Welcome

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

Tom McCullough
Tom McCullough
Wealth of Wisdom
Wealth of Wisdom

Tom McCullough – Wealth of Wisdom: Top Practices for Wealthy Families and Their Advisors

february 16, 2023

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Tom McCullough is the Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of Northwood Family Office. Northwood, the leading multi-family office in Canada, was established in 2003 to provide integrated and holistic family office services to Canadian families of wealth. He has spent over 35 years in the wealth management family office field and was awarded Best Individual Contribution to Thought Leadership in the Wealth Management Industry (North America) by the 2020 Family Wealth Report Awards.

McCullough is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Western University’s Ivey School of Business. He has an MBA from York University and the CIM (Chartered Investment Manager) and CIWM (Certified International Wealth Manager) designations.


Kristin Keffeler
Kristin Keffeler
The Myth of the Silver Spoon
The Myth of the Silver Spoon

Kristin Keffeler – The Myth of the Silver Spoon: Navigating Family Wealth & Creating An Impactful Life

march 16, 2023

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Kristin Keffeler, MSM, MAPP is a thought leader, writer, and speaker at the forefront of a global shift in family wealth advising, known as Wealth 3.0. She is the founder and principal for Illumination360 and the Chief Learning Officer for the Johnson Financial Group, a multi-family office and wealth management firm based in Denver. As a consultant, she guides affluent and enterprising families, rising gen, and the professionals who support them in embracing the positive power of wealth and doing the “inner work” of money. Her recent publishing credits include Harvard Business ReviewTrusts and Estates Magazine, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Scholarly Commons. 

Keffeler has a Master’s in Business Management with a concentration in Public Health from the University of Denver and a Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.


Trudy Cathy White
Trudy Cathy White
A Quiet Strength
A Quiet Strength

Trudy Cathy White – A Quiet Strength: The Life and Legacy of Jeannette M. Cathy

april 20, 2023

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Trudy Cathy White is a native Georgian and the only daughter of Jeannette M. and S. Truett Cathy, the founders of Chick-fil-A, Inc. She began working for the family business when she was 19 years old, becoming the youngest restaurant operator at that time. Although she just finished her first year at Samford University, her father believed in her and handed her the keys. White took a year off from school to run the restaurant and, in that time, hired fellow Samford student and future husband John White. She currently serves as an ambassador for the family business, attending new restaurant openings and other corporate events.

As a mother to four and grandmother to sixteen, White lives to serve and love others. She recognizes that our attitudes, faith systems, and habits are tied to the values we are taught as children.


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.


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.