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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Program canceled. Will be rescheduled to a later date.
Designing, Implementing and Harnessing an Effective Board for Your Family Enterprise
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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Virtual Program – Register Now!
Developing NextGen Leaders: Navigating the Transition from the Shadow to the Stage

Thursday, May 14, 2020

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Supplemental Programs

Postponed to a later date TBD.
Family Business Retreat

Co-hosted with Milwaukee Family Business Leadership Partners
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.


Webinar Wednesday, April 15, 2020 8 - 9 am
Crisis Help Available Now: How to Access Financial Assistance for Your Business and Your Employees
Presented by Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren and Resonant Capital Advisors

Webinar Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8 - 9 am
Managing Personal Wealth & the Family Business: Planning & Portfolio Opportunities for Challenged Environments
Presented by Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren and Resonant Capital Advisors

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Webinar Tuesday, June 2, 2020 8 - 9 am
Using Data to Manage Uncertainty During and After COVID-19
Presented by SVA Certified Public Accountants

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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.

Virtual Summer Social and Happy Hour
Wednesday, June 17
5 – 6 p.m. via Zoom

Grab your favorite beverage and join us to connect and network with FBC members and sponsors.

We will be using the breakout rooms in zoom to create smaller groups that will be re-assigned every 10 minutes or so. Mix and mingle from the comfort of your home, deck, boat or wherever you are!

Zoom link will be emailed prior to event. FBC Members and Sponsors only. Please register by June 16.


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