Peer Groups - Conway Center for Family Business

Peer Group Programs

Peer groups provide a confidential environment for idea exchange, family business education, and personal growth.

Peer groups are one of the most powerful and best learning forums offered by the Conway Center for Family Business.

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.

Monthly Peer Groups

CEO

Non-competing family business CEOs come together monthly in a confidential environment to discuss business, personal or family business related issues. Participants can seek input and advice when discussing executive level business issues.  Accountability, personal support, and feedback from peers are important components of this group.

Facilitator: Jill Hofmans, Executive Director
Frequency: Monthly
Fee: $900/year
Pre-approval to join? Yes

C-Suite Non-Family Leaders

This peer group is for non-family executives. Similar to the CEO peer group, non-competing leaders come together in a confidential environment to discuss business, personal or family business related issues. Participants can seek input and advice when discussing executive level business issues and the challenges and opportunities of being a non-family leader in a family run business.

Facilitator: Jill Hofmans, Executive Director
Frequency: Monthly
Fee: $350/year
Pre-approval to join? Yes

Leadership Development

This group addresses relevant leadership challenges and opportunities while providing the strategies to effectively manage them. This is a very collaborative group open to all that encourages peer-to-peer discussions.

Facilitator: Jonathon McKay of PATH
Frequency: Monthly
Fee: FREE for all Conway Center members
Pre-approval to join? No, this is a drop-in group, but meeting RSVP is required

Generously sponsored by Park National Bank

Leadership Development 2.0

Monthly support, peer mentoring, and coaching are all features of this group as they delve into advanced leadership topics and challenges. This small group is open to both family and non-family leaders, those interested in joining are asked to first complete at least five Leadership Development sessions within the past year.

Facilitator: Donna Musilli of DM360
Frequency: Monthly
Fee: FREE for pre-approved Conway Center members
Pre-approval to join? Yes

Next Generation Leaders

This peer group is for next generation family business members who are interested in assuming greater leadership roles in their family-owned business. Specific content and group discussion relevant and necessary for growth as a next gen family business leader will be addressed each month. This is a very collaborative group that encourages seeking input and advice when discussing leadership challenges and opportunities of being a next gen.

Facilitator: M.J. Clark of Integrated Leadership Systems
Frequency: Monthly
Fee: FREE for Conway Center members
Pre-approval to join? No, this is a drop-in group for family business next gen leaders, but meeting RSVP is required

Rising CEO

This peer group is for next gens who are taking a greater leadership position in their family business - for those imminently next in line or newly in line for taking over. Similar to the other C-level peer groups, non-competing family business leaders come together monthly in a confidential environment to discuss business, personal or family business related issues. Participants can seek input and advice when discussing executive level business issues and the challenges and opportunities of being a next gen.

Facilitator: Jill Hofmans, Executive Director
Frequency: Monthly
Fee: $900/year
Pre-approval to join? Yes

Succession Planning

From inter-family dynamics to strategic planning, these interactive sessions will provide the foundation for transitioning the 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.

Facilitator: Co-facilitated by Bea Wolper of Emens Wolper Jacobs & Jasin and Meredith Sugar of Taft/ Law
Frequency: Monthly
Fee: FREE for all Conway Center members
Pre-approval to join? No, this is a drop-in group, but meeting RSVP is required

Generously sponsored by Morgan Stanley

Women In Family Business

This group is for women who own, work for, or play a supporting role in a family business. Family business leadership challenges, employment practices, family dynamics, and communication are just a few of the topics that are explored in this interactive group providing women leaders a safe space to learn, share and grow.

Facilitator: Bea Wolper of Emens Wolper Jacobs & Jasin
Frequency: Monthly
Fee: FREE for all Conway Center members
Pre-approval to join? No, this is a drop-in group, but meeting RSVP is required

Generously sponsored by KeyBank

Quarterly Roundtables/Webinars

Human Resources

These quarterly sessions explore hot topics in Human Resources from a family-owned business perspective.  The content and collective knowledge of the group provides resources and insight to help make good decisions in a changing business environment. These sessions are beneficial to members who manage the HR functions by default and HR professionals with training and experience.

Facilitator: Sharon DeLay of GO-HR
Frequency: Quarterly
Fee: FREE for all Conway Center members

Ignite Your Family Business™

Are you ready to take your family business to the next level? You will hear first-hand from fellow family business owners on what they are doing to grow their business. Designed especially for CEO's, presidents and owners but open to all Conway Center members, it will help you gain the insights you need to ignite your business!

Facilitator: Experts from GREENCREST
Frequency: Quarterly
Fee: FREE for all Conway Center members

Interesting in joining a peer group? Not sure how to get started?

Peer Groups are open to all Conway Center members and their employees. Except for the C-Suite Peer Groups and Leadership 2.0 – all peer groups are drop-in, you just need to RSVP and show up!

If you have any questions, visit the Peer Group FAQs or contact Amy Dotts, COO and Event Manager at ADotts@FamilyBusinessCenter.com

Peer Groups Frequently Asked Questions

Peer Groups meet monthly and are small groups, ranging from 6-15. These small, topic-driven facilitated groups provide a confidential environment for idea exchange, family business education, and personal growth. Peer Groups give you an opportunity to learn by seeking advice from professionals and peers who have “been there, done that” and who are willing to share their knowledge and experiences – all while respecting the confidentiality of members in a small group setting.

Roundtables are larger peer groups that do not meet monthly. The peer-to-peer interaction and learning from each other is still an integral part of the sessions, but these are often more didactic in nature.

Session descriptions, dates, times and locations for each specific group can be found by clicking the Learn More button in each description above.  A complete listing of peer group sessions can be found here.  Facilitators keep the unique needs of family businesses in mind while preparing and delivering best practice-based content.

Most Peer Groups are open to all Conway Center members and their employees. Note that each session description will further delineate who may attend.  Click the "Learn More" button in the group description for further specifications.

Except for the C-Suite Peer Groups and Leadership Development 2.0 – all Peer Groups are drop-in, you just need to RSVP and show up!  Simply RSVP via the register button through the website or send an email to Amy at: adotts@familybusinesscenter.com.

On the Leadership Development, Succession Planning, and Women's Peer Group pages you will see a mailing list form. By joining a Peer Group mailing list, you will receive an email invitation of the topic and location one week prior to each session, along with a link to RSVP.  You do not need to belong to a mailing list to attend, it is just a convenience to alert you to upcoming sessions.

Note that not all Peer Groups have mailing lists as some groups are not open to all. Roundtable and webinar invitations are sent to the entire membership.  If you already receive invitations, please complete the form to continue - we're cleaning up our lists and want to make sure we do not send you emails you do not want.

Yes, except for the C-Suite peer groups, Next Gen Leaders, Non-Family Leaders, and Leadership Development 2.0.   Service Providers are welcome to attend the Leadership Development, Succession Planning, and Women in Family Business Peer Groups. 

Service Providers are also welcome and encouraged to attend all Roundtables, Webinars, and our Monthly Educational Programs.  For full list of programs, visit the Programs page of our website.

Only the C-Suite Peer Groups have an additional fee to attend – all others are FREE as part of your Conway Center membership.  This includes all family AND non-family employees!

Most Peer Groups are held on the 2nd floor of the Griffin Student Center at Ohio Dominican University, 1215 Sunbury Rd, Columbus, OH 43219.  There is free parking in the lot but you must display a PARKING PASS.  Session descriptions, dates, times and locations are found here.

Sure!  We ask you to register so we can have a name tent for you and make appropriate arrangements based on group size.  If you forget, please come anyway!

Please just send Amy an email at adotts@familybusinesscenter.com if you know in advance that you are unable to attend.

No, only Conway Center members are eligible to participate in Peer Groups and Roundtables. 

If you are interested in Conway Center membership, you are welcome to attend a monthly educational program as our guest.  Please contact Amy at adotts@familybusinesscenter.com for more information.

Feel free to reach out anytime to Amy Dotts, COO and Event Manager at adotts@familybusinesscenter.com or 614-847-0160.

I still have questions. How can I get more information about Peer Groups and Roundtables?

Contact Amy Dotts, COO and Event Manager at adotts@familybusinesscenter.com or 614-847-0160

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