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Call Ira Bryck, center director at (413) 545-4545 to get more information, discuss your situation, and commit to an evening that will expand your thinking (and your waistline)!


SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 •TUESDAY, 5:00-8:30 PM

THE LOG CABIN BANQUET AND MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE, MASS

MOST PEOPLE WHO NEED A TURNAROUND SPECIALIST DON'T REALIZE IT TILL IT'S TOO LATE As a stereotype, entrepreneurial types are optimistic, big picture people. They prefer to not wallow in financials, and live in hope more than despair, except maybe at 3 am, every so often. And the business was built, piece by piece, from the ground up, more concerned with getting the order out than cash flow; and making this week's payroll than building sustainability for ten years hence. Enter DAVID AND JEFF SANDS (father and son), who claim they can walk into a company, close their eyes, and hear whether your business is humming along or clunking towards a terrible breakdown. By the time they are called in, it's often almost too late: the business is in the "zone of insolvency." They wish they''d been summoned earlier, when they could help that company restructure and live another hundred years. Tonight's talk will summon them to tell you what you need to do, to turn around when it's not a hairpin turn near a steep cliff. They have war stories galore, answers to your questions, methods to assess where you're at, other methods to get you to where you need to be. They are charming, but truth tellers. They've been there, and will help you not end up there. If you think you and your company could not benefit mightily from what they want to tell you, good luck!

Hear David Sands interviewed by Ira Bryck at http://www.umass.edu/fambiz/Podcasts/DaveSandsDorsetPartners.mp3

RELEVANT AND TIMELY INFORMATION FROM JIM BZDYRA OF FIRST NIAGARA BANK, A STRATEGIC PARTNER OF THE UMASS FAMILY BUSINESS CENTER exact subject to be revealed later- stay tuned!

EVEN MORE RELEVANT AND TIMELY INFORMATION FROM ROSS AND RICK GIOMBETTI OF GIOMBETTI ASSOCIATES, A STRATEGIC PARTNER OF THE UMASS FAMILY BUSINESS CENTER exact subject to be revealed later- stay tuned!


OCTOBER 14, 2014 •TUESDAY, 5:00-8:30 PM

THE LOG CABIN BANQUET AND MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE, MASS

JOIN US TO CELEBRATE THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UMASS FAMILY BUSINESS CENTER The math is hard to deny: 2014- 1994= 20!! Come to an excellent party filled with so many interesting and enjoyable local movers and shakers, plus wonderful food and drink, plus the speeches will be relatively short and sweet!

And we're so proud to have an excellent keynote speaker, whose story will amaze and inspire you: DEWEY BOZELLA, who spent 26 years in prison for a murder he did not commit! Four times he was offered parole if he would confess, but he would not. While in prison, he earned his high school equivalency, his bachelors degree, and became the light heavyweight boxing champ of Sing Sing Prison. After his release, with the Innocence Project proving that he was framed and that evidence was supressed, his wish came true, where he fought and won a professional boxing match. He now works with teenagers, teaching them boxing and warning them about the dangers of joining gangs. You will be moved by what Dewey has to say about never giving up hope, or letting go of your dream. Rick and Ross Giombetti say "We refer to Dewey Bozella in all our leadership seminars, as the epitome of resilience and inner strength. We're totally excited to have him at the UMFBC anniversary celebration." Can't wait? See more here: http://tinyurl.com/6jjm6u3


NOVEMBER 4, 2014 •TUESDAY, 4:00-6:30 PM

DELANEY HOUSE, HOLYOKE, MASS

Come join us for cocktails, appetizers, and 2 excellent presentations (free for FBC members and partners; and $30 per person, for owners and key managers of Western Mass companies)

HOW CAN THE SENIOR AND JUNIOR GENERATIONS IN A FAMILY BUSINESS BEST DISCUSS THE PATH TO LEADERSHIP? Hear from a panel of next generation leaders about how it went for them, in helping their parents realize it was time for transition, that significant structural changes might accompany the new leadership, that there could be a meaningful role for the retiring leadership, how the discussion became real and specific.

HOW CAN THE SENIOR AND JUNIOR GENERATIONS IN A FAMILY BUSINESS BEST DISCUSS "HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?" FOR THE SENIOR GENERATION TO FEEL SECURE IN THEIR RETIREMENT? Presented by Charlie Epstein of Epstein Financial Services, who has helped many multi-generational family businesses through the financial and emotionl complexities of the plan and planning.


DECEMBER 9, 2014 •TUESDAY, 5:00-8:30 PM

THE LOG CABIN BANQUET AND MEETING HOUSE, HOLYOKE, MASS

HALF A DOZEN INSPIRING LOCAL HEROES INTERVIEWED ON OUR OWN "TONIGHT SHOW, LIVE" There are heroes everywhere, and in all walks of life. Tonight, see 6 of them interviewed, each for 15 minutes, each by an admirer of theirs, who also happens to be from each of our 6 strategic partners. Hear how they triumphed over adversity; listened to their still, small voice; found their own magic sauce; are great at finding that sauce in others; or simply smashed up a giant meteor, headed to Earth.

RELEVANT AND TIMELY INFORMATION FROM KRISTINE HOUGHTON OF MEYERS BROTHERS KALICKA, PC, A STRATEGIC PARTNER OF THE UMASS FAMILY BUSINESS CENTER exact subject to be revealed later- stay tuned!


MARCH 10, 2015 •TUESDAY, 5:00-8:30 PM

LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED

WHEN IZZY GESELL DID 20 MINUTES IN DECEMBER 2013, THE REACTION WAS SWIFT AND STRONG: "YES, AND GET HIM BACK FOR 90 MORE MINUTES"

The same skills that make Improv Theater performers successful can make us
all successful, at work, in sales, and in life...and they are easily available for us to use.

We are so pleased to have a return engagement by IZZY GESELL (who did quite well with us in 1995!). Izzy is an organizational alchemist who helps individuals and organizations move from commonplace to extraordinary. He was one of the first to use Improv Theater concepts as tools for personal and organizational learning. He is the author of Playing Along: Group Learning Activities Borrowed From Improvisation Theater, a co-author of Cancer & The Healing Power of Play, and of Humor Me: America’s Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter, and a contributor of a chapter on Improvisation as a facilitation tool in the IAF Group Facilitators Handbook. His latest project is a deck of cards with improv games on them. Recognized by his peers, he has earned a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association. Less than 15% of NSA’s 4,000 members are CSPs. The International Association of Facilitators (IAF) regularly calls on him to train facilitators in his techniques.


APRIL 28, 2015 •TUESDAY, 5:00-8:30 PM

LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED

HARNESSING THE POWER OF SYSTEMS THINKING IN YOUR COMPANY   There are so many moving parts in your company, so sometimes it’s hard to see the big picture. But then how do you know if those are the right parts, moving in the right way? Through systems thinking and mapping, you can gain the ability to see the interdependence of the parts, identify patterns that repeat over time, uncover beliefs that form resistance to change, and respond to feedback that helps you and your organization learn and revise, and discover where the “leverage points” are that you can use to achieve your highest goals and take effective action. This presentation will include 3 cases from FBC member companies, where our presenter, Joe Laur, helped owner/managers map and comprehend the systems in their companies, so that they (and you) have a greater grasp on the loops, patterns, and leverage points so they could take the necessary actions and achieve their desired results.

Tonight’s presenter is JOE LAUR, a founding partner of SEED Systems, an international consulting firm that works with individuals, teams and organizations through teaching and coaching to transform organizations and create a sustainable world. Joe has worked with Harley-Davidson, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Nike, Waste Management, and many more; focusing on organizational learning, personal effectiveness skills and sustainable development.


SEPT 16, 2015 •WEDNESDAY, 5:00-8:30 PM

LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED

POWER AND AUTHORITY: HOW TO SHARE IT, TRANSFER IT, DELEGATE IT, AND USE IT

There are many ways to use power and authority, aside from the stereotypical command and control autocrat. This session will explore how business owners and managers found their personal style, even if different than their predecessor or mentor; how authority has been distributed throughout an organization, even if the leader is still at the helm; how the upcoming generation is gaining strength, maybe more through evolution than revolution; how the stakeholders in an organization strive for fairness and inclusivity, even if it looks nothing like our vision of democracy. Through panelists, group discussion and an exploration of styles, you might realize what you need to do to to take charge in a healthier way, and instill your organization with what it needs to grow a vibrant crop of powerful participants.

 

Archive of past UMass Amherst Family Business Center dinner forum

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