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The Chair Forum™

Essential Conversations for Family Business Board Leaders

April 19 - 20, 2018 | Chicago Marriott Suites O'Hare

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The Challenges of the Chair


Board leaders wrestle with unique questions that impact the successful continuity of the business and the family. Discuss common concerns and set expectations for learning over the two-day program.

Developing Organizational Accountability

The chair is responsible for creating a culture of accountability within the board and management team. What tools do you have to drive accountability? What role should the board play in monitoring performance? And how should board committees contribute to oversight of key objectives? During this session, you will develop new insights on practical actions that will advance accountability as a key component of the culture of your organization.

Establishing Trust and Transparency

One of the most complex challenges that you face as the information gatekeeper is the balance of confidentiality and transparency between shareholders and directors. When a shareholder asks about your board meetings, how much do you tell? We’ll explore the chair’s responsibility in shareholder relations and methods for building an environment of trust, support and healthy dialogue.

JMP_conversationMaximizing Board Effectiveness

Does your board engage in breakthrough thinking, team building and lively discussions? How do boards gain efficiency and build momentum to contribute powerfully to business success? This session will focus on practices and approaches that boards use to maximize their effectiveness, from director onboarding through board evaluation. 

Strategic Leadership in the Board Room

The board plays an indispensable role in oversight of strategy and consideration of key strategic alternatives. Yet, many companies lack effective approaches for strategic planning, and many boards struggle to determine appropriate roles for directors and management in the strategic process. Attendees will learn from companies that have approached strategy with purpose and apply their own perspectives to a strategic case study.

Networking Reception and Dinner

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

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