Center for Family Business Events

January CFB Conferences

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Univ. of New Haven Orange Campus

The Power of Musical Improvisation: Lessons Learned to Spark New Levels of Creativity, Collaboration and Energy with Your Team

Presented by UPTEMPO! Co-founders Chuck Chesler, Business Strategist/Professional Musician and Chuck Presbury, MS, ACC, Executive Coach/Adjunct Faculty at Sacred Heart University

Explore insights from one of the highest performing teams-musical combos. Discover in real-time by interacting with a LIVE BAND that you can release creativity, fluid communication and collaboration skills that are already within you. And you can apply those same skills back on the job immediately! Join us for a high energy, fun and insightful kickoff to the New Year.

March CFB Conferences

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Univ. of New Haven Orange Campus

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
8:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Bigelow Tea, Fairfield, CT

Emotional Intelligence: Three Questions to Answer
  1. Why does it matter?
  2. Why especially important for family businesses?
  3. How can you improve?

Presented by Chuck Wolfe, Leadership Coach, Radio Talk Show Host, Creator of “The Emotion Roadmap”

It matters because emotions are always present. Emotions drive our thoughts and these thoughts drive behaviors.

Achieving the best behavior in ourselves and in others comes from understanding the role emotions play and managing them effectively.

In family owned businesses emotions are often more challenging when it comes to situations involving conflicts, fairness, performance issues, succession plans, accountability and a host of other issues that impact all businesses, but are often more personal in family businesses.

Chuck Wolfe, emotional intelligence pioneer, will address these questions and challenges. Participants will leave with new strategies for challenging situations at home and at work.

Key takeaways:

  1. A way to talk about challenges with minimal defensiveness
  2. A thoughtful approach to managing our own emotions
  3. An increased understanding of others feelings and wishes that lead to better relationships and improved conflict management.
  4. Knowledge of the Emotion Roadmap, the key takeaway that has the potential to be life changing.

Chuck Wolfe – Presenter

  • Motivational speaker, leadership coach, consultant, and leading expert in the field of emotional intelligence.
  • Volunteer host of radio talk show Emotion Roadmap: Take the Wheel and Control How You Feel on WPKN.
  • Faculty member for the Daniel Goleman Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification Program.
  • Speaker at major universities and corporate organizations, such as Harvard, Yale, MIT, Exxon/Mobile, Aetna, Coca Cola, ESPN, US Army & Coast Guard, Foxwoods, and many more.
  • Before starting his own business he worked for Exxon, Hartford Insurance, Harvard Business School, and privately served as a family therapist.
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April CFB Conferences

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Univ. of New Haven Orange Campus

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
8:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Bigelow Tea, Fairfield, CT

Scaling Your Business: Actionable Advice to improve results, short- and long-term

Presented by Dick Albu, Strategy Management Consultant for Family Owned Businesses and Rick Fawcett, EOS Implementor for startups and emerging businesses

This workshop provides actionable advice to improve business results in the short-term and long-term. The concepts and tools to be discussed will touch on both operationalizing the business and creating a robust strategy to drive success. Scaling your business with these management and leadership disciplines is essential to any business owner looking to supercharge performance and enhance the lives of everyone in the organization.

Through the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), as popularized by the book Traction, you will learn of Six Core Components that will give your business the tools to achieve greater traction and enjoy a healthier business environment.

Through Albu Consulting’s strategy management process, you will learn how to harness and align the EOS operational disciplines around a robust long-term strategy to drive your business to new heights.

This workshop is targeted to family business owners of small to mid-size companies that are open minded, eager to challenge the status quo, and looking to take control of their destiny.

Dick Albu, President & Founder of Albu Consulting

Dick’s career spans forty years of corporate and consulting experience in a wide range of strategic initiatives. Founded in 1994, Albu Consulting is a strategy management consulting firm dedicated to helping its clients realize their growth goals. Dick’s clients benefit from his experiences working in a variety of industries and markets.

Prior to forming Albu Consulting, Dick worked seven years as Vice President with a New York City based international business development consulting group where he gained valuable experience across a broad range of industries. During his sixteen years at Nestle, the world’s largest food and beverage company, Dick held senior management positions both in the US and Switzerland, Nestlé’s worldwide headquarters.

Dick is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University and the Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Dick’s affiliations included the Association for Corporate Growth, and he is an Associate of Vistage, an international organization of CEOs. Dick is on the Board of Advisors of David S. Lapine, the University of New Haven Center of Entrepreneurship, and the Board of the CT Exit Planning Exchange.

Rick Fawcett, CEO & Founder of Outpace Enterprises

Rick grew up in his family’s material handling business in southern New Hampshire. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire, Rick moved into the high-tech industry. After several years with some of the industry’s largest players, Rick gave in to his entrepreneurial spirit and focused his energy on high-tech start-ups. Six of these start-ups were either acquired or went public.

In 2010, Rick was introduced to the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) while at an Accenture-acquired start-up. He was trained by one of the EOS co-founders and applied it to his next three start-ups. Each business took off, averaging 5x growth in their first two years. In 2019, Rick kicked off Outpace Enterprises to train, facilitate and coach EOS to companies in Connecticut and southern New York.

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