NYCFEC Elective: Discussing Difficult Family Topics
IN-DEPTH MORNING SESSION
Discussing Difficult Family Topics
“Riding the Elephant Out of the Room: Managing Difficult Conversations in Your Family”
All families have experienced having an important and obvious problem or difficult situation that people do not want to talk about. Having an “Elephant in the Room”, becomes more uncomfortable or problematic over time when so much time is spent avoiding the topic, “walking on egg shells” trying to introduce it, or worrying about whether or not to address problems at all. When family members own and/or work in a business together, these difficult family and business topics can become barriers to helping everyone build healthier relationships and more sustainable businesses, as well as work and/or plan more effectively and enjoyably. While many of us prefer to avoid conflict, significant risks and challenges arise when family members refuse to discuss their own challenges and dynamics in a timely way. This NYCFEC session will help participants define the elephant in their room better, understand what it is, and why it challenges the family business system, and what approaches and techniques can be used to help families discuss their most difficult and important issues. Through examples, frameworks and interactive discussion, attendees will learn strategies for deciding if, how, and when to address. This will include the potential impact(s) of addressing vs. not addressing the situation.
Examples of elephants in the room might include:
Retirement or changing roles of family members
Fairness or favoritism
Pre and post nuptial arrangements
Succession and transitions
Money and other assets and age of disclosure
Addiction, behavioral, and health issues
This NYCFEC Elective will teach you how!
Wednesday, June 13, 20188:30AM - 9:00: AM - Breakfast & Networking9:00AM - 12:00 PM - Program
Arden O’Connor founded the O’Connor Professional Group to address the needs of families and individuals struggling with an array of behavioral health issues, including addiction, mental health disorders, eating disorders, learning, and other developmental challenges. With several relatives in recovery, Arden is passionate about helping families and individuals navigate the highly fragmented treatment system in a way that creates positive outcomes and allows families to heal. Arden is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. She remains heavily involved in community activities, as a board member of Winsor School Corporation, Collaboration for Family Flourishing, Massachusetts Association of Mental Health, and C4 Recovery Solutions. Previously, she served as a board member for the Justice Resource Institute (former chair), Harvard Club of Boston, Victory Programs, and Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Boston. She maintains professional affiliations with the following organizations: Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises, Boston Estate Planning Council, Worthy Circles and Family Firm Institute.
Blair Trippe has expertise as a negotiator, mediator, and family business consultant and is grounded in the study of strategic management and conflict resolution methodologies. She brings a highly specialized approach to the understanding of family systems and the relationship challenges encountered when families work and own together. Blair is the co-author of Deconstructing Conflict: Understanding Family Business, Shared Wealth and Power and Mom Always Liked You Best – A Guide to Resolving Family Feuds, Inheritance Battles and Eldercare Crises. Her leadership in the mediation field helped create a new specialty through the development of “Elder Decisions” – a division of Agreement Resources LLC, a consulting firm she co-founded. Agreement Resources provides conflict resolution, mediation, and training services to families and a variety of organizations. It is also an approved services provider to probate courts in several counties of Massachusetts. As a workshop facilitator and trainer, Blair has conducted sessions for the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, Judge’s Institute, American Bar Association, Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises, the Northeastern University Center for Family Business, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Northeast Human Resource Association, and the Family Firm Institute, among others. Blair earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management with a concentration in marketing and finance, and a BA in psychology from Connecticut College.
NYCFEC Elective sessions are private, neutral, inclusive and respectful of all parties. No solicitation or commercial influence is permitted. You can feel safe about raising or discussing any of your own challenges or questions throughout the session. In NYCFEC sessions, you do not have to disclose your full name or identify or provide any information about your family business during the session.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Family members from family businesses:
Whose Family Business is based in the NYC area, or
Whose Family Business is based elsewhere, but live in the NYC area
Space is limited, so please sign up early to save your spot. Breakfast is included.
**If you are a small family business owner, please fill out the contact form on our website with your information as you may be eligible for a scholarship. Limited availability.
If you are a member of other select non-profit business groups in the NYC area, you may also get a 17-25% discount, by filing out the contact form at the bottom of our website. Please include the non-profit business organization(s) your firm belongs to in the message box.
If you would like to join our community and Next Gen, Senior Gen or other special NYCFEC group, please fill out the contact form on our contact form and indicate if you are interested in becoming an Individual Member or your family business is interested in becoming a Family Enterprise member in the message box, as well as describe what type of special group you would be most interested in joining.
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