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The ESOP Podcast Ep 33 – Women in ESOPs with Kimberly Jones, President of Butler/Till

The ESOP Podcast Episode 33 – Women in ESOPs with Kimberly Jones, President of Butler/Till

In this week’s episode, we are excited to share an #NCEO18 session that was, to our knowledge, a first of its kind at any national ESOP conference; we’re sharing the audio from the April 18th, 2018, NCEO “Workshop for Women in ESOPs” led by Kimberly Jones, who is the president of Butler/Till, an employee-owned media and communications agency based in Rochester, New York.  In this session, women in the ESOP community candidly discussed the challenges they face due to their gender in a traditionally male-dominated industry. The workshop was light-hearted and productive and is hopefully only the beginning of an ongoing conversation that will help keep the ESOP community dynamic and inclusive.

Tune into The ESOP Podcast Episodes 30, 31, and 32 for further coverage of presentations at #NCEO18, the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) 2018 Annual Conference, held April 18-20, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Awesome women’s event @theNCEO. Thank you Kim Jones @ButlerTill”

Photo and quote from Value Management, Inc. () on Twitter, 2:31 PM April 18th, 2018

More about Kimberly Jones and Butler/Till


Source: Butler/Till

“Ms. Kimberly Jones serves as the President of Butler/Till Media Services, Inc and served as its Vice President of Digital Media and Vice President of Client Services. Ms. Jones is also an expert juggler—and we’re not talking tennis balls. Account teams. Creative service teams. Client needs. Client needs they don’t even know they need yet. A family. A Martha Stewart tendency. A to-read list a mile long. And she does it all effortlessly, with not a curl out of place. Before Butler/Till, Kimberly was at Bausch + Lomb, The Wolf Group (now Partners + Napier). She earned her MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.” [Source: Bloomberg Profile.]

More about NCEO

The National Center for Employee Ownership “is a nonprofit membership and research organization that was founded in 1981 to provide the most objective and reliable information possible on employee ownership at the most affordable price possible.”  [Source: About NCEO]


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The ESOP Podcast Episode 15

The ESOP Podcast Episode 15 – Kathy Speaker MacNett of SkarlatosZonarich LLC on Anti-Discrimination Policies and Creating a Healthy Work Environment

Our guest is Kathy Speaker MacNett, an attorney specializing in labor relations and employment law, with SkarlatosZonarich LLC in Harrisburg, PA. Kathy Speaker MacNett sat down with Bret Keisling of Captial Trustees, LLC in December 2017 to address the very topical issue of creating a healthy work environment. Content note: While this podcast is not explicit, it does address in general terms the existence of rape and sexual assault and the existence of LGBTQ+ and racial discrimination in the workplace. 

Sexual harassment and assault in the workplace have been at the top of headlines recently, with several prominent cases highlighted by the #MeToo movement. Kathy Speaker MacNett encourages you to look at your employment policies and ensure you are addressing all forms of discrimination. While the desire to create a discrimination-free environment is not unique to ESOP companies, the importance of a healthy workplace culture is such a key component to the success of an employee-owned company that ESOPs are particularly well-positioned to face this issue directly. Prevention is the best policy. If an ESOP company does not have an anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy, they should stop listening to this podcast and talk to someone about writing a policy for them now.

The slide deck with the background to this discussion referenced in this podcast is available here:

Capital Trustees – 2017 Sexual Harassment Power Point (as a PDF)
After Hollywood's Failure: Shine A Light on Your Sexual Harassment Policies

More about Kathy Speaker MacNett

Kathy Speaker MacNett [Source: SkarlatosZonarich, People]

Kathy Speaker MacNett focuses her practice on management-side labor relations, employment law and related legislative and regulatory developments. Her practice combines preventive approaches as well as representation of employers before federal and state administrative agencies and courts.  Ms. MacNett represents public and private sector employers and non-profit organizations in a wide range of labor and employment law matters including workers’ and unemployment compensation proceedings, FMLA issues, prevailing wage disputes, discrimination complaints, Affirmative Action prevention and investigations, restrictive covenant enforcements, handbook preparation, unfair labor practices, union organizational defenses, collective bargaining negotiations, strikes, injunction and contempt proceedings. Kathy also serves as Legislative Counsel to the Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association.  Ms. MacNett utilizes her practical knowledge of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of state government to gain effective results for her clients before and during litigation.  She is a frequent speaker and webinar presenter for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce and other organizations.

Prior to joining Skarlatos & Zonarich, Ms. MacNett was a shareholder with the Harrisburg office of Buchanan Ingersoll, P.C. and associated with the law firm of Baskin, Flaherty, Elliott & Beren. She also has significant governmental experience as the Research Director to the Labor Relations Committee, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, clerk to the late Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, Honorable Roy Wilkinson, and Assistant Counsel to the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board”

[Source: SkarlatosZonarich, People]

 SkarlatosZonarich LLC
SkarlatosZonarich LLC

Since 1966, SkarlatosZonarich LLC has proudly delivered superior legal services to their clients and their families.  You can follow them on Twitter @SkarZonLaw.

 SkarlatosZonarich LLC in Harrisburg, PA

As mentioned in the podcast, Capital Trustees’ offices are located in the SkarlatosZonarich building in beautiful, bustling downtown Harrisburg, as you can hear in the background at certain points in this episode.