Lunch & Learn: Project Equity: Succession Transitions

Lunch & Learn: Project Equity: Succession Transitions

Thursday, April 2, 2020 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Hear from the transition experts on how employee buy-outs can work for you. Join members of Santa Cruz SBDC and Project Equity, a nonprofit organization that supports businesses in their succession transitions to employee ownership as provide a one-hour, workshop to discuss how selling your business to your employees helps sustain and foster high-quality jobs, engages employees in professional development, builds community wealth, and honors the legacy of your business.  If you are considering selling an exiting business within the next 1-to-10 years, this hands-on session is for you. This exit strategy works best for businesses that have more than 10 employees, have good financial health, and have a good management system in place. Whether you’re selling to new owners, employees, or transferring to inheritors, this is your springboard to a smart business exit.

Alison Lingane, co-founder of Project Equity
Alison started her career in community-based work, designing and leading micro-enterprise programs for urban youth. Inspired to gain skills to bring programs to scale that create real opportunity for people. She left to get her MBA and co-founded what is now the Global Social Venture Competition, the largest international business plan competition for double or triple bottom line businesses. Prior to launching Project Equity, Alison spent 15 years in executive roles at mission-driven businesses that are designed to have human impact at scale, including Benetech (where she built and launched their first product, a digital book service for individuals with visual or reading disabilities), GreatSchools (the 6th largest parenting website, a nonprofit using information to drive school improvement), and InsideTrack (a venture-backed scaled services company that has delivered 1:1 coaching to over 1 million college students to increase college completion rates).  A serial ‘social entrepreneur,’ in 2006, Alison co-founded a thriving PreK-8th grade dual immersion school in Oakland (Escuela Bilingüe Internacional) that now serves over 360 students. Alison has her B.A. from Harvard University and her MBA from the Haas School of Business. She has been selected as a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow, a 2017-18 Aspen Institute Job Quality Fellow and a 2019 Ashoka Fellow.
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