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March 5, 2013

The Family Business Club Promotes Values, Traditions and Camaraderie

The Family Business Club Promotes Values, Traditions and Camaraderie


On the evening of February 13 the School’s Family Business Club kicked-off the semester’s programming with an event focused on celebrating its growth and achievements in the past year. 

Professor Michael Preston welcomed the participants, which included over sixty club members, with an overview of the School’s family business courses and offered a peek to upcoming additions to the curriculum that have been in the works in the past year.  “The courses we offer in the area of family business are expanding and will include a global course in emerging markets,” announced Professor Preston.  “Next spring, for example, we are taking students to learn what is happening in the area of family business and learn first-hand about select local family businesses in Singapore.” 

Professor Preston also announced that the School has added an Executive in Residence this semester as family business owner Jack Mitchell of Mitchells Richards joins the program. A hallmark of the Executive in Residence program is one-on-one counseling sessions in which the executives advise students on their prospective career choices.

David Bork, a family business consultant and author of The Little Red Book of Family Business was the featured keynote speaker. He discussed the critical importance of boundaries to the success of a family business. “Perhaps the most common problem in family business relationships occurs when there is a conflict between two family members, and one or both then involve a third family member,” said Bork. “The family must understand boundaries and have the necessary structures in the family and the business to reflect this understanding.”

The family business club’s membership has grown significantly with students representing an impressive variety of family businesses from around the world.  “Industries include those in retail, construction, technology, manufacturing, agriculture, food, and health care among others,” said Professor Preston.  “It is an incredibly rich network that adds much value to the academic experience at the School.”

Chayenne Wiskerke ’13, the Family Business Club co-president agrees. “The Family Business Club provides a balanced environment between Columbia’s academics and a student’s personal family business career,” she said. “We are thrilled to see so many new faces and enthusiasm during the annual kick-off meeting of The Family Business Club.  It demonstrates that the family business community is becoming a valuable asset to the Columbia MBA program.” 

Join the Family Business Club
The Family Business Club is open to all Columbia Business School students with an interest in family business. Students whose families own a family enterprise, who plan to work as a non-family executive within a family business, or who plan to advise family-run companies benefit from the club’s interactive activities, support, peer networking, and speaker events. To join the club, visit their official Facebook page. To join the club and learn about upcoming events, visit the official Family Business Club FaceBook Page.

 

Spring 2014 Events

June 17, 2014

Columbia Business Lab Demo and Mentor Appreciation Reception

 

May 27, 2014

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia Demo Event
6:00-9:00pm
Venue - Morgan Stanley

 

May 21, 2014

Commencement

 

May 8, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Workshop #6
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 301

 

May 6, 2014

Lang Fund Board Meeting
9:00-2:00pm
Venue TBD

 

April 28, 2014

Greenhouse Class Reunion Dinner
6:00-8:30pm
Felberg Space, Warren Hall

 

April 21, 2014

Spring Venture Showcase
6:30-9:00pm
Uris Hall Classrooms 301, 303, 329, 331, 333

 

April 17, 2014

Brian Cohen Workshop
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 142

 

April 15, 2014

Entrepreneur in Residence Austin Okere Workshop
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 140

 

April 14 2014

Columbia Entrepreneurs Lab Deadline

 

April 11, 2014

#StartupColumbia Festival
Columbia University
 

 

April 10, 2014

Entrepreneur in Residence Jim Moore Workshop
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 332

 

April 8, 2014

Pitch Workshop with David Rose
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 301

 

April 7, 2014

Spring Venture Showcase Applications Due
MIDNIGHT via Gust

 

April 3, 2014

The Ecademy Awards
3:30-4:30pm
Alfred Lerner Hall Auditorium

 

March 27, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Workshop #3
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 307

 

March 27, 2014

Columbia Entrepreneurs Lab Event
6:00-9:00pm
Calder Lounge, Uris Hall

 

March 25, 2014

Columbia Entrepreneurs Lab Event
6:00-9:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 332

 

March 10-20, 2014

Columbia Business Lab Interviews
9:00-6:00pm
Uris Hall Conference Room TBD

 

March 7, 2014

A. Lorne Weil SharkTank Competition
1:00-6:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 332

 

March 6, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Workshop #2
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 307

 

February 27, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Workshop #1
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 307

 

February, 2014 - TBD

Columbia Business Lab Application - Link opens for submissions
(closes Sunday, March 9)

 

February, 2014 - TBD

Columbia Business Lab Info Session
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 140

 

February 6, 2014

Lang Center Info Session
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 140

 

February 4, 2014

Columbia Entrepreneurs Lab Lunch 'n' Learn
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 333

 

February 3, 2014

Entrepreneurial Sounding Board Begins

 

January 13-17, 2014

Lean LaunchPad Block Week Course