The Virginia Family Business Forum provides educational programs, leadership affinity groups and networking opportunities to family-owned businesses throughout the region.
The forum is housed at the VCU School of Business and offers access to faculty and university resources. Monthly seminars feature leading experts on topics of value to owners and members of family enterprises. Topics include succession planning, governance, family communications, leadership development, conflict resolution and other matters unique to multi-generational family businesses.
Membership is open to businesses whose family ownership spans two or more generations. The annual membership fee is $1,500 and permits participation by all owners, family members and non-family executives of the member business. Please contact Sam Davis, Director of the Family Business Forum, for additional information.
2018-19 Forum Programs
September 26, 2018 (Snead Hall B3114)
Reinventing the Family Business After the Sale
Panel presentation by Bobby Ukrop, founder, his two sons-in-law, and his CFO | Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods
October 24, 2018 (Snead Hall B3114)
Multi-generational Success in a Highly Competitive Industry
Rick Holtz | H.J. Holtz & Sons
November 14, 2018 (Snead Hall B3189)
Engaging the Next Generation: Guidelines and Practices
Danielle Oristian York, Managing Director | 21-64, a nonprofit organization providing training and tools for family enterprises
December 19, 2018 (Snead Hall B3189)
Transferring Assets to Future Generations
Holly Isdale | Founder, WealthHaven
January 23, 2019 (Snead Hall B3189)
Values Based Leadership Development
Tom Epperson, PhD, President | Inner Will Leadership Institute
February 20, 2019 (Snead Hall B3189)
From Family Business to Business Family: How to Successfully Integrate Non-Family Executives into the Family Business
Jim Wood, Executive Director | EY
March 20, 2019 (Snead Hall B3114)
ESOPs are Back! Continuing the Family Business Through a Sale to Employees
Ron Gilbert, President | ESOP Services, Inc.
April 17, 2019 (Snead Hall B3189)
Crafting & Preserving Your Family Legacy
Thayer Willis | author, speaker, family wealth advisor
May 22, 2019 (Snead Hall B3189)
Building a Successful Woman-Owned Business
Panel of women from family-owned businesses