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Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley

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Contact Ira Bryck or Jessi Kirley at the Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley, Inc., at (413) 835-0810 to get more information, discuss your situation, and commit to an evening or a morning that will expand your thinking about growing your business.

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MARCH 26, 2019 • TUESDAY, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM MORNING WORKSHOP

MASSACHUSETTS GREEN HIGH PERFORMANCE , HOLYOKE, MASS

EOS USER'S GROUP, PART 2: following up on our recent first meeting, we will discuss all that will make your implementation of ENTREPRENEURIAL OPERATING SYSTEM (as described in Traction, by Gino Wickman) all you need it to be. Attendance at our first meeting is not a prerequisite; in fact, we are in search of a few more visionaries and integrators, who are experienced and willing to learn and share. Contact Ira and Jessi at 413 835 0810 or jessi@fambizpv.com / ira@fambizpv/com for more info and to register. Limit 20, 2 per company.

REGISTER FOR MARCH 26 BY CLICKING HERE


APRIL 5, 2019 •FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM MORNING WORKSHOP

SOUTH HADLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 2 CANAL STREET, TRUSTEES CONFERENCE ROOM

SO MUCH YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MENTORSHIP

Every day 10,000 Baby Boomers retire in the United States.  Tremendous amounts of knowledge and insights are leaving the door.  At the same time, Millennials are hungry to excel and learn.  Whether you have retired or not, your knowledge is indispensable for the next generation.  Leadership Pioneer Valley has been matching mentors with graduates of their emerging leader program.  In this interactive workshop, explore best practices for mentors  LPV will be looking for new round of mentors next fall, will you be among them?

The workshop would include exercises for potential mentors on how to be a good mentor.  It will help them assess the skills and knowledge they might have to offer.  It will also provide framework for mentoring.  What is and isn't mentoring.

Presented by Lora Wondolowski, founding director of Leadership Pioneer Valley, that builds a network of emerging leaders to address the challenges and opportunities of the region, Leadership Pioneer Valley combines both classroom and hands-on, experiential learning at different locations throughout the Valley. The curriculum is designed to foster the skills, collaboration, and commitment needed to further a vibrant and culturally competent Pioneer Valley. Previously, Lora served as the founding Executive Director of the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters (MLEV), before that the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and National Audubon Society in DC. While at LCVEF and Audubon, she launched and organized several successful programs and training programs. She has nearly 20 years of experience with grassroots organizing and community outreach.She was one of the founders of the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls and was a volunteer and board member of Pride Zone Youth Center in Northampton,  She currently serves on the Connecticut River Conservancy, Public Health Institute of Western MA, and United Way of Pioneer Valley boards. In 2018 she received the Women's Professional Chamber's Woman of the Year Award.  She lives in Greenfield with her wife and daughters aged 12 and 9.  

REGISTER FOR APRIL 5th WORKSHOP BY CLICKING HERE


APRIL 16, 2019 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LOG CABIN BANQUET & MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE, MASS

POWERED BY PECHA KUCHA NIGHT (2nd annual, as it was so great last year) So much of what we have to say can be boiled down to its essence, and also since a picture says a thousand words, you have "PECHA KUCHA" (Japanese for chit-chat). We will have 9 business owners each give a talk that is built from 20 images, each showing for 20 seconds, so after 6 minutes and 40 seconds, you've heard it all. As we did last year, we will have the ultra-talented PechaKuchaCoach Andrew Watt assisting the presenters with all it takes to make your presentation a winner!!

presenters and topics include:

  • Kalpana Devi, Rebelle
  • Julia Mines, Leadership & Communication Coach
  • Timothy Ballard, Threshold Building
  • Joe Laur, Maple Mama Craft Sparkling Beverages
  • Cecile Lackie, Speaker Sisterhood
  • Susan Bellows, Empowering Women in Middle Management to Succeed
  • Karen Blanchard, InvisiBlast
  • Laura Penny Edwards, Safe Passage
  • Ken Danforth, Northstar: Self-Directed Learning for Teens

see more at http://www.fambizpv.com/calendar/pechakuchanight2019

REGISTER FOR APRIL 16th BY CLICKING HERE


MAY 31, 2019 •FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

HOLYOKE PUBLIC LIBRARY, HOLYOKE, MASS

THE EMOTIONAL (and practical) SIDE OF BUSINESS TRANSITIONS Being laser-focused and a fast decision maker are traits shared by many good business leaders. When going through a major transition, however, these strengths can become problematic. In this interactive workshop, JIM YOUNG (aka The Centered Coach), will share keys to success he's discovered from major transitions throughout 20+ years in business. And since business is just one slice of the lives that we're constantly balancing, he'll also open up the portal into how major transitions are felt in our personal lives. 
You'll walk away with improved tools for change management and more confidence in how to lead your organization (and yourself) through the next big transition. Come ready to share - offering your insights will help this session come alive for you!

REGISTER FOR MAY 31st WORKSHOP BY CLICKING HERE


JUNE 18, 2019 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LOG CABIN BANQUET & MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE, MASS

GET BETTER AT CONFLICT RESOLUTION, USING THE DANIEL GOLEMAN EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE FRAMEWORK

As in the Einstein quote "it's difficult to solve your problems with the same thinking we used to create them," it's also unlikely that you'll resolve your people problems by being a problem person. Tonight's presenter is Amy Gallo, author of the Harvard Business Review Guide to Dealing With Conflict (each company that attends gets a copy). You will learn to avoid many pitfalls, whether you're a conflict avoider, or a conflict seeker; how to counter an "amygdala hijack" even if you don't know what an amygdala is; and have more fun and effectiveness, while dealing with difficult conversations, difficult co-workers, and even, maybe, a difficult you.

REGISTER FOR June 18th BY CLICKING HERE


SEPTEMBER 18, 2019 •WEDNESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LOG CABIN BANQUET AND MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE MASS

REBEL TALENT: WHY IT PAYS TO BREAK THE RULES AT WORK AND IN LIFE Do you want to follow a script -- or write your own story? Award-winning Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino shows us why the most successful among us break the rules, and how rebellion brings joy and meaning into our lives. Rebels have a bad reputation. We think of them as troublemakers, outcasts, contrarians: those colleagues, friends, and family members who complicate seemingly straightforward decisions, create chaos, and disagree when everyone else is in agreement. But in truth, rebels are also those among us who change the world for the better with their unconventional outlooks. Instead of clinging to what is safe and familiar, and falling back on routines and tradition, rebels defy the status quo. They are masters of innovation and reinvention, and they have a lot to teach us. Francesca Gino, a behavioral scientist and professor at Harvard Business School, has spent more than a decade studying rebels at organizations around the world, from high-end boutiques in Italy's fashion capital, to the World's Best Restaurant, to a thriving fast food chain, to an award-winning computer animation studio. In her work, she has identified leaders and employees who exemplify "rebel talent," and whose examples we can all learn to embrace.

FRANCESCA GINO is a professor of business administration in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School; and formally affiliated with the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, with the Mind, Brain, Behavior Initiative at Harvard, and with the Behavioral Insight Group at Harvard Kennedy School. She teaches Decision Making and Negotiation in the MBA elective curriculum and in Executive Education programs at the School; with a research focus on judgment and decision-making, negotiation, ethics, motivation, productivity, and creativity. Her studies have been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, Newsweek, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and The Wall Street Journal, and her work has been discussed on National Public Radio and CBS Radio. She has won numerous awards for teaching, including the HBS Faculty Award by Harvard Business School's MBA Class of 2015, and for her research, including the 2013 Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award, from the Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division. In 2015, Francesca was chosen by Poets & Quants to be among their "40 under 40", a listing of the world's best business school professors under the age of 40. Attendees will receive a copy of Dr. Gino's latest book, with the same title as this presentation.

also: a pre-dinner presentation by ROSS GIOMBETTI, of GIOMBETTI ASSOCIATES, a Strategic Partner of the FBCPV


OCTOBER 4, 2019 •FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM MORNING WORKSHOP

LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED

HOW TO SCALE AND LEVERAGE YOUR BRAND, AS A WAY TO BUILD VALUE IN YOUR BUSINESS a workshop led by MEGHAN LYNCH, CEO of Six-Point Creative, an award winning marketing and branding agency, based in Springfield, but with a much wider reach. Plus, they know what good is, because they are long time members of the FBC!

REGISTER FOR OCTOBER 4th WORKSHOP BY CLICKING HERE


OCTOBER 23, 2019 •WEDNESDAY, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

LOG CABIN BANQUET AND MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE MASS

CELEBRATION OF 25th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FAMILY BUSINESS CENTER

Here's just a few of what will happen at this event:

  • speeches will be short, but meaningful and fascinating
  • there will be an actual passing of a baton or torch, exact model tbd
  • magic music from ReBelle, among the best reggae bands this side of Senegal or Jamaica; featuring a Western Mass family business, all fabulous, including spouses Kalpana Devi and Emmanuel Manou, their son, and their daughter Naia Kete, who made it pretty far on Team Blake, on the Voice!
  • dance lessons to accompany ReBelle, taught by Western Mass dance extraordinaire, Anastasia Veremeyenko Christie. Learn bachata and other dances that pairs well with reggae
  • lots of outstanding food, conversations, inspiration and celebration!!

If you have been a friend, supporter, partner, member of the FBCPV at any point since our founding 25 years ago, please tell us you're coming!

REGISTER FOR OCT 23rd BY CLICKING HERE!


NOVEMBER 22, 2019 •FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED

MANAGE STRESS BETTER by developing your EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE COMPENTENCIES

This interactive workshop will be presented by Jessi Kirley, of the FBC, and also a 2019 graduate of the Daniel Goleman Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification program. Get a hands-on understanding of what Emotional Intelligence is, how you can unwind your nervous system by developing self-awareness, and better manage your stress through regulating your emotional responses. As with all our morning discussion groups, you will come away with a sense of how business owners from various industries will benefit from developing these skills. There is evidence to support that what differentiates high performing leaders from the rest of pack are strengths in these EI competencies. NOTE: please wear comfortable clothing to participate in a relaxation / guided meditation activity.

REGISTER FOR NOV 22nd WORKSHOP BY CLICKING HERE


DECEMBER 10, 2019 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LOG CABIN BANQUET AND MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE MASS

LEARN HOW TO INTERPRET AND DECODE HUMAN BEHAVIOR FROM A WORLD-LEADING BODY LANGUAGE EXPERT It’s estimated that as much as 80% of our interaction with others is through non-verbal communication, or body language. And the vast majority of the nonverbal cues we display are driven by our subconscious mind – they are important indications of how we are feeling and what we’re thinking. Tonight’s presenter, JOE NAVARRO, has been studying non-verbal behavior for the past 45 years. Twenty-five of these were spent in the FBI catching spies. Today Joe is an internationally recognized expert, consultant, author, and gifted lecturer, in the interpretation of non-verbal behavior. You will learn more about this, also enjoying that he is entertaining, authoritative, insightful, in showing you how to recognize and decipher non-verbal communications. These skills, which can be immediately applied, will enhance your interpersonal communications, increase your confidence, engender greater trust, as well as elevate your understanding of this universal language. Joe’s clients have included medical associations, insurance groups, and law firms, as well as some of the largest financial institutions in the U.S. and abroad. He also has spoken annually at Harvard Business School for the past eight years. Discover why Fortune 500 companies and the intelligence community have him on speed dial.

JOE NAVARRO was personally approached to join the FBI while he was working as a police officer at the tender age of 23. He accepted their offer and became one of the youngest agents ever to join the renowned investigative agency. He spent the next 25 years at the FBI, working both as an agent and supervisor in the areas of counterintelligence and counterterrorism. Through his work he was able to study, refine and apply the science of non-verbal communications. His acumen in this field and his success as a spy-catcher, led Joe to begin training FBI agents and the intelligence community. Retiring from the FBI in 2003, and meeting overwhelming demand for his notable insights into human behavior, Joe has dedicated himself to speaking and consulting with major corporations worldwide. Today Joe is recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on reading non-verbal communications and he is regularly interviewed on programs such as NBC’s Today Show, Fox News, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’ Early Show, BBC News, and for publications such as The Washington Post, South China Morning Post and Psychology Today. Described by his audiences as “dynamic,” “superb,” and “captivating,” Joe has lectured throughout the United States, South America, Europe and Asia, teaching the skills of reading non-verbal behavior, as well as perception management. A gifted educator and speaker, Joe utilizes his FBI experiences to guarantee his lectures are not only fascinating, but also singularly unique. Personally sought out by CEOs of a number of major global organizations, Joe provides the same personalized hands-on attention, which made him famous at the FBI and at Harvard Business School where he has lectured annually for the past six years. Joe has authored and co-authored several books, including: What Every Body is SayingLouder Than Words,  Advanced Interviewing Techniques (currently used by the FBI’s counterterrorism division), and Hunting Terrorists: A Look at the Psychopathology of Terror.

also: a pre-dinner presentation by CHARLIE EPSTEIN, of EPSTEIN FINANCIAL SERVICES, a Strategic Partner of the FBCPV


APRIL 24, 2020 •FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM MORNING WORKSHOP

LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED

IN BUSINESS AND IN LOVE: CREATING THE LOVE YOU LONG FOR WITHOUT SACRIFICING YOUR BUSINESS GOALS

This workshop, led by relationship coach, JOLI HAMILTON, will help you create the relationship you really want. You will leave with actionable steps for addressing common arguments and a clear idea of how to transform lackluster habits into a passionate connection. Discover the path to joyful, loving relationship without sacrificing your business goals or compromising the drive that makes you the successful entrepreneur you are.


Archive of past Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley dinner forums

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