Center for Family Business Events

September CFB Conferences

September 25, 2018
5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Univ. of New Haven Orange Campus

September 26, 2018
8:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Bigelow Tea
Fairfield, CT

Change Doesn’t Scare Me! Really…?

Presented by Anna Samorukova, Founder & Creator, Edelweiss Group

Transform your uncertainty-driven response to change. Think innovatively and creatively about change. Leaders and managers will learn how to support and empower people to embrace change, within a framework based on neuroscience, psychology and motivation.

This session will be very valuable if:

  • your organization is anticipating or preparing for change, (large or small)
  • there are signs of cognitive and emotional stress in response to change
  • managers are feeling confronted with resistance to change
  • there is a desire to support people, ease their stress and instability and sustain performance during change

100% of the participants at recent sessions say Anna’s material is very relevant to what is happening in their organizations and is needed to help employees and managers support their teams during times of change.

Anna designs and delivers learning and change facilitation experiences that speak to the learner and inspire people and organizations to reach their potential and create an impact.

She applies:

  • engaging and immersive simulations
  • game-based methodology
  • developments in neuroscience and psychology
  • concepts of motivation to learning design and change facilitation

She will help you maximize performance and outcomes at both personal and organizational levels.

October CFB Conferences

October 23, 2018
5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Univ. of New Haven Orange Campus

October 24, 2018
8:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Bigelow Tea
Fairfield, CT

Hiring Top Talent & Preventing Extreme Losses: The Psychology of Successful Recruiting

Presented by Eric Frazer, Psy.D., Clinical & Forensic Psychologist

Has a bad hiring decision ever resulted in significant financial loss to your company?

Has a terrific hire grown your business beyond your expectations? Chances are, both are true. This presentation will unravel the psychological science behind both.

Family and small businesses are at greater risk for hiring errors. This is because of limitations of human and technology resources for deep assessment of a job candidate’s past performance and character.

Asking the right questions, and obtaining the right data about your candidates can make all the difference, improving the ability to hire top talent using behavioral science.

This presentation will describe the character and behavioral risk factors (criminal offenses, false credentials, negative interpersonal skills, etc.) that can be identified through research-based interviewing, psychological tests & surveys, and job candidate research using free or budget-sensitive technology assets. Armed with these data, bad hires can be prevented.

In addition, this presentation will describe the psychological character traits, behaviors, and data mined attributes that identify top talent and demonstrate how this information can be elicited in precise interviews, psychological surveys & tests, candidate research, reference interviews, and digital data.

In this presentation, Eric Frazer will:

  1. Teach you how to detect hiring risk factors, and implement a method for improved screening to prevent financial losses from a bad hire.
  2. Describe the process from application through interview and investigation of psychological character traits and behaviors for hiring top talent. You will self-score a brief instrument, share results, and understand how to create a top talent recruitment methodology.
  3. Provide case vignettes for small groups to assess one candidate who is a hiring risk, and to differentiate between two qualified candidates to determine who is the better high performer.

November CFB Conferences

November 27, 2018
5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Univ. of New Haven Orange Campus

November 28, 2018
8:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Bigelow Tea
Fairfield, CT

We’re Living Longer: Is Your Business Ready? Is Your Family Ready?

Presented by Donna Fedus, Gerontologist & Founder of Borrow My Glasses

We live in a time of unprecedented longevity. Never before in history have people lived and functioned so well into their 8th, 9th and 10th decades of life. The longevity trend will impact every business and family, bringing both opportunity and challenges. The issues only get more complex when families work together.

Business owners will gain a significant competitive advantage by considering the implications of the longevity trend. Planning ahead for predictable workforce issues will prevent them from becoming unforeseen emergencies.

Here are just a few of the questions that will be addressed in this interactive workshop:

  • What is the magnitude of the longevity trend?
  • How are needs of our workforce and customers likely to change in the years to come?
  • How do employees meet family caregiving responsibilities? How does caregiving impact the business?
  • Where are opportunities for innovation?
  • Does the management team share the same assumptions about succession planning?
  • How are retirement trends changing? Have we created transition options?
  • In a family business, what do we do if we see a health or cognitive issue in a family member?
  • What resources are available?

Join us to hear new perspectives on the longevity trend and ways you can prepare. Is your business ready for longevity? Is your family ready?

Contact Us

Paul L. Sessions, Director
Phone: (203) 932-7421

Christine Delldonna, Director of Operations for the College of Business Centers & Institutes
Phone: (203) 931-6033

Mailing Address:
Center for Family Business
300 Boston Post Rd
West Haven, CT 06516

Office Address:
Center for Family Business
584 Derby Milford Rd.
Orange, CT 06477