The National Conference

May 22-24, 2019

JW Marriott | Washington, DC


A Quick Look at This Year's Conference

ESOP Association volunteers and Committee Members have developed a top-notch roster of content for The National Conference. 


25+ Sessions on Culture & Communication

This conference is the highlight of the year for companies seeking new and effective ways to communicate with their employee owners. 


Board of Directors Track

This full-track of programming is exclusively for Directors of ESOP company Boards. Get immersed in governance topics and meet Directors from ESOP companies across the country. Outside and inside directors alike will benefit from these sessions. 



Join your peers for round table discussions on:

  • ESOP Communications Committees
  • Large ESOP Company Issues
  • Small ESOP Company Issues
  • Issues facing CEOs, CFOs, and HR Executives
    • And more!

Chapter Showcase

Our chapters hold more than 100 meetings each year—and the best of the best appear here, all in one place at one time! 

Something for Everyone

Historically, the National Conference has been the place for employee owners—especially those on ESOP communication committees—to learn new techniques from their peers about communications and culture. But truly everyone can benefit from attending.

The high-quality technical sessions, round tables, and Board of Directors track make the National Conference a perfect destination for executives and board members from ESOP companies.

And leaders from The Association's 18 Chapters also gain by gathering and sharing best practices. 

Every year, attendees tell us they learned something new that alone was worth the price of admission. Join us May 22-24 and let us know what you learn! 



Find the Content Meant for You

For Employee Owners

Culture & Communications Content Galore! 

With a whole track dedicated to helping employee owners understand their ESOP and live the  ownership culture, this conference is the premiere spot for anyone who chairs or participates in an ESOP culture or communication committee! Come learn at the sessions and interact with committee members at other ESOP companies.  

For Executives

Insights for Trustees, Executives, and Board Members

With both traditional sessions and exclusive round table opportunities, leaders at ESOP companies have plenty of ways to learn and network. 

For New Attendees

Easy Path for First Timers

Never been to the National Conference before? No worries! Our Orientation Session will get you started on the path to great content and making hundreds of new ESOP friends. 

Special Events

After spending a day learning and networking, take advantage of these great opportunities to hit the town.
May 22, 2019 

Awards Banquet

Come to this semi-formal affair and celebrate the people and companies earning awards—including the prestigious Annual Awards for Communications Excellence. Your banquet ticket is included in your registration.

May 23, 2019

Night Tour of the Monuments

A great way to see DC at night! (For a sample, see this video.) Be driven straight to DC's finest sites, and hear great stories from expert guides between stops. Register early: This event sells out quickly.
May 22-24, 2019

DC Social Scene

Great dining, dancing, music, and theater are steps from the conference. Find local attractions in this guide by The ESOP Association staff. Staying for Memorial Day? See the last Rolling Thunder Ride and other weekend activities

May 22, 2019
Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill Visits

Consider flying in a day early to visit your elected officials on Capitol Hill. Check our Advocacy Kit and talk to your chapter officers, who may coordinate visits. Most importantly, invite your representatives to visit your company back home!


confhotelHotel rooms will be available at a discounted rate through The ESOP Association room block, until the room block is sold out or the deadline ends—whichever comes first. 

So don't delay! Reserve your hotel room today by clicking here.

Valet and overnight parking is available at the JW Marriott Washington DC. Oversized vehicles cost extra' the garage has a height clearance of 6 feet 4 inches.

The hotel is located one block from the Metro Center station, with immediate access to four of the six lines run by the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority. For information on fairs, routes, and travel times, see



Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Distance: 4 miles
Estimated taxi fare: $20 (one way)

Washington Dulles International Airport
Distance: 26 miles
Estimated taxi fare: $60 (one way)

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Distance: 34 miles
Estimated taxi fare: $90 (one way)
Alternate transportation: Amtrak train from BWI to Union Station, Metro from Union Station to hotel.


Register online today!

To pay by check, download a registration form that will automatically calculate your registration fees when you type in your information. (Please mail or fax the completed form to us, using the information on the form.)

Want to save money? Register before April 24 to get a discounted rate. Nonmembers who join The Association save significantly on registration while also enjoying the benefits of membership!

When registering, purchase:

  • Additional tickets to the Awards Banquet (May 22)
  • Tickets to the Night Tour of the Monuments (May 23)

The ESOP Association National Conference, May 22-24: Don't miss it!