Authors @ Drucker is an interview series featuring topics relevant to students, alumni and friends of the Drucker School that are curious about issues surrounding multi-generational family businesses and family wealth.

Season 1 will feature authors that cover topics like business succession, innovation, conflict management, generational dynamics and more. You’ll learn the stories of some of the most successful business-owning families in the world.

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Our Sponsor

James E. Hughes, Jr. Foundation

Authors @ Drucker is sponsored by The James E. Hughes, Jr. Foundation. Rooted in Jay Hughes’ landmark Five Capitals research, The James E. Hughes, Jr. Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the field of family governance and generational well-being.

Upcoming Events

Mircea Raianu – Tata: The Global Corporation That Built Indian Capitalism

october 20, 2022

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Mircea Raianu is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Maryland and teaches courses on South Asia, the Indian Ocean world, and the history of global capitalism. He is affiliated with the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets at the Robert H. Smith Business School, and co-organizes the Histories of Global Capitalism Forum (HGCF) in the Department of History.

Raianu is a historian of modern South Asia. His primary research and teaching interests are capitalism and economic life. He is currently writing a series of related articles about India’s economy that include topics such as the transition from trade to industry in the context of global financial crises and the intellectual history of Indian capitalism during the interwar period. He has a PhD in History from Harvard University and a BA in History from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jim Grubman – Strangers in Paradise: How Families Adapt to Wealth Across Generations

november 17, 2022

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Jim Grubman is a Boston-based family advisor who has worked with individuals, couples, and families of wealth for over 30 years. He is the author of Strangers in Paradise: How Families Adapt to Wealth across Generations and the co-author (with Dennis Jaffe) of Cross Cultures: How Global Families Negotiate Change Across Generations. His work has been featured in print, online, and television media, and speaking engagements in wealth management and family dynamics. Recently, Grubman and Jaffe received the prestigious 2021 Family Wealth Report Award for Outstanding Contribution to Thought Leadership.

Grubman is also active in the UHNW Institute, where he oversees content and curriculum development for the industry and families. He is a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute and the Purposeful Planning Institute, and a member of the Boston Estate Planning Council and the internationally-based Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Grubman has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Vermont and a MA from the University of Michigan.

Amy Hart Clyne – Finding Her Voice and Creating a Legacy

december 15, 2022

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Amy Hart Clyne has dedicated her career to helping prosperous families fulfill the promise and potential of their legacies. As Chief Knowledge and Learning Officer at Pitcairn, she empowers wealthy families through education while pioneering research and best practices that elevate the role of advisors to one of true partnership.

Clyne runs Pitcairn’s Gen7 Project, the firm’s thought leadership and learning lab providing unique resources, actionable content, and educational tools to families undergoing major wealth transitions. She has an MBA in Marketing from Columbia Business School at Columbia University and a BA in international relations from Colgate University. She holds the designation of Certified Financial Planner™ and is a Certified Family Business Advisor.

Chad Ford – Dangerous Love

january 19, 2023

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Chad Ford is an associate professor of International Cultural Studies and Director of the McKay Center for Intercultural Understanding at BYU-Hawaii. His emphasis is on intercultural peacebuilding and mediation. He has led peacebuilding workshops and mediations around the world, including in the Middle East, Africa, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

Ford also was the co-founder and former CEO of Sportstalk.com, a highly successful internet start-up that was purchased by ESPN in 2001. He spent several years as a senior editor and writer at ESPN before leaving his full-time position in 2005 for his current posts with the McKay Center.

As the Director of the McKay Center, Ford leads a team dedicated to fulfilling President David O. McKay’s vision that “from this school … will go men and women whose influence will be felt for good towards the establishment of peace internationally.” Those projects include community reconciliation projects, peer mediation, Anatomy of Peace workshops and various other projects in conjunction with partners around the world. Ford also works on several projects outside the Center. Currently, he’s partnering on a major project in the Middle East and in several cities in the US with the Arbinger Institute and PeacePlayers to create sustainable peace between communities in conflict.

Past Events

Dennis Jaffe – Borrowed From Your Grandchildren

September 15, 2022

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Dennis Jaffe, a member of Wise Counsel Research, is a San Francisco-based advisor to families about family business, governance, wealth and philanthropy. He is author of Borrowed From Your Grandchildren: The Evolution of 100-Year Family Enterprises, Cross Cultures: How Global Families Negotiate Change Across Generations, Stewardship in your Family Enterprise: Developing Responsible Family Leadership Across Generations, and Working With the Ones You Love. His global insights have led to teaching or consulting engagements in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America.

The Family Firm Institute awarded him the 2017 International Award for service, and in 2005 he received the Beckhard Award for service to the field. In 2020 he was awarded a special commendation as an individual thought leader in the field of wealth management by the Family Wealth Report. He has a BA degree in Philosophy, MA in Management, and PhD in sociology, all from Yale University, and is professor emeritus of organizational systems and psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco.