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Family Business Alliance at Wilkes University Hosts Family Business Directors Alliance Annual Conference June 17-19

Contact: Vicki Mayk

The Family Business Alliance at Wilkes University will host the 2014 Family Business Directors Alliance Conference at Woodloch Pines Resort in Hawley, Pa., June 17-19. The Directors Alliance is an international organization representing 46 traditional family business centers throughout the United States and Canada.  

The conference features 10 work sessions designed to facilitate discussion among business center leaders and empower them to better serve their members. There will be two keynote speakers. On the afternoon of Wednesday, June 18, Alan G. Robinson of the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts will deliver “How to Build an Idea-Driven Organization.” His presentation is based on his book Ideas Are Free, which was featured on ABC World News, CNN Headline News and several NPR programs, and will address ways to build and execute an idea-gathering system in small- and medium-sized companies. 

On Thursday morning, June 19, John Engels will present “How to Help Members of Your Business and/or Family To Be More Mature, Less Entitled, More Responsible, Less Helpless, More Satisfied, Less Anxious, and More.” President of Leadership Coaching Inc., a Rochester, N.Y.-based leadership consulting and development company, Engels will address learned behaviors that affect company leaders and their relationships with their family and business associates. Engels’ approaches to leadership have been featured in The New York Times, ABC 20/20, the largest German business daily Handelsblatt and in his book of essays, A Guide for Leaders. 

Other sessions of the conference will include: “Helping Each Other Think It Through;” “We All Run Member-Based Organizations;” “Best Speakers, Top Topics, Preparing Speakers for Our Audience and How to Wow Them;” and “What Are the Best Ways to Keep Our Boards Engaged?”  

In its first year as part of the Family Business Directors Alliance, the Family Business Alliance at Wilkes University was chosen to host this year’s conference. The alliance is proud to hold the conference at Woodloch Pines, run by long-time family business members and center supporters the Kiesendahl family. Lanie Jordan, executive director of the Family Business Alliance at Wilkes, says, “We are so grateful for an opportunity to use this annual conference to support our most important asset of the Family Business Alliance, one of our members. We are excited to use a family business as our vendor for this year’s conference. It is a first in the history of the Family Business Directors Alliance and hopefully not the last.”  

The Wilkes University Family Business Alliance was developed by regional business owners and is a member-driven organization that aims to enable local family businesses to maintain and grow a profitable business and successfully transfer management and ownership to the next generation. The alliance provides its members with executive education programs, enhanced networking opportunities with fellow family business owners, a forum to discuss common issues and concerns, and exposure to nationally recognized experts to ensure that the businesses’ needs are constantly identified and addressed. 

For more information about the Family Business Alliance and its events, please contact Lanie Jordan at meliss.jordan@wilkes.edu or call at (570) 408-2120 for more information.

Published On: 6/6/2014
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