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Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley

Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley

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Contact Jessi Kirley at the Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley, Inc., at (413) 320 8744 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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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.

MARCH 20, 2020 •FRIDAY, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM MORNING WORKSHOP

LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED

BUILDING A GREAT PLACE TO WORK: WHERE TO FOCUS YOUR TIME, ENERGY AND EFFORT

Every organization has a culture. But what happens when you're intentional in how you build that culture? What happens when you consciously and methodically create the conditions for employees to be their most engaged and committed selves? 

In this short two and half hour workshop, we will explore the basic foundation of what makes a great place to work. Take a look at what some of the best companies are doing to solidify their culture, increase engagement, and improve their employer brand. No matter where your organization is on its own cultural journey, this workshop will leave you with new insights and tools you can implement moving forward.

Presented by ELIZABETH SOLOMON, with 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.

MARCH 24, 2020 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LOG CABIN BANQUET AND MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE MASS

THE WORK OF LEADERS: VISION, ALIGNMENT, AND EXECUTION

Presented by INGRID BREDENBERG, Strategic Leadership Coach, who facilitated the leadership transition from Ira to Jessi; is talented at DISC profiles, World Cafe events, helping people develop themselves; and is the record holder for most presentations to the FBC over our quarter century.

APRIL 7, 2020 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LOG CABIN BANQUET AND MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE MASS

LESSONS FROM FAILURE: PRESENTED THROUGH PECHA KUCHA

Henry Ford said "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently." Of course, nobody thinks that at the time, only when the lesson is learned, later on, often in the form of a story. Tonight we hear from several brave souls, who want to share what they've learned from failing.Their stories will each be 400 seconds long, with 20 slides, self advancing every 20 seconds.

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.

MAY 12, 2020 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LOG CABIN BANQUET AND MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE MASS

SPECIAL PUBLIC PROGRAM for all (not only FBC members and partners)

GARY HIRSHBERG, FOUNDER (still CEO) OF STONYFIELD ORGANIC YOGURT, TELLS ALL about facing the continual challenges that any business entails. Hear how this Hampshire College grad started Stonyfield Organic (first headquartered in Greenfield, Mass!), and discovered the mindset that allowed him to overcome continuing existential threats with what has been described as his "militant" business practices. Gary, a New Hampshire native who now lives part of the year in France, has received several honorary doctorates and awards for corporate and environmental leadership. He serves on several corporate and non-profit boards including Simon Equity Partners (Private Equity Firm with holdings in numerous organic product ventures), Honest Tea, Sambazon, Peak Organic Brewing Company, Climate Counts (founder), Renewal Funds (adviser), Applegate Farms, the Rural Education Center (Trustee), GridSolar, The Full Yield, SweetGreen, Glenisk, Solera Capital, RAMP Sports, Climate Counts, Stonyfield Europe and the Danone Communities Fund.He is also the chairman and co-founder of O’Naturals, a chain of natural fast food restaurants. s Chairman of the board of directors at Stonyfield.

You will be amazed at how many times this business icon has been knocked down, and gotten back up to survive and even triumph.

Gary will also announce the launch of Hirshberg Entrepreneurship Institute at Hampshire College June 4 & 5, with special FBC member pricing!

The cost to attend this event is $95 per person, with a special FBC member and sponsor price of $50 per person.

JUNE 9, 2020 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LOG CABIN BANQUET AND MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE MASS

MIGHT THE WORKER COOP OR ESOP MODEL SOLVE YOUR SUCCESSION PROBLEM? You may be surprised how many of the boxes your current employees check off, qualifying as a good next generation of owner/management. Much is misunderstood about this method, but there are (of course!) experts and people with wisdom from experience. Come hear!

SEPTEMBER, 15, 2020 •5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LOG CABIN BANQUET AND MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE MASS

NAVIGATING CHALLENGING TRANSITIONS: INCLUSIVE APPROACHES TO MANAGING CHANGE Tonight’s session will be highly interactive and explore the challenges of change. After viewing some theatrical dramatizations of both positive and negative examples of difficult transitions, you and others will be able to suggest changes to those episodes, in order to identify and clarify successful and failing strategies to managing change, after seeing what seems to work, at least on stage. The scenes will tap into our common experiences, situations and themes, helping us consider how change can best happen. One area of change we will include is the need to make our own (FBC’s) learning environment more diverse and inclusive. We will learn of models and frameworks that illuminate and interpret our thoughts and feelings, so we can more successfully have those “uncomfortable conversations”

Presented by WILL C and TIM VAN NESS of VAN NESS & COMPANY. Will is a skilled facilitator of individual, community and leadership development. He grew up on the streets of Boston under intensely challenging socio‐economic circumstances, and worked and “willed” his way into a superior situation. He is now an educator for multiple institutions of higher education including being an adjunct professor at Brandeis University. He holds an M.Ed from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and a BA in Theater Arts from Brandeis. He is also a performer, and trainer of Playback Theatre, and has led programs in the US, Canada, Germany, Brazil and Australia. Will is currently using Playback Theatre as a tool for civic engagement, dialogue, and bringing the Cambridge, MA community of Cambridgeport together through the sharing and enactment of personal story. Tim is an expert in the use of theatre, storytelling and action methods for organizational change and leadership development. He has designed and delivered distinctive programs for clients across diverse industries including consumer products, financial services, health care, higher education, manufacturing, energy and technology. Tim is a 30-year veteran of Playback Theatre, an original form of improvisational theatre based on the enactment of personal story, and also coaches and consults with business leaders around the world in the art of leadership presence. Tim was also instrumental in the troupe that co-created (with Ira Bryck and others) the interactive shows The Perils of Pauline’s Family Business, and Wait ‘Til Your Father Gets Home. Tim also played Bud Rosenbloom in Ira's autobiographical play A Tough Nut To Crack.

OCTOBER, 2020 (exact date tba) •5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LOG CABIN BANQUET AND MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE MASS

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AT WORK

presented by MICHELE NEVAREZ, CEO of GOLEMAN EI

DECEMBER 1, 2020 •TUESDAY 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

LOG CABIN BANQUET AND MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE MASS

W.S. Badger Company: A Legacy of Doing Good

Rebecca Hamilton, second-generation family owner of the Badger Company, will share her unique family story and how that led to the creation of Badger, a leading brand of natural mineral sunscreens and a world-renowned manufacturer of organic body care products. Storytelling is an important aspect of the Badger ethos, as is the desire to walk a path of kindness through each choice that they make. Rebecca will tell Badger’s founding story and its journey to become a B Corp, and Q&A will follow.

Archive of past Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley dinner forums

TRY IT- YOU'LL LIKE IT !! Come as the guest of a member company or strategic partner
For more information, or to register, contact Jessi Kirley or Jesuann Ortiz

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