Family Business Center

Family Business Center

For Family Businesses - How Spirituality in Your Family Strengthens Your Business

Friday, March 1, 7:30 AM

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When a family business forms, it brings with it the spirituality (core values, beliefs and sense of purpose) of the founding members. Despite being a strength and foundation for ongoing success, spirituality can be one of the last things that families find time to talk about. At the breakfast families will increase their understanding of how to identify spiritual practices that strengthen their family business.

If you have a spiritual leader who plays an important role in your family such as a priest, rabbi or pastor we would be glad to have them join you at this event.

*A note to Family Business Advisors*
The Breakfast Series is restricted to members of family businesses.

Speakers for the event:

Ritch Sorenson, Ph.D., Academic Director, Family Business Center at UST

Ritch Sorenson teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in family business management at the University of St. Thomas. He was an early pioneer in establishing family business education. He continues to develop new courses and a new concentration in family business.

Dr. Sorenson is an associate editor for Family Business Review, the premier journal in family business, and he publishes research in top management journals. In 2008, he led the development of a unique series of conferences at the University of St. Thomas about "family capital" in family business. In addition to his duties at the university, he is an active participant in many professional organizations including the Family Firm Institute, the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the Academy of Management.

Carol Bruess, Ph.D., Director, Family Studies Program at UST

Passionate about the study of family and couple ritual and construction of a family co-culture through language and ritual, Professor Bruess is committed to understanding – and helping others learn and practice – the communication patterns of happy and healthy relationships.

Professor Bruess has presented her work at dozens of national, regional and international conferences, and has published in national and international journals and professional books. Her research is internationally known, as is her commentary about issues of relationships and communication in the popular media. She has been quoted and interviewed in a variety of national media outlets, including PBS, CBS, The Chronicle of Higher Education, American Health and is a regular expert in Cosmopolitan Magazine. Professor Bruess has been a member of the St. Thomas faculty for 13 years.

Tom Hubler, President at Hubler for Business Families, Inc.

In 1980, when Tom Hubler began his career as a family business consultant, he was one of the few professionals addressing family-owned business needs in the United States. Since then, he has played a major role in shaping the family business consultant field, from helping colleges establish family business institutes to working directly as family business consultant for hundreds of clients. 

Today, Hubler continues his long-standing dedication to helping families of wealth and family-owned businesses succeed. He helps families develop a shared vision for the family and for the business, identify individual talents, tackle any unspoken issues and create individual and organizational strategies to ensure a personally and financially rewarding business. As a nationally recognized expert on family business issues, Hubler has made multiple appearances on NBC TV's Today Show. He has also been quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Corporate Report, Nation's Business and Inc. Hubler is an editorial board member of Family Business Review and has authored articles on success strategies for family businesses.

Event Details:
Friday, March 1, 7:30 AM

University of St. Thomas
Opus College of Business
1000 LaSalle Ave
Opus Hall
Room 201
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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