‘Managing Relationships in Family Business: The Importance of Communication’
SPOKANE, Wash. – Andrew Keyt, executive director of the Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center, and a widely recognized expert on issues unique to family owned businesses, will present the Gonzaga University School of Business Administration’s third annual Family Business Conference next month on Gonzaga’s campus.
The conference, “Managing Relationships in Family Business: The Importance of Communication,” will run from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, June 2 in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium. The cost is $195 per family member for the first two registrants, and all subsequent family members are admitted for $45 per person. The event includes a continental breakfast and lunch.
Keyt will lead a discussion about one of the most critical aspects of running a sustainable family business: communication. The event will also feature a lively discussion by a panel of prominent Spokane family business owners. The program will provide an overview of strategies to help participants improve their family and business relationships through effective communication. Participants will learn tools for meeting the challenges of multigenerational families in business, particularly during periods of transitions.
Participants will develop:
- Techniques to build family cohesion, including articulating shared visions and dreams for the family and the business;
- An understanding of the differing communication styles, interpersonal skills, and expectations of family members in various states of life; and
- Strategies to solicit input from family members and business colleagues and negotiate when necessary.
The goal of the program is to help participants and their families build and maintain trustworthy, healthy, and enduring relationships. The event is for family members and managers of family owned businesses only. The conference is sponsored by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.