Family Business Center

Celebrating 25 Years

Family Communication in the Age of Digital & Social Media

Family Business Breakfast Series


Friday, November 3

Digital and social media are affecting and changing nearly every aspect of family interaction. For instance, did you know the average adult attends to their digital devices approximately 150 times a day? And that most of us sleep with our phones and never (ever) turn them off? In fact, the majority of us check our smartphones within seconds of waking up. Without question and no matter our age or stage in life, the majority of us are digitally-saturated and report we “can’t live” without our smartphones. Yet are those devices enhancing and advancing our families and family businesses? Or, on the contrary, is our love affair with our smartphones causing serious disruptions in most aspects of our families, businesses, and lives?

The latest research on the “digital age self” provides some crucial insights, ones that might help you, your family members, and everyone in your business rethink your choices. In this talk, Dr. Carol Bruess will help all of us learn about how to reclaim in-person conversation to enhance our families and family businesses, our empathy, our attention spans, as well as our own and our employees’ our overall well being.



Dr. Carol Bruess, a University of St. Thomas Family Business Center Fellow, is a professor and past director of the university’s Family Studies program. She’s authored multiple books about family and relationships, each grounded in empirical research. All of them, no matter the primary audience, are in some way about creating and sustaining healthy bonds with your spouse, partner, family, and/or friends. She edited the book, Family Communication in the Age of Digital & Social Media, in which our discussion centers around for this breakfast, and has authored books on topics such as interpersonal communication, as well as happy couples, happy parents and happy women.


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 for one breakfast is $200 per family or sign on for the whole season (seven breakfasts) for $1,000.


Event Details:
Friday, November 3, 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 advisors: The breakfast series is restricted to members of family businesses.