DC Family Business Forum

About DC Family Business Forum

The mission of the DC Family Business Forum is to promote and foster the growth and ongoing success of family businesses through learning, sharing and creating effective solutions regarding the critical issues and challenges confronting family businesses in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. Presentations and seminars are supported entirely by multi-disciplinary sponsors who are involved in working with family businesses as part of their routine practice.

Attendance to lectures and presentations sponsored by the DC Family Business Forum is offered by invitation only to a limited number of family-owned businesses. Participation in activities is restricted to invitees and sponsors. An invitation is extended by sponsors to family businesses who have the ability to benefit from and participate in the lecture series. Invited businesses will generally have a family member with controlling interest in the business and at least one family member currently employed in the business.


2019-2020 Schedule

Automotive Family Panel
October 10, 2019

Many successful and well-known automotive dealerships in the D.C. metro region are family businesses, and this diverse group provides a unique perspective into the challenges that they face. Join us in a discussion about expansion, next generation leadership, real estate holdings and the pros and cons of the family automotive industry.

Family Office
December 3, 2019

There has been a growing trend toward establishing and expanding family offices. Oftentimes, when the family business grows or once the business is sold, the embedded employees may transition to a freestanding family office to provide an expanded range of services. Gain insight from different family business members as they speak on a panel about leadership transitions and the benefits of organizing your business as a family office.

In-Law Panel
February 4, 2020

Few issues are as difficult to navigate in a family business as the role of in-laws. Join us for an in-depth discussion about family member employment, succession plans and family conflict resolution with several in-laws involved in successful family businesses.

Parent / Child Panel
May 5, 2020

The dynamics of a child entering the family business can be both rewarding and challenging. The changes brought forward by a new generation can sometimes lead to conflict and resistance from the older generation of leadership. This event will feature a panel with two parent-children groups from well-established companies as they discuss working together.

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