Introduction to Rene Boender
Opening Keynote - The Chance to Change is Now
6 Minute clip of Opening Plenary.
Rene Boender is the author of bestsellers Great to Cool and Generation Z. Having worked with internationally known companies like Sara-Lee, Apple, Disney, Coca-Cola and Phillips, Boender is known as an "innovative futurist.” With great storytelling capabilities and energy, he will open the conference with ideas on trending, communication, and what’s coming with Generation Z.
Innovation Across the Ages
What, precisely, are the traits of innovative family enterprises?
In this session, family members from Royal Dutch Distillers, Welch
Allyn, the Root Glass Co. and Babcock Lumber Co., discuss
innovation through the generations of their respective family
enterprises. A variety of anecdotal experiences of innovation,
and their implications for sustainability, are also addressed.
Kirby Rosplock, Babcock Lumber Co.
Preston Root, Root Glass Company
Eric Allyn, Welch Allyn Inc.
Marc de Kuyper, Royal Dutch Distillers, Inc.
Fight, Flight or Future — what does online education mean
Are you fighting it? Are you soaring with it? Are you part of
the future? Where are your clients in navigating the world of
online education? And…exactly what does “online” mean
today in the era of apps, social media and global education?
This session will give you data on who’s offering, who’s taking
and who’s teaching courses/programs in the online world of
family enterprise education. A global phenomenon that can’t
Jane Hilburt-Davis, FFI GEN
Pascale Michaud, Business Families Foundation
Adam Owenz, Florida International University
Judy Green, FFI, moderator
Thursday Keynote: Julie Macintosh, award winning journalist, author
Julie Macintosh led the Financial Times’s coverage of the takeover of Anheuser-Busch as its U.S. Mergers and Acquisitions Correspondent. She also covered the near-collapse of the global banking system while on the mergers beat and, before that, wrote for the newspaper’s influential "Lex” column.
In 2003, Julie was named one of NewsBios’s "Top 30 Business Journalists Under 30.” She regularly appears on CNBC and MSNBC. Her most recent book Dethroning the King: The Hostile Takeover of Anheuser Busch chronicles the financial excess, tortured relationships, and old-fashioned back room politics that led to the collapse of a legendary American company.
She is joined by Belgian journalist Wolfgang Riepl.
Fostering Entrepreneurism through the Generations
Members of this panel draw on their personal experiences
as owner-operators to share examples of how their
entrepreneurial spirit was inspired and nurtured by the
generations that preceded them. Presenters also reflect on
ways that they have sought to foster entrepreneurism among
the individuals of the subsequent generations.
Dirk Jungé, Pitcairn
Ann Dugan, University of Pittsburgh
François de Visscher, de Visscher & Co.