Families Summit of Minds

Detailed Program

1. TECH AND THE RISE OF THE REST

Steve Case created “The Rise of the Rest” to demonstrate that you can find compelling investment opportunities outside of the traditional tech hubs, and that in so doing you can contribute to alleviating seemingly intractable problems (like poverty). Join a conversation between Steve and Philippe to address the following agenda points:

  1. Where do these opportunities lie and how best can they be uncovered?
  2. Can investing in less “trendy” places positively impact the way people live and work?

 

2. DOES PURPOSE MATTER?

Increasing concerns about our societies and the environment have given rise to ethically responsible companies that put the notion of “purposeful business” at the core of their activities. Join the panel to find out the following:

  1. Is there a trade-off between purpose and profit?
  2. Will all companies have to become purposeful?

3. MENS SANA IN CORPORE SANO

The evidence that a healthy mind cannot co-exist with an unhealthy body is now incontrovertible. It makes wellbeing a personal and societal imperative and also explains why wellness, now so pervasive risks being “everywhere and nowhere”. The agenda points are:

  1. Do we need to move to think?
  2. How does wellbeing contribute to better decision-making and higher productivity?
  3. What are the best wellbeing practices and what are the fads?

4. A QUESTION OF TIME

The acceleration of change has created a culture of immediacy so pervasive that some pundits call this new phenomenon the “dictatorship of urgency”. The largest family firms are not immune: their life expectancy has decreased from 75 to 15 years in just one generation. The agenda points are:

  1. How can we reclaim time?
  2. Is there still time for ‘patient’ capital?
  3. How can families reconcile long-term plans and short-term demands?

5. WEALTH CAPTURE VS WEALTH CREATION

With the rise of radical inequalities - of wealth, income and opportunities -, a growing number of privileged people are questioning the social arrangements behind their wealth and the morality of their advantages. This session will address the following questions:

  1. What differentiates the windfall class from the entrepreneurial one?
  2. How can wealth be better deployed for economic and societal gains?

6. WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP

President Obama once famously said: “Not to generalize, but women seem to have a better capacity than men, partly because of their socialisation”. However, the issue as to whether women make better leaders is hotly debated in academic and business circles.

  1. Do women have the place they deserve in family businesses?
  2. How does the performance of family business correlate with women inclusion?

7. TURMOIL, DEMOCRACY AND THE AMERICAS

Like in the rest of the world, political turmoil and populism are engulfing much of the Americas, putting stability at risk in some countries and more generally raising uncertainty for investors and family businesses.

  1. What countries are most at risk?
  2. How can families best mitigate the geopolitical and political risks in the Americas?

8. THE ROLE OF CULTURE IN BUSINESS

The importance of culture in the conduct of business is paramount. It ranges from “culture fits” in M&A to “culture wars”. Values and beliefs increasingly intrude in the day-to-day workings of family businesses.

  1. Are families sufficiently attuned to the relevance of culture?
  2. Is the younger generation better prepared to deal with culture clashes?

10. POLARIZATION, MIGRATION AND TRANSCENDING BORDERS

The economic case for migration may seem obvious, but politics and societal attitudes (greater tribalism, rising polarization) stand in the way of accommodating more migrants. This is particularly obvious at the border between central and northern America. Participants in the session will address the following agenda points:

  1. Should Western nations reduce or increase immigration?
  2. Do family businesses have a particular role to play in helping migrants by accommodating them in the workforce?

11. BUILD AN INTRAPRENEURIAL MINDSET

It is often said that intrapreneurs are the ‘secret weapon” of family businesses. Rightly so: it seems a no-brainer that families must embrace intrapreneurial initiatives if they are not only to survive, but also to thrive.

  1. How best to support intrapreneurial initiatives within a family context?
  2. What is the role of mentoring?

 

12. ESG FAMILY BUSINESS

ESG strategies – set up to mitigate the colossal environmental and societal challenges that we collectively face – are being embraced by an increasing number of businesses and may soon become an imperative across industries and companies.

  1. Are families ahead of the curve or behind it?
  2. How are family businesses positioned to address them?

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