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The Family Director Guide: How to be Effective Inside and Out of the Boardroom

During this webinar, our governance experts lay the groundwork for family directors to develop their own skills while gaining an hand_open_door_lo_resunderstanding of how effective boards work. Topics include:

  • Characteristics and responsibilities of effective boards
  • How qualified family directors add value inside and outside of the boardroom
  • Critical skills and competencies for family directors to develop
  • Preparing for the director role, from board meetings to stakeholder communication
  • Inside the boardroom: when to engage and when to listen
  • Understanding expectations and sourcing the right help and resources

This webinar is ideal for:

  • Family directors who are either new to their role or established and looking for fresh ideas to further their development
  • Family members considering joining the board of directors
  • Board leaders seeking to build individual effectiveness to build board effectiveness
  • Family owners in the beginning phase of establishing a functioning board

This 1.5-hour recording includes Q&A from attendees. 



About the Presenters

A consultant of The Family Business Consulting Group, Otis Baskin brings extensive international experience to his focus on management and governance/decision-making issues in family businesses. His primary expertise is in helping business-owning families develop plans for leadership succession, development of next generation leaders, and family/ownership structures and decision processes.  He serves on several boards and is the Executive Editor of The Family Business Advisor.

Stephanie Brun de Pontet is a principal consultant specializing in advising family enterprises facing important transitions.  She has extensive experience working with transitioning leaders, developing emerging generation teams, and educating next generation family members. In addition to her consulting work, Stephanie is a faculty member of The Chair Forum, co-author of Building a Successful Business Board and Siblings and the Family Business, and author of Transitioning from the Top.

Principal consultant Mike Fassler provides family business planning services with a focus on helping his clients grow their relationships, capabilities and capital. Mike helps families develop and implement plans and decisions for succession, governance and strategy.  Most of his work is focused on family businesses owned by sibling teams and cousin teams with an emphasis on helping clients balance the tension of family and business as their families and businesses grow.

Additional Resources

Webinar Recording: View video here

Suggested Articles 

You can also access hundreds of in-depth articles written by our team that address the unique challenges faced by family enterprises from communication and conflict to succession and continuity. Visit our Article Library.

Recommended Books

Webinar recordings

The Family Constitution: A Foundation for Family Alignment
Gain useful ideas to effectively create and use family constitutions as a foundational piece for your governance efforts.

Forming an Effective Family Business Board: Advisory vs. Fiduciary
Understand ways that advisory and fiduciary boards function to enhance decision making and business performance in a family enterprise. 

What’s the Next Step for Your Board?

Speech_bubbles_on_square_background_128We can help. Appropriate and effective governance is the hallmark of a truly sustainable family enterprise. For over 25 years, The Family Business Consulting Group has helped clients develop engaged and focused boards that contribute to strong strategic planning and productive family working relationships. Our consultants can guide your family through the process of evaluating your needs, planning changes to the governance structure, and ensuring that the board you build provides the value you seek.

To learn more about our board services, download our brochure, contact us at or call 773-604-5005.

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