Peer groups are one of the most powerful and best learning forums offered by the Conway Center for Family Business.
Peer groups provide a confidential environment for idea exchange, family business education, and personal growth. They present an opportunity to learn by seeking advice from peers and professionals who have “been there, done that” and who are willing to share their experiences and knowledge. Each peer group has a shared purpose and agreed upon expectations. In addition, participants commit to respecting the confidentiality of group members.
Business Development Peer Group
The Business Development Peer Group, led by Kelly Borth of GREENCREST & Bryan Driscoll of Driscoll Learning , gives you the tools you need to grow and develop your family business. Topics include sales, marketing, PR, brand development, leadership, goal setting, and more.
All members of the Conway Center who own, lead or work for family businesses and who are interested in developing ways to grow their business are invited to participate in any or all Business Development meetings. This peer group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
CEO Peer Group
The CEO Peer Group provides an opportunity for family business CEOs to come together in a confidential environment to discuss business, personal or “family business” related issues. Participants have the opportunity to seek input and advice when discussing executive level business issues. There are two groups: East and West that meet on different days and are comprised of family business CEOs from non-competing industries. Both groups meet monthly at different locations as posted. The cost to participate is $900 per person per year, which includes the cost of dinner and beverages at each meeting, a June recreational outing, and a holiday event with spouses and guests.
Finances for Family Businesses Peer Group
This quarterly, two-hour peer group explores financial literacy and management. Topics include key performance indicators, accounting software, internal controls, year-end prep, budgeting/cash flow, and more. Led and sponsored by Conway Center Service Provider Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Check the schedule below for specific meeting dates for this peer group.
Human Resources Peer Group
This quarterly, two-hour peer group explores hot topics in HR from a family-owned business perspective. We bring together experts in the field of Human Resources, Labor Law, Employee Development, and others to work with Conway Center members who manage the HR functions by default and HR professionals with training and experience. In true Conway Center Peer Group fashion, participants also learn from one another and share best practices. Check the schedule below for specific meeting dates for this peer group.
Leadership Development Peer Group
The Leadership Development Peer Group is led by Morgan Hembree, Psy.D., MBA, BCB, of Integrated Leadership Systems. This Peer Group helps participants explore their leadership skills and provides new ways of looking at coaching and team building. This is a great opportunity for up-and-coming family business leaders as well as current managers who wish to re-evaluate their approach to staff development and mentoring. This group meets the third Tuesday of each month from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Leadership 2.0 Peer Group
Led by Jennifer White, Psy.D., MBA, of Integrated Leadership Systems, this group is open to members who have completed at least three sessions of the Leadership Development Peer Group. The emphasis is on case studies and participants are expected to bring relevant issues and cases of their own to share. Held the second Wednesday of each month from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Next Generation Leaders Peer Group
Participants from an array of industries and non-competing companies learn to evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses at a time when they are preparing for expanded challenges and responsibilities. Each year, a new class for next-generation leaders begins and determines meeting dates that accommodate their schedules.
Online Strategy Peer Group
Ready to take your company’s Internet presence to the next level? Experts at adept marketing will offer insight into the latest in Internet trends and strategies from LinkedIn to SEO to integrating online and offline marketing. The group candidly discusses questions, challenges, and successes in this ever-changing area. The group meets quarterly as posted.
Succession Planning Peer Group
Led by one of the Center’s co-founders, Bea Wolper of Emens & Wolper Law Firm, Dr. Thaddeus O’Brien of O’Brien & Associates, and Tony Kington of Taft Law, this dynamic peer group provides a forum to discuss all aspects of succession planning. From inter-family dynamics to strategic planning, group members participate in interactive sessions that provide the foundation for transitioning their family business to the next generation. Sponsored by Conway Center Service Provider Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. This group meets the second Thursday of each month from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Succession 2.0 Peer Group
Join Bea Wolper, Conway Center co-founder and President of Emens & Wolper Law, Thaddeus O’Brien of O’Brien & Associates, and Tony Kington of Taft/ Law for 2-hour in-depth quarterly sessions on succession planning. Topics include plans for redemption, philanthropy, and more! Sponsored by Conway Center Service Provider SG Financial Services. Meets quarterly as posted.
Women in Family Business Peer Group
Established in 2006, and facilitated by Bea Wolper, the Women in Family Business Peer Group is for women who own, work for, or play a supporting role in the successful operation of a Central Ohio family business and who are members of the Conway Center for Family Business.
Participants explore topics such as earning respect, leadership, employment practices, family dynamics and communication in the family business and gain a greater understanding of these issues, techniques for dealing with challenges and a more productive experience back at the office. Meetings are held from 7:30 a.m. – 9 :00 a.m. the second Tuesday each month.
Join a Family Business Peer Group Today!
If you are considering participating in a peer group, would like to observe one, or have any questions, contact Amy Dotts, Event Coordinator, at ADotts@FamilyBusinessCenter.com. A full list of Peer Group meetings may be found on the Upcoming Events tab.