Family Business Center

Celebrating 25 Years

Balancing Relationships and Business Needs

Family Business Breakfast Series

Friday, April 7, 2017

Figuring out how to maintain strong family relationships and a strong business can be a tremendous challenge for business families, and an important one. While some family members work tirelessly to help their business succeed, others may be there simply because of their ‘last name’ and serve as impediments to their business. Learn how your family can excel at this balancing act from Northeastern University’s Dr. Kimberly Eddleston. She will share how you can successfully manage relationships, make and communicate tough decisions, and maintain close family relationships.

Eddleston’s interactive presentation will center on the “Fredo Effect,” based on the flawed middle brother from “The Godfather” movies who became an impediment to the Corleone family business. She will also share stories from her own family businesses as well as those of others that she has worked with over the years. In this presentation, families will learn how their relationships can create a “Fredo,” how to identify one in the business, and the steps to mitigate or avoid the “Fredo Effect.”

First-time attendees are invited to join us for breakfast as our guest to see if it meets the needs of your family. Regular registration is $125 per family or sign on for the whole season (seven breakfasts) for $725.

Event Details:
Friday, April 7, 2016, 7:30 a.m.

University of St. Thomas
Opus College of Business
1000 LaSalle Ave
Opus Hall
Room 201/202
Minneapolis, MN 55403


A note to family business advisers: The breakfast series is restricted to members of family businesses.