Family Directors Essentials

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The program includes two full-day modules on September 22 & 29, 2023 that run from 9 AM to 4 PM CT, and a Check-in session on Friday, October 20th, from 9 AM - 11 AM CT.

Registrants will have online access to the main stage recordings and valuable supporting materials if unable to attend all the sessions live.


September 22, 2023 | 9 AM to 4 PM CT

Keynote Conversation with Vesla Hoeschen, Board Chairperson & G4 Family Member of Bemis Manufacturing Company210224hoeschen_006

We are pleased to announce that Vesla Hoeschen will kick-off our program by sharing her journey as a fourth-generation family leader of Bemis Manufacturing Company, a global injection-molder headquartered in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.

 Velsa held a number of roles during her 30-year career with Bemis including founding and leading the family council then serving as a family director on the board. In 2021, she was elected as board chairperson and is the first female chair in the company's 122-year history. We look forward to learning from Vesla on how Bemis achieves effective governance while harnessing the value of their family.

Module 1: Best Practices of High-Performing Boards

We’ll kick off our session getting to know each other and launch a discussion with a family business that has invested in effective governance to hear their successes, challenges and lessons learned. From there, we’ll discuss the best practices of high-performing family business boards and how they function in the family business environment.

Module 2: You as a Family Director

Many family directors can find it challenging to understand how they can best contribute at the board level. This session will focus on the unique role that family directors play in the board room. Through a confidential self-assessment, participants will identify their current strengths and learn how directors build new competencies over time.

September 29, 2023 | 9 AM to 4 PM CT

Module 3: Growing Your Impact

We’ll continue last week’s discussion with additional focus on competency development and how to prioritize your learning based on the unique needs of your family business. From there, we’ll dive into discussions about the real-world challenges and opportunities the participants see in their board rooms and help participants develop insights on how to lead from their board seat.

Module 4: Unique Tensions and Opportunities of Family Boards

Our final session will address some of the most challenging and powerful ways that family directors contribute to the company’s success & continuity with discussions of common family board room dynamics. We’ll wrap up with group learnings and time to address lingering questions and topics of benefit to the group.

October 20, 2023 | 9 AM to 11 AM CT

Check-in Session

Faculty will be available to answer any additional questions. 


Join us to support your growth, development and success as a family director!