Employee Ownership in the Oval Office

A Conversation with Journalist & Author Nick Romeo

Recorded February 21, 2024

America's commitment to employee ownership didn't begin with the passage of ERISA in 1974. Core concepts of shared-capitalism and economic justice have been embraced by US Presidents since independence. Their views and actions varied, but a glance at the historical record offers a clear throughline.

Join acclaimed author Nick Romeo as he explores this journey through the words of America's chief executives. Charting a course from Jefferson to FDR to Reagan and beyond, Romeo shares important context, and his unique perspective, to illustrate America's ongoing effort to build a more just economy through measures like employee stock ownership plans.



Nick Romeo

Nick Romeo


A journalist, critic, and essayist, Nick has spent years covering policy and ideas for The New Yorker magazine. His new book, The Alternative: How to Build a Just Economy, uses extensive original reporting to provide a road map for a sustainable and survivable twenty-first-century economy.

Richard Harmon

Richard Harmon


With experience in public accounting, as a CFO, and as an entrepreneur, Richard offers clients a unique mix of analytical discipline and real-world insight. He’s been awarded multiple industry honors, including ESOP Deal of the Year (M&A Atlas Awards) and Debt Financing Deal of the Year (M&A Advisor).

More About Nick Romeo's New Book

The Alternative: How to Build a Just Economy

Confronted by the terrifying trends of the early twenty-first century – widening inequality, environmental destruction, and the immiseration of millions of workers around the world – many economists and business leaders still preach dogmas that lack evidence and create political catastrophe: Private markets are always more efficient than public ones; investment capital flows efficiently to necessary projects; massive inequality is the unavoidable side effect of economic growth; people are selfish and will only behave well with the right incentives. But a growing number of people – academic economists, business owners, policy entrepreneurs, and ordinary people – are rejecting these myths and reshaping economies around the world to reflect ethical and social values. Though they differ in approach, all share a vision of the economy as a place of moral action and accountability. Journalist Nick Romeo has spent years covering the world’s most innovative economic and policy ideas for The New Yorker. Romeo takes us on an extraordinary journey through the stories and successes of people working to build economies that are more equal, just, and livable. 


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