Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Schedule of Events: Wednesday, April 23

General Sessions

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Leveraging Family Values for Shareholder Alignment and Employee Engagement

    Mike McKee (G3) 
   President and CEO, McKee Foods Corp.


Families in business together often share deeply rooted family and personal values that are important in creating a shared mission that leads to multi-generational stability and longevity. Those values can also be leveraged to maximize employee retention and engagement, providing a competitive advantage. Mike McKee will share how his family recognized this process was occurring naturally, and how they are currently being proactive in leveraging the power of family values.

Topics will include:

  • Analyzing your family business to show how family values are having a positive impact
  • Uncovering powerful family values
  • Thinking differently about how to leverage your family values for greater positive impact

Bridging the Generation Gap

   Kim Lear
   Bridgeworks Generations


‌   Scott Zimmer 
   Bridgeworks Generations


How does a family business create the optimal environment where members from different generations can work side-by-side? Keynotes Kim Lear and Scott Zimmer will show you how bridging the generational gap can have a significant effect on your bottom line and strengthen family cohesion. Join us for an enlightening session as we explore the characteristics, communication styles and motivations of four generations: Traditionalists, Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials.

Topics will include:

  • Recognizing the stereotypes that prevent us from understanding a different generation
  • Identifying “ClashPoints®
  • Effectively communicating with all generations of family
  • Understanding the importance of succession planning and knowledge transfer and how family members at every level in the organization can play a critical role 

Breakout Sessions

Fostering Entrepreneurship in the NextGen

  ‌  Gina Bolger (G4)
   Vice President of Marketing,
   Home Run Inn Pizza and
   President, Persway


    Renee Storie (G4)
   Social Media & Digital Marketing Manager,
   Home Run Inn Pizza and 
   Vice President, Persway


When new ideas and innovative change are introduced to a family business, tradition and vision can often get in the way of each other.  Join Home Run Inn’s Gina Bolger and Renee Storie as they explain what it took to move their idea from concept to reality, and the effect it had on both the business and family.

Topics include:

  • Tips on introducing new business concepts within a family business
  • How to gain support from family members
  • Leveraging transitions to increase business potential
  • Vetting new business ideas

Parenting Children of Wealth: Facts, Myths and Assumptions

   Edward P. Monte, Ph.D.
   Family Solutions Group 

  ‌  Andrew Keyt
   Executive Director, 
Loyola Family Business Center


Fact or myth: wealthy parents face different challenges when raising responsible, productive children and adults. In this session, Dr. Ed Monte and Andrew Keyt explore how a parent’s relationship with money can show-up in how they communicate, act and behave with their children.

Topics include:

  • Defining your relationship with wealth
  • The importance of setting boundaries
  • Fostering independence
  • Raising healthy children

Generations Speak

NowGen and NextGen will separate into two groups during our afternoon breakout sessions. Facilitated by Loyola Family Business Center faculty, each group will participate in an open discussion focusing on the communication issues they face as a generation.  Pinpoint solutions and best practices to take back to your family and business.

Topics include:

  • Identifying communication patterns typical for each generation
  • Debunking the “you’re too young/you’re too old” myth
  • Uncovering keys to approaching the other generation

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