Attend a dinner forum of the Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley
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.
see link to register for each event, below its listing
FBC dinner forums ~ included with all membership types. If registering as a guest of a member or strategic partner, can attend for no-charge. If registering as an interested community member, please pay $80 (includes dinner & event). If you join as a member within 3 months, the $80 is deducted from membership cost.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2019 •WEDNESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
LOG CABIN BANQUET AND MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE MASS
THREE TOPICS YOU'LL BE GLAD TO KNOW MORE ABOUT
HOW TO NOT GO OFF-TRACK WITH ON-BOARDING so you can stay on top of this incredible but totally believable stat: 62% of your new hires have decided in their first month if they're going to stick around; 33% made up their minds in their first week. So there's no "honeymoon." Here's how to get it right, right away. Presented by ROSS GIOMBETTI of Giombetti Associates.
CYBER SECURITY IS MORE THAN VIRUS PROTECTION SOFTWARE! Today's criminals are using more sophisticated attacks, and the stakes have never been higher. This information will keep you out of trouble and help you stay ahead of the new government regulations. Hear how the California Consumer Privacy Act and the General Data Protection Regulation affects Western Mass businesses and creates legal obligations for you and your company. Presented by LAUREN OSTBERG, an attorney at Bulkley Richardson and Gelinas where she is a key member of the firm’s cybersecurity practice group that advises businesses, professionals and individuals on data protection and privacy laws. This work includes assisting organizations in formulating or revising data protection and privacy policies to comply with state, federal, and industry-specific regulations, as well as coordinating and drafting responses in the event of a breach.
YOUR EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK: IS IT A TICKING TIME BOMB? This session will alert you to traps for the unwary, regarding the complex topic of employee handbooks including: How what you don’t know can hurt you, Why not having a handbook isn’t the answer; Update on policies you must have; Best handbook practices. Presented by TIM MURPHY, a partner at Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. where he has practiced labor and employment law for the last 18 years. A graduate of local schools, Tim’s practice is focused on partnering with employers to help them navigate the increasingly complicated world of labor and employment laws so that they can make the most informed decisions for their businesses. Tim is very active in his community. He sits on boards of directors for a number of area organizations such as the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce and Community Legal Aid. He also is a member of the Finance Committee in Wilbraham where he lives. Tim has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2013. In 2015 and 2018, he was honored as the Lawyer of the Year in Springfield for Litigation – Labor and Employment by Best Lawyers in America.
SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 •FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM MORNING WORKSHOP
POSTPONED TO SPRING 2020 - STAY TUNED
SOUTH HADLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY (2 Canal Street, S Hadley)
The building blocks of corporate culture: HOW TO BUILD A GREAT WORKPLACE A crossover / followup to highly rated presentations by both LIZ SOLOMON and JIM YOUNG; they collaborate here to present something both practical and visionary. Among Liz' work talents is her longtime role as researcher and writer for Great Place to Work US, and is a Certified Daniel Goleman Emotional Intelligence Coach. Jim has had several leadership roles in private business, and coaches leadership teams in transition, as well as (you men will love this!) helps you find the Gentle Man in you.
LOCATION: HAPPIER VALLEY THEATER, HADLEY, MASS
According to Forbes Magazine, "Improv’s low-stakes training increases the likelihood that team members will feel comfortable communicating in a variety of work situations. 'Yes, and' is the key." Substantial communication is much more than something we only do with our ears. It engages our our eyes, mind, heart, and gut. "Communication & Collaboration THROUGH LAUGHTER" focuses on the all-important skills of paying attention acutely, listening without judgment to what is actually being said (as opposed to what we want to hear) as well as hearing what isn't being said. We'll also strengthen the muscles used to apply these deep listening skills to collaborative work in which creativity runs free as we seek to best serve the needs of the moment in order to move forward together - true collaboration and "Yes, and..." team spirit! And we do it all with active, easy-to-learn improv-training exercises that deliver powerful results in a really fun way. All exercises are completed in a circle or pairs; participants are never "on stage." This workshop is designed so everyone along the introvert-extrovert spectrum feels comfortable and successful...with lots of laughter along the way. Communication issues may be preventing your team from achieving their greatest potential. Are you ready to learn new tools and vocabulary for meaningful communication and more productive collaboration at work? The first step is saying, "Yes, and...".
About Your Facilitator: Pam Victor is the founder and president - or, as they call it, the Head of Happiness - of Happier Valley Comedy where she runs the THROUGH LAUGHTER professional development program and a full-curriculum comedy training program as well as producing regular shows at the first and only comedy theater in Western Massachusetts. Pam is arecipient of the 2019 NEPR Arts & Humanities Award. She also is the author of “Baj and the Word Launcher: A Space-Aged Asperger Adventure in Communication” and, along with legendary improvisers TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi, co-author of “Improvisation at the Speed of Life: The TJ & Dave Book.” A graduate of Smith College with a Master’s in Education from Iona College, Pam has received improv training from iO Theater (Chicago), Annoyance Theatre (Chicago), ImprovBoston, and from Second City teachers. Pam is a nice person. She likes you already.
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!
NOVEMBER 22, 2019 •FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
SOUTH HADLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
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!
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 Saying, Louder 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.