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. How do you communicate with family via smart phones, Facebook, SnapChat, or texting? Does it work? In this breakfast, you’ll learn about communication across different family relationships, as individuals’ realities are created, impacted, changed, improved, and/or inhibited by technologies.

We find digital media deeply embedded in the lives of families, affecting how we see ourselves and how we behave in our most intimate and longest-lasting relationships. Attendees will learn how to be a better communicator in their family and personal relationships.


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.