Advanced Learning Events for Members and Guests

The University of Wisconsin Family Business Center's duty is to provide family businesses with an opportunity to address their unique and critical issues, helping the business and the family to succeed in current and future generations. We do this through a variety of events and services, focusing around the specific learning and networking needs of our member companies

Speaker Series

Leading family business experts share insights and information on trends and techniques that can be applied to your business. The curriculum is driven by the needs and desires of members. Past topics include legal, financial, and other planning issues around leadership succession and ownership transfer; family relationships, traditions, and values; power, control and compensation; and roles and responsibilities.

Programs are held at the Fluno Center
Breakfast Buffet is 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. in the Oros dining Room | Speaker Series are 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Auditorium

The Role of the Family Champion
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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The Psychology of Business Owners: Making or Breaking Transition Success
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Note: This is an afternoon Program: Networking 1:30 – 2 pm, Program 2 – 5 pm, Social 5 – 7 pm

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How servant leaders achieve better results, and why it matters now more than ever
Thursday, December 12, 2019

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Leading with Trust: Becoming the Leader Your People Deserve
Thursday, January 30, 2020

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Designing, Implementing and Harnessing an Effective Board for Your Family Enterprise
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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On the Stage and In the Shadow: Navigating the Next Gen Transition
Thursday, May 14, 2020

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Supplemental Programs

SPECIAL EVENT for Family Owned Businesses in Janesville/Rock County
Emergency Succession Planning – Expect the Unexpected

Featuring Blain’s Farm and Fleet and Westphal & Company, Inc.
Friday, March 13, 2020

Blain Supply Conference Center (3507 E Racine St, Janesville, WI 53546)

8 a.m. Registration and Refreshments
8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Program

For questions or more information contact Sherry Herwig, Wisconsin Family Business Center Director [email protected] or 608-441-7347.

Family Business Retreat
Co-hosted with Milwaukee Family Business Leadership Partners
Thursday, May 28, 2020
More details coming soon.

Food For Thought

Sponsors present educational programs that highlight their areas of expertise for the family business. These shortened breakfast programs allow for in-depth discussions in areas that are most relevant to family businesses.

Programs are held at the Fluno Center
Breakfast and program 8th floor Skyview room | Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Program 8 – 10:15 a.m.

Managing Employee Risks
Presented by DeWitt Law Firm

Creating Accountable Teams - For Real!
Presented by Johnson Financial Group

Thursday, February 20, 2020

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Thursday, April 30, 2020
Presented by Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren and Resonant Capital Advisors
More details coming soon.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Presented by Associated Bank and SVA
More details coming soon.


The Family Business Center is a vibrant community of family businesses and those individuals who serve them. Our members and sponsors are leaders in their communities, and enjoy the advantages of belonging to our Center. The social activities, including our Fall Social and Spring Social, allow members to converse and enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed setting.

Programs are held at the Fluno Center
Fall Social follows the November program from 5 – 7 p.m.

2019-20 Social Information Coming Soon.

Peer Learning Groups

Led by local family business experts, these confidential, trusted forums allow individuals with similar experiences and backgrounds to discuss sensitive issues and critical business topics.

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Fluno Center
Wisconsin School of Business
UW Family Business Center
601 University Ave
Madison, WI 53715