Cooperative Board & Director Training

Oklahoma Cooperative Director Essentials (OCDE)

Oklahoma Cooperative Director Essentials is designed to equip directors with the fundamental tools and knowledge they need to be an effective director and successfully govern their company, whether they are a new director or just looking to sharpen their tools in the toolbox. Topics include: Alignment with Finance, Alignment with the CEO, Alignment in Governance and Alignment with Strategy and Member Interest. These are the four core areas directors need to have a fundamental understanding to be able to govern effectively. Alignment with Finance teaches directors how to read, understand and utilizemonthly and annual financial statement to make decision for the cooperative ranging from key financial indicators to balance sheet basics. Alignment with CEO instills board versus general management roles and responsibilities, compensation best practices and performance evaluations.  In the Alignment with Governance section directors will learn about their legal responsibilities, best practices and how to properly run a meeting. Finally, Alignment with Strategy and Member Interest discusses what strategic thinking and planning are about and the important of that being board function to help communicate to the company management and our member-owners goals and direction for the future.

Oklahoma Cooperative Director Advanced (OCDA)

OCDA builds on the fundamentals taught in OCDE; however, OCDE is not a prerequisite to attend this training. OCDA is a topical program, meaning that it changes year from year based on need. The OACC does try to keep this meeting focused on building on the core fundamentals and real world issues facing cooperative directors. This course takes a deep dive into those core areas. 

Keystone (Formally known as Board Chairman School)

Board Chairs are the keystone to every cooperative. Just like in an archway, without the keystone the arch can’t support itself and crumbles to the ground. Strong board chairs tend to facilitate stronger boards, in turn attracting stronger executives who attract better teams to better serve the member owners of the cooperative.  The Keystone   equips board chairs and vice chairs with the right tools to lead their respective boards. Today’s cooperative is in a time of continuous change and transition. As the next generation of ownership and management become leaders in the cooperative, it is imperative that the cooperatives have strong board chairs. 

CEO & Board Retreat

Held annually in July, the CEO & Board Retreat is the premiere meeting of the Oklahoma Agricultural Cooperative Council. The three-day event is typically set at a resort-style location to provide an opportunity for attendees to bring their families and enjoy activities such as golf, fishing and sightseeing. The retreat offers an opportunity to network with cooperative leaders, as well as learn more about current agribusiness, policy and regulatory issues that impact agricultural cooperatives.

5 Dysfunctions of a Team – Partnership

Through the partnership with Triangle Cooperative Service Company, the OACC offers the Five Dysfunctions of a Team to cooperative boards and staff so they can learn to reach their full potential. Attendees of this training program will learn to use the 5 Dysfunctions model, the absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability and inattention to results, to function more effectively as a team resulting in a more effective and productive organization.