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Create a Vision at the Loyola University Chicago
Family Business Center’s Annual Conference
Conference to be Held Downtown Chicago April 23-24, 2009

CHICAGO, March 16, 2009 – Loyola University Chicago’s Family Business Center (FBC) will host “Creating Vision for the Family Business: Aligning Ownership, Family, and Strategy,” on April 23-24, 2009. The conference, co-hosted with the U.S. chapter of the Family Business Network (FBN), the premier international network for business-owning families, will educate families on creating a vision for their family and business that aligns ownership interests, builds stronger communication between family members, and articulates a viable strategy for the future of their organization.

“This conference is an excellent opportunity for the family business community to come together to gain the valuable tools and knowledge needed to succeed as a family business in today’s competitive environment,” says Andrew Keyt, executive director of the FBC. “During the two days, we will feature family case studies and unique programming that cannot be found anywhere else.”

The conference will offer sessions on topics that include new ways to look at leadership, tools for strategy development, creating a family continuity plan, family and business governance, new developments in transitioning the business, and engaging the next generation of leaders.

A number of keynote speakers will be on-hand as well, including Julia Flynn Siler, author of The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, a New York Times bestseller. Siler will explore some of the turmoil that beset the Mondavi family’s wine empire. Andrew Razeghi, a best-selling author, adviser, and educator to organizations on growth strategy, creativity, and innovation, will speak as well, offering pointers on what to do, why to do it, and what to avoid during moments of economic turbulence.

Laird Koldyke, partner at the Chicago-based investment firm Winona Capital Management, and director of Top Driver and Laird Norton Company, will discuss the history of the Laird Norton Company and its family integrity, inclusive culture, and philanthropic spirit. He will also discuss the decision to sell Laird Norton’s largest operating company. The conference will feature special programming for the next generation of family business owners as well. “Resolving Conflict and Improving Communication: Ensuring Cohesion in the Family Business” will address the needs and concerns of the next generation of family business leaders and prepare them for their unique leadership roles.

The conference will be held at the Conrad Hotel, located at 521 North Rush Street, in Chicago, and is open to large and mid-sized family-owned businesses from across the world. Rooms have been reserved at the Conrad Hotel at a special conference rate of $295 per night. To reserve a room, please call 312.645.1500 and ask for the special Loyola/FBN conference rate. Rooms can also be reserved by calling 312.915.6490. For more information on the conference, visit LUC.edu/fbc.

About Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center
The Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center, an internationally recognized pioneer and leader in family business program development and research, serves as a resource to family businesses in the Chicago region and throughout the nation. The center’s research projects have focused on issues such as family business leadership, the communication patterns of business-owning families, the role of trusts and trustees in family firms, the performance of family businesses compared with non-family managed counterparts, and demographic profiles of family businesses throughout the United States. The center has also been recognized by the New York Times and Fortune Small Business magazine as one of the top educational institutions for family business. For more information, please visit LUC.edu/fbc.

About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,600 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 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 ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in their 2009 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.




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