Family Enterprise Boards: A Program for Current and Prospective Directors

Learn the ins and outs of serving on a family business board and how to navigate these unique organizations

The director plays a pivotal role in effectively guiding family owned businesses. This program from leading family business experts goes in-depth on the issues that affect current and emerging board members, such as managing the board’s strategic, fiduciary and communication functions.

Through interactive lectures with leading Kellogg faculty, in-depth case studies and panels with experienced family and independent directors, participants will emerge with a well-rounded skill set to effectively manage the essential functions of aligning the board’s work with the values and long-term growth of family-owned businesses.

Justin B. Craig / Academic Director

Who Should Attend

  • Current family and non-family board directors, trustees and chairs of family-controlled firms
  • Family members developing themselves for future roles as board members in their enterprise
  • Family and non-family executives who interact with or who will soon be appointed to the board

Key Benefits

  • Define the board's role in understanding family business strategy
  • Explore the differences in board decisions for a family enterprise
  • Understand the unique challenges of selecting family for board roles
  • Learn to effectively link the board with the family

Program Content

  • Role of the Board in understanding family business strategy
  • What is different about a Board decision for a family enterprise
  • Selecting family for Board roles
  • Linking the Board with the family
  • Board room etiquette and effectiveness
  • Different models of the Board’s role in governance
  • Board best practices in family enterprises


Justin Craig - Academic Director; Clinical Professor of Family Enterprise; Co-Director of the Center for Family Enterprises

Ivan Lansberg - Academic Director; Adjunct Professor of Family Enterprise; Academic Director of the Center for Family Enterprises

What Participants Say

“A well constituted and optimally functioning Board is increasingly being identified by successful multi-generational business families as being the most important contributing factor to their continuity.”
Justin Craig, Academic Director

Family Enterprise Suite

Address the unique challenges of running a family business

2018 Sessions

September 23-27, 2018

Start: September 23 at 2:00 PM

End: September 27 at 1:00 PM

Evanston campus

This Approval Program is limited to individuals with specific business experience. All applications will be subject to review and approval from the program’s Academic Director.


Fee includes lodging and most meals

Kellogg School of Management

James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208