Events Calendar - Family Business Programs in Columbus | Peer Groups and Education

The Conway Center for Family Business provides highly relevant, topical and original programming that helps members learn, stay informed and share experiences with their peers. These family-focused educational programs are unique to the Center and cannot be found anywhere else in Central Ohio.

In addition, we offer enjoyable social interactions that allow members to build strong relationships. We believe that some of the most productive experiences are created in less formal, group settings where relationships can be built, ideas shared and new opportunities hatched.

Just some of these activities include our annual Family Business Awards & Expo, Monthly Educational Programs, Networking and Social Events and Peer Groups. Please browse the calendar below for events and topics that can provide solutions to your family business challenge.

Events Calendar

Tuesday Jan 31, 2023
Whether you have an existing 401(k) plan or are considering offering this benefit soon, it?s important to know that the government just passed sweeping legislation in December for the second time in three years encouraging access to and participation in retirement plans. As a plan trustee or plan committee member, you need to know what to watch for since you are liable as a plan fiduciary. Join Eric Shisler and Jamie Bond, members of CI Budros Ruhlin Roe Retirement Plan Services team. They will summarize what has changed and what requires action in the recently passed SECURE Act 2.0 as it relates to your company-sponsored retirement plan. You won?t want to miss this informative session! ... read more
Categories: CCFB Webinar
Thursday Feb 2, 2023
The Rising CEO Peer Group is for next gens who will be taking a greater leadership position in their family business. The group is by invitation only and there is an additional annual fee to attend. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group, Rising CEO
Tuesday Feb 7, 2023
For non-family C-suite leaders working in a family business. Peer-to-peer driven, sessions focus on objective and thoughtful insight and advice from those in similar situations. Additional fee to attend. Pre-approval to join and RSVP required. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group, C-Suite Non-Family Leaders
Wednesday Feb 8, 2023
Are you managing your calendar, prioritizing tasks, and feeling productive – or are small daily crises dictating how and your family members in the business will spend your day? We’ll discuss how you can take back your time by getting organized, minimizing time wasters, and planning your day effectively. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group, Next Generation Leaders
Thursday Feb 9, 2023
We invite you to join us for our Family Business Showcase at Crimson Design Group, a full-service luxury interior design studio in Grandview Heights. Open to family and community business leaders in Central Ohio, the Family Business Showcase provides an insider's perspective into what has made the business successful, and its plans for the future. Founded by Cheryl Stauffer, Crimson Design Group has grown from a one-woman business to a team of nearly 20 creatives, and is now celebrating its 20th year in business! Join us for a tour of the 10,000 square foot building that serves as Crimson HQ and The Bazaar, Crimson's in-house art gallery. Learn how Crimson Design Group has evolved the past two decades, and how this family business has begun to venture into new sectors as a result of their growth. Appetizers and drinks will be provided for you while you meet and mingle with other family business and community leaders. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Networking & Social Events
Thursday Feb 9, 2023
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Categories: CCFB Peer Group, CEO
Friday Feb 10, 2023
Sales Connection Breakfast Series with Bill Kiefaber You're invited to join us for the Sales Connection Breakfast Series where a special guest speaker discusses a topic of importance to the professional growth of sales and marketing professionals. This session features Bill Kiefaber, President and Owner of Marketing Works who will present ''9 Critical Elements to Succeed in the Post-COVID Sales Environment.'' ... read more
Categories: Member-Sponsored Event
Tuesday Feb 14, 2023
Employee performance reviews are an important part of engaging employees and if done right, have a big impact on their success in your organization. However, giving performance feedback can be very uncomfortable and especially tricky in family business. Join us as we discuss elements of an effective performance review, how often they should be conducted, and practical strategies for delivering valuable feedback. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group, Women in Family Business
Thursday Feb 16, 2023
We hear time and time again that being a spouse or in-law in a family business can be challenging. Not only are they impacted by decisions made by the business, but they, too, have a “pillow talk” effect. Our panelists will discuss the highs and lows of being on the outside looking in and how it affects their relationships with their partners, the family business, and their Thanksgiving dinner table gatherings. Panelists: Derek Lichtfuss, Director at Newmark; Spouse & In-Law (married to Katie Ricart Licthfuss of Ricart Automotive) Dustin Wilshire, Co-CEO at Reitter, Inc; In-Law (married to Fritz Reitter's daughter, Rachel) Facilitated by Bea Wolper, Co-Founder & Board President, Conway Center for Family Business; President, Emens Wolper Jacobs & Jasin Law Firm Sponsored by GREENCREST ... read more
Categories: CCFB Educational Program
Thursday Feb 16, 2023
The Conway Strong CEO Peer Group is for Presidents and CEOs of family-owned businesses. The group is by invitation only and there is an additional annual fee to attend. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group, CEO
Tuesday Feb 21, 2023
LCoaching, Guiding or Mentoring – Which One is Right for Your Team? ''Great leaders are great listeners.” That’s a somewhat famous quote and it still holds the same weight as when it was first uttered. A key aspect of leadership is about our ability to solve problems and help others solve problems. As leaders, how do we know: What the problem is? What are the things that hamper both our ability and others to achieve goals and create positive outcomes? How can we better understand the people around us to get things done? This session will address the questions above and others by discussing best practices of developing employees. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group, Leadership Development 2.0
Wednesday Feb 22, 2023
The CEO Peer Group of Rising and New Leaders of family-owned businesses. The group is by invitation only and there is an additional annual fee to attend. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group, Rising CEO
Tuesday Feb 28, 2023
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Categories: CCFB Peer Group, CEO
Tuesday Feb 28, 2023
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Categories: Member-Sponsored Event
Thursday Mar 2, 2023
The Rising CEO Peer Group is for next gens who will be taking a greater leadership position in their family business. The group is by invitation only and there is an additional annual fee to attend. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group, Rising CEO
Tuesday Mar 7, 2023
For non-family C-suite leaders working in a family business. Peer-to-peer driven, sessions focus on objective and thoughtful insight and advice from those in similar situations. Additional fee to attend. Pre-approval to join and RSVP required. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group, C-Suite Non-Family Leaders
Wednesday Mar 8, 2023
Sometimes you can get lost in a family business, just waiting for someone to tell you what your next role will be. How can we effectively navigate our career on our terms, ensuring we are using our best talents/passions to best serve the family business needs? We’ll discuss how to take charge of your career and build self-confidence. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group, Next Generation Leaders
Thursday Mar 9, 2023
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Categories: CCFB Peer Group, CEO
Friday Mar 10, 2023
We are hosting a breakfast for new, returning, or any other family business or service provider members interested in learning more about getting the most out of your Conway Center membership! This event will give everyone an opportunity to network with other family business leaders, and to learn more about the history of the Conway Center, its offerings and member benefits. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Networking & Social Events
Friday Mar 10, 2023
Sales Connection Breakfast Series with Patrick Ritchie Grab a fresh cup of coffee and a light breakfast at the Chamber for the Sales Connection Breakfast Series as we bring sales professionals together from all over central Ohio. Join us for a new format for 2023 with a presentation and then a Q & A session. This month?s speaker is Patrick Ritchie, Senior Director of Sales at the Gordon Flesch Company (GFC), the largest Midwestern independent provider of office technology solutions with a 66-year history as a family business. Patrick leads GFC?s East Region which includes Ohio, Indiana and Illinois as well as GFC?s Print Solutions business. ... read more
Categories: Member-Sponsored Event
Thursday Mar 16, 2023
According to research done by Forbes, “a family-owned business engenders a strong sense of trust in consumers...family-owned businesses seem more stable, more customer-friendly, more approachable, and more trustworthy.” Our panelists put their family business pride front-and-center and use it not only as a marketing tool, but as a way to attract and retain employees. Indeed, we often hear them say, “we treat our employees like family” – they mean it and it shows. Generously sponsored by GREENCREST ... read more
Categories: CCFB Educational Program
Tuesday Mar 21, 2023
Managing Conflict One of the consistent characteristics of strong leaders is the ability to manage conflict in an organization or team. Learn the best practices of managing conflict and how this can help improve the relationships around you. • Discuss the different types of conflicts and situations therein. • Learn how to help people productively address conflict ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group, Leadership Development
Tuesday Mar 21, 2023
Integrating multiple generations into day-to-day operations of family business as each generation carries different goals and motivations can be difficult, especially for women. Senior leaders have institutional knowledge and experience, while those younger coming into the business bring energy, fresh ideas, and technology experience. We’ll gain new perspectives and share strategies of how to navigate these generational differences. This brown-bag lunch monthly peer group will be co-facilitated by Bea Wolper and Donna Musilli and is for women - both family and non-family - who work in a family-owned business. Our new format allows for connection, sharing, inspiration, and support. The sessions will address some of the unique challenges for women in family-owned businesses including: Self Care for Women Leaders in Family Business Building Confidence in your Role as a Leader in a Family Business Skills for Managing Conflict Resolution in Family Business Generously sponsored by KeyBank ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group, Women in Family Business
Wednesday Mar 22, 2023
The CEO Peer Group of Rising and New Leaders of family-owned businesses. The group is by invitation only and there is an additional annual fee to attend. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group, Rising CEO
Thursday Mar 23, 2023
Let us continue our total compensation discussion and discuss ways to weave in creative leave strategies as a benefit to attract and retain employees. The term ''leave'' covers any paid or unpaid time off you may want to offer your employees. We will discuss various leave options available to Ohio employees and have candid conversations on their impact to your business. We will also discuss what you should put in writing regarding leaves to reserve your rights as an employer and set up employee expectations. This discussion will also include the good, bad, and ugly about ''unlimited'' leaves! ... read more
Categories: CCFB Roundtable, CCFB Peer Group, Human Resources
Thursday Mar 23, 2023
The Conway Strong CEO Peer Group is for Presidents and CEOs of family-owned businesses. The group is by invitation only and there is an additional annual fee to attend. ... read more
Categories: CCFB Peer Group, CEO
Tuesday Mar 28, 2023
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Categories: CCFB Peer Group, CEO
Thursday Mar 30, 2023
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Categories: CCFB Peer Group, Succession Planning

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