2020 Families in Business Conference

2019 FBC-239-91702019 FBC-590-05822019 FBC-489-0120

Schedule

All sessions occur in Eastern Time (ET).

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  • Monday, October 26, 2020
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    Day 1: GLOBAL BUSINESS
    12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM
    Around the World in 60 Minutes
    A distinguished panel of family business leaders from around the world will offer and share their insights on innovations, changes, and discuss the path forward.
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    2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Peer Group Forums: Crisis as a Revealer
    Participants may self-select into a variety of moderated small group discussions. The purpose of these roundtable discussions is to broaden understanding of the subject, engage in a moderated discussion, and connect peers with others in the group.
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    2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Peer Group Forums: Establishing Business Continuity Through Moments of Chaos
    Participants may self-select into a variety of moderated small group discussions. The purpose of these roundtable discussions is to broaden understanding of the subject, engage in a moderated discussion, and connect peers with others in the group.
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    2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Peer Group Forums: Maintaining a Long-Term Board Perspective When Even Next Week Seems So Far Away
    Participants may self-select into a variety of moderated small group discussions. The purpose of these roundtable discussions is to broaden understanding of the subject, engage in a moderated discussion, and connect peers with others in the group.
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  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
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    Day 2: LEGACY
    9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    13 Centuries and 46 Generations - Wisdom from the World's Oldest Family Business
    Hōshi (法師) is a ryokan (Japanese traditional inn) in the Awazu Onsen area of Komatsu, in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Founded in 718, has been owned and managed by the Hoshi family for forty-six generations. We will be joined by owner Zengoro Houshi and general manager Satoru Saka.
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    2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Finding Her True North
    Mary Owen was invited into the family business by her uncle, the late Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. The family business just happened to be the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. When Ralph passed away at age 95, a established plan was set in motion that saw Mary assume leadership of the Buffalo Bills, guide the initiation of the sale of the franchise for an estimated $1 billion, and finally positioned her as a Lifetime Trustee of the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation. Mary will share her journey of succession, leadership, and resiliency.
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  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020
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    Day 3: ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES
    12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM
    Essential Businesses - How to operate when others must close
    Lessons from the agriculture industry on how to adapt to the pandemic and other major changes.
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    2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Peer Group Forums: Growing the Family Enterprise-Leveraging Strategic Alliances to Deliver Success
    Participants may self-select into a variety of moderated small group discussions. The purpose of these roundtable discussions is to broaden understanding of the subject, engage in a moderated discussion, and connect peers with others in the group.
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    2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Peer Group Forums: Managing Cyber Risks in a Hyper-Connected World
    Participants may self-select into a variety of moderated small group discussions. The purpose of these roundtable discussions is to broaden understanding of the subject, engage in a moderated discussion, and connect peers with others in the group.
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    2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Peer Group Forums: The Two Sides of Generational Wealth
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  • Thursday, October 29, 2020
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    Day 4: FOOD AND RETAIL
    12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM
    A Conversation with Gary Dake, President of Stewart's Shops
    For any Cornellian or New Yorker who has traveled through the state, they are very familiar with Stewarts’ Shops as a community place for gas, milk and conversation. Founded in 1945 in Ballston Spa, the company now has 337 shops in operation and reaches from the Canadian border to the northern fringe of New York City, as well as locations stretching into Vermont as well. On day 4 of the 2020 Families in Business Conference, we sit down with Gary Dake, 3rd generation President of the venerable Stewart’s Shops brand, with business roots that date back to the family dairy farm in 1917. During the Coronavirus pandemic, Stewart’s has been on the front lines as an essential business and a stalwart in many rural communities. The company, while it remains family-owned, also offers an employee stock ownership plan which accounts for nearly 40% of company ownership. As a result, there are 67 current or former long-time Stewart’s workers with retirement balances of more than $1 million in the ESOP. Gary will share the Stewart’s story, along with a few family connections to Cornell, the importance to the communities Stewarts serves, and how the business has fared during the current pandemic.
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    2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Cross Cultures – How Global Families Negotiate Change
    Dr. Dennis Jaffe is one of the leading architects of the field of family enterprise consulting. He has helped hundreds of families overcome personal and organizational challenges to the successful transfer of businesses, wealth, values, and legacies across generations. His global insights have led to teaching or consulting engagements in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. Dennis will share findings from his 100 Year Family Enterprise Research project with particular emphasis on how culture affects differences in approaches to family business change and transitions.
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    6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM
    A (virtual) Taste of Family Business with Junior's Cheesecake

    Alan is the third generation of the Rosen family to lead the venerable New York City brand. Founded by Harry Rosen in 1950, Junior’s has been famous for great food, great fun, great service, and, of course, the best cheesecake. The original location in Brooklyn on Flatbush Avenue is still thriving. The current pandemic has caused major changes in how Junior’s operates, and Alan will share the family business story and challenges up until now and many still to come. Participants are invited to sample some of “the world’s most fabulous cheesecake” together with Alan and fellow conference attendees by ordering direct from Junior’s Cheesecake prior to the tasting.

    Upon registering, you will receive a separate confirmation email with instructions on how to complete your cheesecake purchase. The cost will be dependent on which cheesecake you choose. 

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  • Friday, October 30, 2020
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    Day 5: HOSPITALITY AND TRAVEL
    12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM
    Defining Business in the Next Generation

    An accomplished panel of family business founders and successors will share their perspectives on launching and maintaining their family business through challenging times.

    Moderator:
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    2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Peer Group Forums: CEO and Founders - Partnering Principles
    Participants may self-select into a variety of moderated small group discussions. The purpose of these roundtable discussions is to broaden understanding of the subject, engage in a moderated discussion, and connect peers with others in the group.
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    2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Peer Group Forums: Pivot or Stay the Course

    A next gen discussion about navigating challenge and opportunity in the family business.

    Participants may self-select into a variety of moderated small group discussions. The purpose of these roundtable discussions is to broaden understanding of the subject, engage in a moderated discussion, and connect peers with others in the group.

    Moderator:
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    2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Peer Group Forums: Women, Leadership, and the Emotional Complexities of Family Business
    Participants may self-select into a variety of moderated small group discussions. The purpose of these roundtable discussions is to broaden understanding of the subject, engage in a moderated discussion, and connect peers with others in the group.
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