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Conference Notes: Children of Wealth: Fact vs. Fiction

There are a number of assumptions around children of wealth. Some true, some not so true. Ed Monte, founder and principal of the Family Solutions Group, had a candid conversation with me sharing key insights on the topic. Check out Ed’s fact vs. fiction list below and see if your assumptions about children of wealth [...]

A Day at the Races

This year’s FBC Member Social was an afternoon filled with family fun, memories, and anticipation as bets were placed and the horses raced for the winning title at Arlington International Racetrack. As the races began, our families relaxed and enjoyed a delicious lunch and refreshing cocktails in a private Marquee tent. It was a great [...]

Conference Notes: Leveraging Values in a Family Business

Family values permeate the culture at McKee Foods. Integrity, quality, productivity, responsibility, people, and innovation. They act as a kind of compass–a set of guiding principles for both non-family and family employees. McKee holds them in high regard and has, throughout the company’s history, passed them on from one generation to the next. Mike McKee [...]

NxG: Get Social

It was a relaxed, social evening as up-and-coming NextGens gathered at Chicago’s sheek Epic Restaurant this past week to mingle and share their family business experiences during NxG: Get Social. While savory appetizers and cold cocktails were being served, NextGens took the opportunity to bond with one another and connect over shared experiences and opinions [...]

Celebrating FBN-I’s 25th Anniversary in Paris

Amidst an array of hors d’oeuvres, French culture, and breathtaking Parisian sights, Family Business Network chapters from around the world came together for FBN-I’s 25th Anniversary in Paris this past week. Accompanied by FBC’s Membership Director Anne Smart, FBC Board Member Mary Yeager, and a few other FBC members, the families of the French chapter [...]

Conference Notes: Taking the NxG to the Next Level

The FBC recently partnered with the Family Business Network-North America on its first conference of 2014: Taking the NxG to the Next Level: Key Strategies for Next- and NowGen. Over the course of two days, attendees delved deep into the challenges that arise between Next and NowGen family members. Keynote speakers and FBC members shared [...]

NxG: What’s your Authentic Leadership Style?

The FBC hosted its first-ever NextGen Networking Event at Chicago’s own City Winery. The venue served up a bevy of craft beer and wine, and gave all of our NxG attendees an after-work hangout to eat, drink and mingle with their peers.

Our aim for the event was to build community. We wanted to carve out [...]

A Night to Remember

Despite the stormy forecast last month, the FBC’s second-annual Summer Boat Cruise set sail on the waters of the Chicago River.  Over 70 passengers kept dry aboard the Leading Lady, one of the newer vessels from FBC Member, Chicago’s First Lady Cruises.

Once we got going, the rain let up long enough for people to venture to [...]

Conference Notes: Building a High Performance Families

Last week, the FBC hosted its first conference of 2013: Building High-Performance Families. The day’s theme challenged attendees to answer an important, and sometimes overlooked, question: what is family strategy and how do you build it? Keynote speakers and FBC Members shared stories, experience and insight, resulting in a day of mutual learning and candid [...]

Family Business Resolutions by Anne Smart, Guest Blogger

The start of a New Year brings with it hope and opportunities; it gives us a chance to reflect on what we’ve accomplished and ask ourselves where we want to go in the year ahead. Many family businesses spend ample time planning for the future of their businesses by developing strategic plans and budgets, but [...]

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