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Loyola University Chicago to Host 4th Annual “Leadership and the Family Business” Conference
Two-Day Conference Explores Unique Challenges Faced by America’s Family Businesses

CHICAGO, March 30, 2007 – Loyola University Chicago’s Family Business Center, the U.S. chapter of the Family Business Network, will host its 4th annual “Leadership and the Family Business” conference on Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20 at the Swissôtel Chicago, located at 323 East Wacker Drive.

The conference, which will include a number of presentations, panel discussions, and breakout sessions, will explore a number of the unique challenges that family business leaders face, as well as new theories on leadership and leadership development. Other topics on the agenda include:

“We are extremely excited about this program, as attendees will hear stories from some of the most sophisticated family businesses and brightest minds in this field,” says Andrew Keyt, executive director of Loyola’s Family Business Center. “This conference is a unique opportunity for family business owners to learn about the challenges of leadership and succession, and, most importantly, learn about them in a confidential environment.”

The conference will also feature a number of guest speakers, including Carol Lavin Bernick, executive chairman of the board of the Alberto Culver Company; Ann Drake, CEO of DSC Logistics; and Barbara Levy Kipper, chairman and CEO of Chas. Levy Company. Attendees will also hear inspiring personal experiences from successful family businesses such as the Callejas family of Chile, who will discuss “Leadership Through Turbulent Times,” and the van Bommel family, who will discuss the challenges they faced while preparing their shoe manufacturing business for its ninth generation of leadership.

“Leadership and the Family Business” is open to business-owning familes, both members and non-members of Loyola’s Family Business Center, with at least $10 million in annual sales. For more information on the conference, including pricing, please call 312-915-6490.

About the Family Business Network
The Family Business Network (F.B.N.) was founded in 1990 in response to an expressed need to have a worldwide association devoted exclusively to increasing the quality of leadership and management of family-owned enterprises. There is no equivalent worldwide organization anywhere. F.B.N. is an independent not-for-profit association that organizes activities and provides educational and networking opportunities for family businesses, with the help of academics and service providers, in order to create and disseminate knowledge, exchange experiences, and build relationships. Today, F.B.N. has over 1,700 members from 50 different countries. The headquarters and information center are located in Lausanne, Switzerland. For more information, please visit www.fbn-i.org.

About the Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center
The Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center (FBC) is the U.S. chapter of the Family Business Network. Founded in 1990, the center is a confidential learning community of business-owning families dedicated to fostering healthy generational transitions within their businesses. Our network of families across the U.S. includes some of the oldest and most sophisticated family firms. Through innovative seminars, peer learning, and programs such as our Next Generation Leadership Institute, the FBC seeks to educate all family members about their roles in family and business. For more information, please contact the center at 800-424-3981 or www.sba.luc.edu/fbc.

About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.LUC.edu.

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