election.

Town Halls

At this year's National Conference, TEA will convene a series of Town Hall meetings to discuss the policy agenda with the entire Association Membership -- while it is still being formed. Every Member Company of The ESOP Association is requested to have a representative participate. Professional Members of the Association should also participate and share their expertise. A special registration has been created to ensure all Member companies and Professionals can participate virtually if unable to attend in person.

Industry Recognitions

Each year, our awards celebration features our top national awards, such as the Employee Owner of the Year, and ESOP Company of the Year. This year we will also be announcing our inaugural ESOP Champion Award for an elected or appointed figure who has demonstrated an unusual level of support and commitment to ESOPs. This year, our awards ceremony will be held over lunch on Thursday, May 5.

Advocacy Day and Advocacy Academy

The Advocacy Academy is TEA's exclusive public affairs and advocacy training program. Our goal is to build your foundational knowledge and provide you with the tools you need to become advocates within your company, your community and in the political process. Our Congressional fly-in, called ESOP Advocacy Day, will be held the following day. Please visit our Advocacy Day website for the latest information and instructions on getting involved.


Three Ways to Attend:

Option 1:  Attend in Person. Due to space and COVID restrictions, in-person attendance is currently limited to 500 attendees that may be purchased on a first-come, first-serve basis. A wait list will be maintained in the event are able to offer more in-person attendance.

Option 2:  Attend Entire Conference Virtually. A virtual registration is available for those who may not be able to travel or can't attend in person. This option provides 100% of the experience you expect from TEA.

        PLEASE NOTE: FOR OPTION 1 and 2, all conference sessions and recordings are included in the price of registration.

Option 3:  Attend Town Halls and Keynotes Only Virtually. A special deeply discounted Keynote and Town Hall only registration is available for those wishing to only participate in these Membership-wide portions of the conference. This option is only available to off-site participants who cannot attend in-person.


This year's event will be returning to the Renaissance Washington. Newly renovated and located in the heart of DC, with an extensive fitness center, and just a short walk from the International Employee Ownership Center that will serve as the Home Base for Advocacy, this hotel will provide a fantastic setting with plenty of space for safely interacting with fellow attendees right in the heart of our Nation's Capital.


Tues. May 3 - Advocacy Academy

Wed. May 4 - Advocacy Day

Wed. May 4 - Opening Reception

Thurs. May 5 - General Sessions, Awards Lunch, Town Halls, and Learning Sessions

Fri. May 6 - General Sessions, Town Halls, Learning Sessions, and EOF Lunch


Visit our website to learn more and register.