Peer Group Programs - Conway Center for Family Business

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 Manager, 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.

Monthly Peer Groups

CEO

Facilitated by Jill Hofmans, Conway Center Executive Director
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. Groups meet monthly at different locations as posted. Additional fee to attend. Pre-approval to join and RSVP required.

C-Suite Non-Family Leaders

Facilitated by Jill Hofmans, Conway Center Executive Director
This peer group is for non-family executives. Similar to the CEO peer group, non-competing 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 non-family leader in a family run business.  Additional fee to attend. Pre-approval to join and RSVP required.

Leadership Development

Generously sponsored by Park National Bank. Facilitated by Jonathon McKay from PATH
This interactive peer group covers relevant leadership challenges and opportunities and provides strategies and skills training to effectively manage them. The sessions begin with structured content followed by ample time for collaborative, peer-to-peer discussions about the work and leadership issues participants face.

Leadership Development 2.0

Facilitated by Donna Musilli of DM360
Monthly support, peer mentoring, and group coaching will help participants delve into assessing and leveraging their strengths to maximize team performance, personal growth, and competencies.  There is an additional materials fee for attend for the Strengths Finder book and assessment. Pre-approval and pre-requisites to join.

Next Generation Leaders

Facilitated by Jill Hofmans, Conway Center Executive Director
This peer group is for next generation family business members. Seasoned family business leaders will join the group each month to address topics relevant to the attendees assuming greater leadership roles in their own family business.

Non-Family Leaders

Facilitated by experts from Driscoll Learning
Being a non-family leader in a family-owned business can be incredibly rewarding...and challenging. This peer group will help determine strategies of influence and impact for non-family leaders.

Rising CEO

Facilitated by Jill Hofmans, Conway Center Executive Director
This peer group is for next gens who are taking a greater leadership position in their family business. 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.  Additional fee to attend. Pre-approval to join and RSVP required.

Succession Planning

Generously sponsored by The Fortis Group at Morgan Stanley
Co-facilitated by Bea Wolper, Emens Wolper Jacobs & Jasin, Thaddeus O'Brien, O'Brien & Associates, and Meredith Sugar, Taft/ Law
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.

Women in Family Business

Facilitated by Bea Wolper from Emens Wolper Jacobs & Jasin
This group is for women who own, work for, or play a supporting role in a family business are discussed each month. 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.

Quarterly Forums

Finances for Family Businesses

Generously sponsored and facilitated by experts from Meaden & Moore
Explore topics in financial literacy - KPIs, dashboards, tax updates, balance sheet/P&L issues, and more.

Human Resources

Facilitated by Sharon DeLay of GO HR
This Peer Group explores hot topics in HR from a family-owned business perspective and is appropriate for members who manage the HR functions by default and HR professionals with training and experience.

Ignite Your Family Business™

Facilitated by experts from GREENCREST
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!

Online Strategy

Facilitated by experts from Adept Marketing
Get relevant and current insight into internet and digital strategies such as SEO, inbound marketing, analytics, and web design. Held bi-annually.

 

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