The Seattle University Extraordinary Leaders (ExL) group offers an invigorating forum for owners and leaders of family and closely-held businesses to grow and expand their businesses and their leadership skills. The monthly peer advisory group, facilitated by a professional executive coach and consultant with a proven track record, meets monthly and operates as a cohesive, supportive cohort. The group is a great fit for executives or owners of local family- or closely-held businesses (FPHBs) who are committed to becoming extraordinary leaders and using entrepreneurial skills and innovation principles to tackle their biggest challenges.
ExL Forum Features:
Benefits to Members
Group Format: One Friday each month, 10am - 2pm, Seattle University's campus, with occasional open lunch for friends & guests and optional 8-10am "deep dive" boot camp.
Fees: Special multi-member discounts. Contact Randy Massengale at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The Family Business Exchange gathers transgenerational family leaders together to engage in honest dialogue and learning in support of development, growth and legacy creation. To keep this community vibrant and healthy, we commit to providing educational and networking opportunities and in return, welcome member experiences and contributions. The community prides itself on offering family business leaders opportunities to:
Engage with community and in research
Learn from each other and faculty
Share in a trusted environment
The value of the Family Business Exchange increases as members from all types of businesses enter the conversation and become active members of our community.
Commitment to participate
Time is the most valuable asset when running a family business. Therefore, the commitment to participate is limited.
To meet our goal of assisting family businesses, we strive to gather a select number of families together twice per year to:
To meet our goal of advancing research, we ask participating families to:
Dr. Holly Slay is currently on the faculty of the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University. She received her PhD in Organizational Behavior from the University of Maryland's Smith School of Business in 2006. Her current research seeks to the emotional and identity dynamics associated with family business succession. To this end, she has interviewed the prominent players in six family businesses to better understand their successions processes and how they measure success. The research uses a case study methodology and semi-structured interviews to provide for in-depth analysis of each company as well as analysis of the similarities and differences between companies. The preliminary study offers interesting insights for families and practitioners who support families. However, the ultimate goal of the research is to include more family businesses over a longer period of time and build and/or extend existing research on family business succession.
Seattle University currently offers a popular Family Owned Business class for graduate students.
Please explore the above links to learn more about the Family and Privately-Held Business Program's many offerings and opportunities or contact us at email@example.com.