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Center for Family Business Spring 2014 Schedule





The Role of a Board of Directors or Advisors in Your Family Business presented by a panel of CFB Members

For family businesses who do not have a Board, come and learn why many of your fellow members feel having a board is beneficial to their family and their business.

For those of you who do have a Board, come and see how your fellow members put their Boards to use and perhaps come away with suggestions on better utilizing your own Board. This informative exchange will help answer questions such as the differences between a Board of Advisers and a Board of Directors, and  how to select the right people to serve  on your Board.

Come prepared with your questions for our CFB Member panel. 

Tues., March 11
5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Grassy Hill Country Club
441 Clark Lane 
Orange, Ct

Improving Leadership Skills, Teamwork & Communication in Your Family Business ...through Improv

An interactive program led by Izzy Gessell Izzy Gessell is a former stand-up comedian and teacher who now does leadership training, coaching and professional speaking.

To survive in today's business environment, you need to be nimble, attentive, confident and creative.  Those are the same skills needed to be a successful Improv Theater performer.

Izzy will lead volunteers in improvisational theater games designed to expand their comfort zones, confidently accept reality, learn to act on things within their control control, and enjoy and value working with others.

  Participants will leave this session better prepared to deal with the daily challenges faced in their family businesses.

Tues., April 8
5:30-9:30 p.m. 
Grassy Hill Country Club
441 Clark Lane Orange, CT 

Wed., April 9
8:0011:30a.m.                  Bigelow Tea 
201 Blackrock Tpke. Fairfield, CT 

How to Build an Idea Driven Organization presented by Alan Robinson

Alan Robinson's book "Ideas Are Free", taught businesses to listen to their employee's ideas to make their businesses better. 

Alan's latest book is geared to helping companies such as our CFB Members to fully take advantage of what they can learn from their employees.

Each business in attendance will receive a copy of Alan's latest book, "How to Build an Idea Driven Organization".

Tuesday, May 6
5:30-9:30 p.m.
Grassy Hill Country Club
441 Clark Lane
Orange, CT

Family Business Risk Management ...Mayhem Lurks Everywhere
presented by our CFB Sponsors

Family business owners usually do a good job managing risk in their businesses - monitoring top-line growth and bottom-line profits, maintaining high standards for policies and procedures, implementing quality controls, etc.

Unfortunately, they are not always as prudent with their personal matters. In many cases, issues outside of the business can blindside you and cripple your company.

This presentation will employ the use of avatars to recreate real life situations which could destroy any family business.  Our CFB sponsors will offer advice for avoiding some frequently overlooked pitfalls. 

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