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Women in Family Business

March 5-8, 2015

For the past 18 years, women have come together for the Annual Women in Family Business Program to learn about how to engage constructively as members of a family business. Whether you are a family member, an owner, an employee or participate in all of these roles, this is an opportunity to explore the “perils and pleasures” of family businesses life with others who are in the same situation.

In this year’s program, we focus on the intellectual assets of the family business. The real transition of power comes with the transfer of knowledge. This is a challenge for the elder generation who must harvest and share their knowledge. It is also a challenge for the “rising” generation who must figure out how to learn what they need to learn in an environment that may not necessarily be organized to teach.

topics that will be address in this years program:

  • One of the greatest obstacles to transitions in the family business is the lack of confidence that the older generation has in the younger generation: How can they know enough to take care of this business? They didn’t build it!
  • Yet today, there are many different kinds of opportunities to connect with the family business: as a family member, an owner, an employee or a leader.
  • Meanwhile, women often feel they don’t know what they need to know to have an active role in the family business in these roles.
  • Each role requires different knowledge and competence.
  • How do you learn what you need to in order to fulfill each role successfully? How do you create a learning environment that supports the transition of knowledge across generations? How do you fold in the perspectives and experience of the “rising generation” which may be critical to the future of the business?

“Each time I have attended this program I have learned something that I really needed to know. The learning comes not only from Leslie’s expertise, but the wisdom and experience of the other participants. I leave the program feeling better equipped to help the family and business and personally renewed”

-Previous Participant

Agenda for the program:

Thursday, March 5, 2015
4:00 Arrive at Miraval and Register
5:00 Program begins with keynote presentation
7:00 Program dinner and opportunity to get to know each other


Friday, March 6, 2015
9:00 What is it we need to know?
11:50 Break for lunch and resort activities
3:10 Harvesting the knowledge
6:30 Group dinner


Saturday, March 7, 2015
9:00 Building a learning environment
11:50 Break for lunch and resort activities
3:10 Transferring knowledge
6:30 Group dinner


Sunday, March 8, 2015
9:00 Action planning and overcoming obstacles
Closing ceremonies
11:30 Closing Lunch

To reserve your space at Miraval, please call 800.232.3969. Be sure to mention that you are registering for "Women in Family Business" (booking ID #2417).

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