Family Business Center Speaker Series

2018 Speaker Series

Leading family business experts share insights and information on trends and techniques that can be applied to your business. The curriculum is driven by the needs and issues of our members. Past subjects include:

  • Legal and Financial Topics Surrounding Leadership Succession
  • Family Relationships
  • Best Practices in Next Generation Training
  • Ownership Control and Transfer
  • Family Member versus Non Family Member Employee Compensation

All programs are held at the Fluno Center, 601 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53715.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Managing Substance Abuse & Mental Illness in a Family Business

Arden O'Connor

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Networking Breakfast 7 - 8:30 a.m.; Program 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Presented by Arden O'Connor, O'Connor Professional Group

About the Program

Addiction and other behavioral health issues are often referred to as “family diseases,” meaning that one individual’s diagnosis(es) and consequent behaviors have an emotional impact on an entire family system. When a family also shares an asset (ex. family business), there is an added layer of complexity to an already confusing and crisis-driven situation. Families are not only attempting to access appropriate clinical treatment for loved ones, but they are also tasked with determining how to protect their economic interests. This workshop provides a framework for understanding these issues and developing plans that account for both personal and professional considerations.

Learning Takeaways

With the aid of illustrative case studies and a PowerPoint lecture, this three-hour workshop will help participants:

  • Identify signs and symptoms of mental health and addiction issues
  • Determine whether and how to raise concerns as a family member or professional advisor
  • Balance the clinical needs of the individual with the business needs of the enterprise
  • Create a state-of-the-art treatment plan
  • Consider how advisors and family members can be supportive of recovery (vs. allowing dysfunction to continue)
  • Facilitate a successful transition back to work or alternative career/life path

Leadership Storytelling for Family Business

Esther Choy

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Networking Breakfast 7 - 8:30 a.m.; Program 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Presented by Esther Choy Leadership Story Lab

About the Program

Family enterprises have rich histories and passionate visions. But how do you authentically lead, influence, and persuade your enterprise and stakeholders of your compelling vision? Family enterprise leaders need storytelling tools. The gift of storytelling isn’t a mysterious inborn ability for a select few. Rather, it is a powerful skill that everyone can learn and master.

Esther Choy, Founder and Chief Story Facilitator of Leadership Story Lab and author of Let the Story Do the Work, will lead a structured process so that participants not only learn more about storytelling but also get to practice it.

Learning Takeaways

With the aid of illustrative case studies and a PowerPoint lecture, this three-hour workshop will help participants:

  • Master the Principle Elements of Storytelling and apply them to business communication
  • Develop individual stories that can be applied in the leadership context immediately.
  • Give and receive feedback on stories through a guided facilitated framework.
Fluno Center
Wisconsin School of Business
Family Business Center
601 University Ave
Madison, WI 53715
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. U.S. CT
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