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Behavioral Economics: A Key to Understanding How Employees Make Equity Compensation and Financial Decisions

Join the NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership on Tuesday, May 24th at 1:00pm EDT for a free webinar that will cover behavioral economic and behavioral finance theories to shed light on how individuals make financial decisions. People rely on a limited number of cognitive and emotional shortcuts, which oftentimes lead to severe and systematic errors. Understanding these potential biases can improve one's decision making when making important financial decisions.

People who attend this session will learn:

  1. How behavioral economics and behavioral finance are impacting the world of equity compensation
  2. What are the common biases and heuristic principles that lead to poor financial decision making?
  3. How to design equity compensation programs to help employees make better financial decisions

About the Speaker

Dr. Bill Castellano is Professor of Strategic HR Management at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations and is the Executive Director for the Center for Employee Ownership and a Fellow at Rutgers Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing. He also serves as a board member of the Global Equity Organization. Bill is the former Associate Dean of External Engagement and Executive and Professional Education and former Director of the Center for HR Strategy. His research, teaching, and consulting activities are focused on understanding the impact of employee ownership and equity compensation strategies on individual and organizational outcomes, employee engagement, and the effective management of human capital.

Bill has more than forty years of experience working in corporate Fortune 50, entrepreneurial and research environments. Before joining Rutgers University, he held senior HR management positions at Merrill Lynch and Manufactures Hanover Trust where he was involved with human resource strategies and practices that supported both individual business groups and the global enterprise. Bill is an accomplished researcher publishing his work in practitioner and academic journals and is a frequent speaker at national HR and business conferences.

Past Webinars

Introducing CLEO—the Rutgers Online Employee Ownership Library: What Business Owners Can Learn - May 7, 2021

Speaker: Adria Scharf, Ph.D., Beyster Fellow and Director of the Curriculum Library for Employee Ownership.

The newly redesigned Curriculum Library for Employee Ownership (CLEO), the online library dedicated to employee share ownership, features more than 600 resources—including company case studies, links to scholarly research articles, informative videos, and policy reports.

In this webinar, Beyster Fellow and Director of CLEO Adria Scharf, Ph.D. introduces this FREE online library and highlights resources of interest to business owners who are considering employee ownership. Research suggests that employee share ownership can lead to improved business performance and lower turnover while enabling employees to build significant wealth.

Designed for educators and researchers, CLEO includes: 

  • Short videos of leaders and employees at companies that have transitioned to employee ownership models 
  • Reports that give simple overviews of the advantages of employee ownership
  • Employee ownership articles featuring family businesses, succession issues, mini-case studies and more

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Performance Validation Inc. - One Company's Journey to Becoming Employee-Owned - April 7, 2021

Speaker: Richard Van Doel, President and CEO, Performance Validation

Performance Validation has been serving the life science industries since 1988, and is a nationwide leader in providing validation, commissioning, and quality services for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device manufacturers.  Performance Validation helps clients qualify the equipment and infrastructure, and validate the manufacturing processes that make life-saving FDA-regulated products. 

In this webinar, Richard Van Doel, President and CEO of Performance Validation, shares his experiences about the company's 4-year journey from closely held private ownership to a 100% employee owned S-corporation.  Rick also discusses how company "ownership culture" can be a positive influence on company and ESOP success.

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Five Demographic Trends Transforming Equity Share Plan Strategies - Nov. 13, 2020

Speaker: Bill Castellano, Ph.D., Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations

Rutgers NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership recently conducted a study to understand what motivates employees when designing equity share plans and found what drives one employee may not necessarily motivate another, particularly when considering a multigenerational and diverse workforce. In this webinar, Bill Castellano, Ph.D., Professor of Human Resource Management at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations and Executive Director for the NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership discussed important information for designing your equity share plan programs that can enhance employees' performance, improve overall performance, and drive results.


Please note the recording of this webinar is unavailable.

Valuation and Financial Fairness Considerations in ESOP Transactions - Oct. 23, 2020

Speaker: Matt Hricko, Managing Director in the ESOP and ERISA Advisory Practice, Stout

Financial valuation of the business is necessary for a firm that is considering converting to, or has converted to, an ESOP structure. In this webinar, we discussed why and when a valuation is necessary, valuation opinions in the context of establishing a new ESOP, and Traditional valuation methodologies and approaches.


Please note the recording of this webinar is unavailable.

Employee Ownership for Business Succession - Nov. 5, 2019

Speaker: Corey Rosen, Ph.D., Founder, National Center for Employee Ownership

Is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) right for you? In this 30-minute webinar, Corey Rosen, Ph.D., Founder of the National Center for Employee Ownership, talked about how ESOPs are a flexible way for business owners to provide for ownership transition and can also preserve business legacy.


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Individual Freedom in the Workplace - Freedom-based Management Models -Sept. 27, 2019

Speaker: Bill Nobles, Executive Fellow at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations and Former Executive at Exxon

Since the Industrial Revolution, management has created hierarchy in organization structures to control assets and employees. The potential negative impacts of hierarchical control on employee performance and engagement have been recognized for a long time.  Listen to this webinar recording to gain a better understanding of how an organization can create and adopt a management approach that emphasizes liberating servant leadership. Using specific company examples, including his own experience at Exxon, Bill discussed how leaders can coach and serve employees to produce extraordinary business results.


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Top 10 Recommendations to Increase Equity Participation and Ownership - Aug.15, 2019

Speaker: Bill Castellano, Ph.D., Rutgers NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership

In this webinar we discussed equity share plan strategies that can increase equity participation and employee share ownership and the key policies and practices that create an engaging ownership culture. Based on a large body of research mostly conducted by the Rutgers Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing, these practices can positively impact employee engagement and organizational strategic and financial outcomes.

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Employee Ownership Trusts - May 7, 2019

Speaker: Christopher Michael, Esq., Professor of Professional Practice, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations
Selling to an employee ownership trust (EOT) should be considered as a strong alternative to an ESOP where the cost of an ESOP is a major consideration, as well as where perpetuity of the employee ownership structure is a major goal. In this webinar, you will learn "why" to use an EOT instead of an ESOP, "how" to transition to an EOT, and "where" to look for further guidance.

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Creating an Ownership Culture to Enhance Returns on Equity Share Programs - Apr. 16, 2019

Speaker: Bill Castellano, Ph.D., Rutgers NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership

The Rutgers Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing has a long tradition researching the impact of equity share plan designs and organizational culture on individual, strategic, and financial outcomes. In this webinar you will learn how organizations can design effective share plan strategies and create an ownership culture to increase the returns on their equity program investments.


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How ESOP's Can Increase Employee and Sales Productivity - Jan. 17, 2019

Speaker: Stephen White, Onyx Partners Group

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) are not just a vehicle designed to enhance the value of a business or to transfer ownership.  In this webinar you will learn how employee and sales productivity can increase in companies after they establish their ESOPs.


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Creating a Culture of Ownership - Dec. 11, 2018

Speaker: Corey Rosen, Ph.D., National Center for Employee Ownership

What do most companies on the Fortune lists of best workplaces have in common? A culture of ownership - they share ownership widely with employees and many are majority owned. In this webinar you will learn what makes these ownership cultures tick.

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Understanding the Research for Enhancing the Return on Your Equity Compensation Program - Sept.13, 2018

Speaker: Bill Castellano, Ph.D., Rutgers NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership

How can a company measure the ROI of their equity compensation program? In this webinar you will gain effective strategies that can enhance the impact of your equity compensation program. Plus, learn how to apply research findings into practice and communicate the value of your company's equity compensation program.

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ESOP's as a Succession Planning and Wealth Creation Tool for Business Owners - Jul. 18, 2018

Speaker: John Vitucci, PKF O'Connor Davies

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) can offer significant succession planning and wealth creation benefits. They are also prized as the ultimate in employee motivation, as they make the employee into a vested owner of the company. In this webinar, we examined the key features and considerations, as well as instances where ESOPs make sense.  In this webinar you will learn what factors about the business, owners, and business timeline make it attractive to use an ESOP. Also, determine whether an ESOP is appropriate to accomplish a business owner's succession planning and wealth creation goals, understand the succession and tax planning opportunity, and outline considerations and steps to implement an ESOP.

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Equity Compensation - May 7, 2018

Speaker: Corey Rosen, Ph.D., National Center for Employee Ownership

Many closely held firms want to provide employees with a stake in the company's outcome through some form of equity compensation. But who should get how much? With what rules? And what forms of actual equity or synthetic equity make sense? In this webinar you will gain an understanding of the way closely held companies can provide equity compensation to employees. Topics such as stock, options, restricted stock, stock appreciation rights, and phantom stock were discussed, as well as their counterparts in limited liability corporations.

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Employee Ownership for Business Succession - Mar. 13, 2018

Speaker: Corey Rosen, Ph.D., National Center for Employee Ownership

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) are a highly-tax favored, flexible way for business owners to provide for ownership transition. An ESOP allows a company to use its future pre-tax earnings to buy out some or all of an owner's shares, and allow the owner to defer taxation on the gain.  An ESOP can preserve business legacy, help to get the seller a fair price, and allows owners to play whatever ongoing role they choose in the company.

ESOPs have been highly successful, but they are not for every company. In this webinar you will learn how ESOPs work and if they are right for you.

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