If you are considering participating in a peer group, would like to observe one, or have any questions, visit the Peer Group FAQs or contact Amy Dotts, Event Coordinator, at ADotts@FamilyBusinessCenter.com.
Peer groups are one of the most powerful and best learning forums offered by the Conway Center for Family Business.
Peer groups provide a confidential environment for idea exchange, family business education, and personal growth. They present an opportunity to learn by seeking advice from peers and professionals who have “been there, done that” and who are willing to share their experiences and knowledge. Each peer group has a shared purpose and agreed upon expectations. In addition, participants commit to respecting the confidentiality of group members.
Below are descriptions of the Peer Groups that we offer. At the end of this listing is a calendar of all upcoming Peer Groups with links to register.
CEO Peer Groups
The CEO Peer Group provides an opportunity for family business CEOs to come together in a confidential environment to discuss business, personal or family business related issues. Participants have the opportunity to seek input and advice when discussing executive level business issues. There are two groups that meet on different days and are comprised of family business CEOs from non-competing industries. Both groups meet monthly at different locations as posted. The cost to participate is $900 per person per year, which includes the cost of dinner and beverages at each meeting, a June recreational outing, and a holiday event with spouses and guests.
Emerging Leaders Peer Group
Working as a non-family member in a family owned business can be incredibly challenging. It is often difficult to understand the dynamics and how to meet the expectations of multiple family members. Facilitated by Driscoll Learning, this peer group is open to all Conway Center non-family members to improve their performance in a family organization. Meets monthly from 7:30 – 9 a.m. as posted.
Finances for Family Businesses Peer Group
This quarterly, two-hour peer group explores financial literacy and management. Topics include key performance indicators, accounting software, internal controls, year-end prep, budgeting/cash flow, and more. Meets quarterly as posted. Facilitated and sponsored by Conway Center Service Provider member Morgan Stanley.
Human Resources Peer Group
This quarterly, two-hour peer group explores hot topics in HR from a family-owned business perspective. We bring together experts in the field of Human Resources, Labor Law, Employee Development, and others to work with Conway Center members who manage the HR functions by default and HR professionals with training and experience. In true Conway Center Peer Group fashion, participants also learn from one another and share best practices. Meets quarterly as posted. Facilitated and sponsored by Conway Center Service Provider member Fishel Downey Albrecht & Riepenhoff LLP.
Ignite Your Family Business Peer Group
Are you ready to fuel your marketing and take your family business to the next level? Join Conway Center Service Provider member GREENCREST for a quarterly peer group to help you learn how to execute marketing, advertising, public relations and digital programs that deliver results and ignite your family business! Meets quarterly as posted.
Leadership Development Peer Group
Facilitators Jonathon McKay and Sarah Ahern of PATH will lead sessions focused on the most relevant leadership challenges and opportunities for your business today. Each session will be structured with half of he time spent on formal content, with remaining time offering an open forum for collaborative, peer-to-peer discussion about any work-related issues you are facing. Sponsored by Conway Center Service Provider member Park National Bank. This group meets the third Tuesday of each month from 8:00 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.
Next Generation Leaders Peer Group
Participants from an array of industries and non-competing companies learn to evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses at a time when they are preparing for expanded challenges and responsibilities. Each year, Dr. Thaddeus O’Brien of O’Brien & Associates leads a new class for next-generation leaders begins and determines meeting dates that accommodate their schedules. Monthly attendance is expected.
Online Strategy Peer Group
Ready to take your company’s Internet presence to the next level? Experts at Adept Marketing will offer insight into the latest in Internet trends and strategies from LinkedIn to SEO to integrating online and offline marketing. The group candidly discusses questions, challenges, and successes in this ever-changing area. The group meets quarterly as posted.
Succession Planning Peer Group 1.0
It is never too early to think about succession planning in a family owned business! Join Bea Wolper of Emens & Wolper Law Firm, Thaddeus O’Brien of O’Brien & Associates, and Meredith Sugar of Taft Law, for this dynamic monthly peer group. They provide a forum to discuss all aspects of succession planning – from inter-family dynamics to strategic planning – in interactive sessions that will provide the foundation for transitioning your family business to the next generation. This program is not just for founders/owners – attending together with successors or next gens is very important and beneficial. Sponsored by Conway Center Service Provider Morgan Stanley. This group meets the second Thursday of each month from 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Succession 2.0 Peer Group
Join Bea Wolper, Conway Center co-founder and President of Emens & Wolper Law, Thaddeus O’Brien of O’Brien & Associates, and Tony Kington of Taft/ Law for 2-hour in-depth quarterly sessions on succession planning. Topics include plans for redemption, philanthropy, and more! Sponsored by Conway Center Service Provider memberW3 Wealth Management. Meets quarterly from 7:30 a.m.-9 :30 a.m. as posted. Please note this Peer Group is taking a hiatus in 2019.
Women in Family Business Peer Group
Established in 2006, and facilitated by Bea Wolper, the Women in Family Business Peer Group is for women who own, work for, or play a supporting role in the successful operation of a Central Ohio family business and who are members of the Conway Center for Family Business.
Earning respect, leadership, employment practices, family dynamics, and communication in the family business are just a few of the topics that are explored in this interactive group. Sponsored by Conway Center Service Provider memberHuntington National Bank. Meetings are held from 7:30 a.m.-9 :00 a.m. the second Tuesday each month.