Family Business Club Conference 2016

As an annual tradition, the Family Business Conference is our flagship event for the year. The Conference provides the ideal opportunity to discuss the common issues and challenges facing family businesses in a discreet yet inclusive setting, surrounded by our peers as well as industry experts. This year's conference will be held March 4th, 2016.


The Competitive Advantages of Family Businesses


8:30 AM – 9:10 AM Conference Registration and Breakfast 

9:10 AM – 9:30 AM Opening Remarks Prof. Michael Preston, Anna Ho ’16, President, CBS Family Business Club

9:30AM – 10:15 AM Opening Keynote  Adriana Cisneros CC ’02, CEO and Vice Chairman, Cisneros - Fireside chat with Prof. Michael Preston

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Coffee Break

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM  Morning Panel Discussion  “Developing a Competitive Advantage” Jack Mitchell, Nava Michael-Tsabarii, Andy Unanue, Garner Robinson CC ’05, Bruce Benesh; Moderated by Josh Baron, Partner, Banyan Global

11:45PM – 1:15PM Sponsored Lunch Platinum Sponsors: Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH)                     "Family Business Panel" Ward Landrigan, B. Buckley McAllister Esq., Eric M. McAllister; Moderated by Jeffrey B. Meskin Esq., Partner and Head of Private Banking, BBH

1:30 PM – 2:30PM  Afternoon Panel Discussion #1 “Women in Family Businesses” Alicia Cervera, Linda Lightman, Adrienne Penta; Moderated by Prof. Daniel Wolfenzon

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Coffee Break

2:45PM – 3:45PM Afternoon Panel Discussion #2  “The New Generation Leveraging the Family Business to Pursue Other Passions” Brian Pallas ’14, Ana Paula Affonso Villa ’13, David Elmer, Markus Kalina; Moderated by Family Business Club Board Members

4:00 PM – 4:45PM Closing Keynote James Chao ’74, Chairman of the Board, Westlake Chemical Corporation

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Closing Remarks CBS Family Business Club Board Members

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Networking Reception



The Club, which has over 100 members, is an active and growing organization, with really interesting students from a diverse array of industries and nationalities. The Conference is an important event in our calendar and will provide a unique opportunity to hear amazing speakers, engage in interesting panels and to network.  Our second annual conference in February 2015 boasted over 120 attendees, and our keynote speakers were Richard Edelman, President and CEO, Edelman and Andrew C. Taylor, Executive Chairman, Enterprise Holdings.

Food and beverages will be served throughout the day, and we will also host an evening open bar reception!

The Conference is going to be a great event, and we are looking forward to seeing you there!