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Helping Family Businesses
Prosper Across Generations®



Because this event has sold out each year, early registration is strongly encouraged. There are only 40 spots available.

Exclusive Offer: Register by 2/13/19 and Save 25%!

Chair: $2250 ($3000)
Vice Chair or Lead Independent Director: $2100 ($2800)
Must attend with current Chair

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The Chair Forum is designed to blend leading-edge learning from governance experts with experience sharing and collaboration with other board leaders. Each segment of the program offers useful content and tools as well as an opportunity to discuss cases and real-world challenges. Our primary learning sessions include:

The Dynamics of Communication in Governance

Help business owners, board members, family members and senior management better understand their roles in good governance. Discover how to:

  • Operationalize decision-making responsibilities
  • Ensure that the right flow of information is being shared among key components of the family enterprise system
  • Establish trust and transparency in the process by understanding what to share and when

Developing Organizational Accountability 

Create a culture of accountability within the board and management team. Key takeaways include:

  • Master new tools to drive accountability
  • Define the board’s role in monitoring performance
  • Leverage board committees to provide oversight of key objectives

Strategic Planning in the Family Business

Ensure that the board plays an indispensable role in oversight of strategy and consideration of key strategic alternatives. During this session, you will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the appropriate roles for directors, owners and management in the strategic process from development to execution
  • Discover effective approaches for strategy planning in both steady and disruptive states of the business

The High-Functioning Board: A Panel Discussion

Our panel of seasoned chairs will share their unique stories and lessons learned as leaders of family business boards. This interactive opportunity offers a chance to dive deeper into real-world cases and apply the new concepts learned during The Chair Forum.

Building Board Talent: Attracting and Selecting the Right Directors

Find the best independent and family directors to add value to your board with these proven practices:

  • Develop family directors through education programs
  • Establish objective processes for the nomination, selection and evaluation of independent and family directors
  • Create an efficient onboarding process for new independent and family directors

Facilitating Change in the Boardroom

Expand your leadership toolbox to guide an evolution process when existing structures aren’t productive. Examples include:

  • Transition from branch family representation to qualifications-based director election
  • Develop or change a committee structure to increase the board’s effectiveness

Networking Reception and Dinner

Meet, mix and mingle with other participants and program faculty during a relaxing reception.


8770 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Ste 1340W, Chicago, IL 60631
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