FFI announces the program of its annual Global Conference in October 2020

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This year’s conference, 2020 Vision: Blind Spots and Bright Spots in the Field of Family Enterprise, will feature nearly 80 presenters on topics related to law, finance, behavioral science and management.

This annual event brings together more than 300 of the world’s top consultants, advisors, researchers and academics in the field of family enterprise to address the key issues facing families in business and families of wealth.

The Family Firm Institute, Inc. is pleased to announce its 2020 Global Conference in New York City, NY from October 28-30, 2020. This annual event brings together more than 300 of the world’s top consultants, advisors, researchers and academics in the field of family enterprise to address the key issues facing families in business and families of wealth. This year’s conference, 2020 Vision: Blind Spots and Bright Spots in the Field of Family Enterprise, will feature nearly 80 presenters on topics related to law, finance, behavioral science and management. Highlights from this three-day event are listed below. Registration is open and more information on the complete program can be found at https://www.ffi.org/conference/.    

2020 Vision: Blind Spots and Bright Spots in the Field of Family Enterprise
October 28-30, 2020
Marriott Marquis Times Square, New York, NY

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Opening Keynote: Jessica Genick, Tony-nominated producer and family business member

Jessica Genick is a Tony-nominated producer of 10 Broadway shows including the current production, Come From Away. Daughter of the famed and prolific producer, Jerry Frankel, Jessica grew up in the business of theater. In addition to producing, Jessica creates and leads "Business of Broadway" workshops and specific curriculum for students of all ages and for private groups. Prior to her career as a producer, Jessica was a professional actor and received her BFA in Musical Theater from Syracuse University. Jessica then studied Drama Therapy at The New School and received her Master's Degree in Drama Therapy from NYU. Jessica is also a Leadership Coach at Fordham University.

Thursday, October 29, 2020
Session highlights include:

  • Blind Spot: Family office and investment governance
  • Unraveling the Hidden Threads of Family Conflict
  • STEP 2020 Global Family Business Report Release: Main findings and live practical implications    
  • 20/20 Vision in Family Philanthropy
  • Optimizing Resiliency in Family Businesses    
  • Helping Family Businesses: The family capital approach
  • Academic Awards & GEN Certificate Presentation

Friday, October 30, 2020
Session highlights include:

  • Ethical Dilemmas of Family Business Members and their Advisors
  • Using a Family Business Simulation for Academia and Advising
  • Bowen: From Theory to Practice    
  • Zooming in on Opportunity: Seeing the formula for next generation engagement in family offices and wealth enterprises
  • Financial Independence From the Family Enterprise: A Critical Factor for Effective Ownership and Management Succession    
  • What really works? Tapping the wisdom of 100-Year Global Family Enterprises
  • Family Business Review & FFI Achievement Awards Presentation

Closing Keynote Niki Russ Federman, 4th Generation Co-Owner of Russ & Daughters
Niki Russ Federman was pretty much born in a herring barrel, with a sharp knife in her hand and a penchant for caviar. Educated at Amherst College, Niki worked in a variety of professions — from the art world to international development — before realizing that her appetite was fulfilled by continuing her family’s 106-year-old culinary legacy at Russ & Daughters. Russ & Daughters is a New York culinary and cultural icon, known for the highest quality appetizing foods: smoked fish, caviar, bagels, bialys, babka, and other traditional baked goods.

The home of bagels and lox since 1914, Russ & Daughters has been continuously owned and operated by four generations of the Russ family. Today, along with her cousin Josh Russ Tupper, she is the 4th generation to own and run Russ & Daughters, Russ & Daughters Cafe, Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum, and Russ & Daughters at the Brooklyn. Niki appears frequently in a variety of media, including The New York Times, NPR, Food Network, The New Yorker, Martha Stewart, Travel Channel, and Vogue.

She is also one of the subjects of The Sturgeon Queens, a PBS documentary about Russ & Daughters. Niki is a board member of the Lower East Side Partnership and Chair of the Friends of the Educational Alliance. She is fluent in several languages, but alas, Yiddish is not one of them. Niki was named one of Crain’s New York Business’ “40 Under 40” and Eater’s "New Guard of Power in NYC Dining.”

For a complete list of concurrent sessions and to register to attend, please visit https://www.ffi.org/conference/.

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