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Becoming a Strong and Confident Female Leader

In anticipation of the annual Women’s Event on Thursday. February 16th, we wanted to introduce our special guest, Mary Burke,  and ask her a few questions that pertain to family business, the challenges she has faced throughout her career, and what she has done to become a strong and confident leader.


Mary is the CEO and founder […]

What a Family Business Can Learn From the Chicago Cubs

To know me is to know that I am a lifelong Cubs fan. As far back as second grade I would mysteriously get sick around 11am on opening day. It was precisely timed. My mom (aka co-conspirator) picked me up from school and drove me back home where I plunked down in front of the […]

Governance Institute

This February, the Family Business Center will launch a one of a kind program to prepare family business owners to serve on the boards of their family businesses. 

An intimate co-hort of like minded family business owners will learn how to become effective directors and strengthen their family and business.  Through case studies, board simulations, and […]

IL Family Business of the Year Awards: Winners and Finalists

The Loyola Family Business Center congratulates all of our 2016 Winners and Finalists of the Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards. This year’s winners have all demonstrated a positive family-business linkage over multiple generations. Their successful business strategies and sense of social responsibility have made significant contributions to the Illinois economy and community. Please […]

Silver Ball Spotlight: Bob Buddig

We recently spoke to Bob Buddig, CEO of Carl Buddig & Co.  Bob currently serves as Chairman of the FBC’s Board of Advisors.  Without a doubt, he and his family are some of our most actively involved members — attending conferences, enrolling in our educational institutes, and rubbing elbows at social events.  Check out Bob’s […]

Silver Ball Spotlight: Mary Wall Yeager

We recently interviewed Mary Wall Yeager, Sibling Team Owner at Wall Family Enterprise.  Mary and her family have been involved with the Center since its founding in 1990; she currently serves as a valuable member on the FBC’s Board of Advisors and has been an advocate of the Center and its mission for many years.

Why […]

Cultivating a Family Business

Dave Juday, former chairman, CEO and president of IDEAL Industries found himself at a crossroads in 1992.  Describing himself as the last in a long line of benevolent dictators, Dave and his family were at odds with one another and for once, he didn’t know how to fix the problems they were facing.  Dave worried […]

What I Learned from the Family Business Stewardship Institute

Meg McDonnell has over 33 years at Gonnella and now holds the position of VP Sales for the frozen dough division.  She is a late G3 (most experienced G3 being 70 years old and youngest being 54) who looks forward to working at a higher level in the company alongside mostly G4s.  Last year, Meg graduated […]

Announcing New Leadership

(Photo: Mark Patton)

I am excited to announce that after 18 years as the Executive Director of the Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center, I am handing the reins of the center to Anne Smart. I will be transitioning to the role of Clinical Professor in Family Business which will allow me the time and […]

A Look Back with Center Co-Founder, Moni Murdock

In 1991, the Chicago Tribune wrote a story about the establishment of Loyola’s Family Business Center, and interviewed Moni Murdock, her husband, Bud, and John Ward. Moni was one of the founding thought and practice leaders for the Loyola Family Business Center. A licensed clinical social worker in private practice and former Loyola School of […]

About this blog

Welcome to the Loyola Family Business Center’s blog featuring Andrew Keyt, clinical professor in family business. This blog focuses on all things family business: leadership styles, family strategy, succession planning, managing family conflict, next generation development, and more. You’ll also find center news, events, and photos. For more, visit LUC.edu/fbc.