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.

This season, we 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

Richie Norton – Anti-Time Management: Reclaim Your Time and Revolutionize Your Results with the Power of Time Tipping

April 18, 2024

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Richie Norton is an award-winning, bestselling author and entrepreneur known for books like The Power of Starting Something Stupid and Résumés Are Dead & What to Do About It. Recognized as one of the world’s top 100 business coaches, Norton is also an international speaker, having appeared at events like TEDx and Google Startup Grind. A serial entrepreneur, Norton is the founder of Global Consulting Circle, which specializes in creating and scaling business models for venture-backed startups. He is also the CEO and Co-Founder of PROUDUCT, an INC. 5000 company that provides global entrepreneurship solutions to businesses.

Allen Weiss & Debbie MacInnis – The Brand Benefits Playbook: Why Customers Aren’t Buying What You’re Selling – And What to Do About It

may 16, 2024

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Allen Weiss is an emeritus professor at the University of Southern California. His academic research focuses on decision-making in B2B companies, especially in high-tech markets. For over 30 years, Weiss has helped a variety of organizations (e.g., Texas Instruments, Intel, Hughes Space and Communications, Northrop Grumman) on market segmentation and positioning based on brand benefits. He is also the Founder and CEO of MarketingProfs, LLC, a B2B training and events company with over 600,000 subscribers, 457,000 Twitter followers and 55,000 LinkedIn followers. 

Debbie MacInnis is the Charles L. and Ramona I. Hilliard Professor of Business Administration and Emerita Professor of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and the Doris Drucker Chair and Full Research Professor at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. An expert on consumer behavior and branding, she is a Fellow of the American Marketing Association, the Association for Consumer Research, and the Society for Consumer Psychology. In addition to being a prolific author, MacInnis consults with major consumer goods companies, branding agencies, and advertising agencies. 

Dennis Jaffe – Cross Cultures: How Global Families Negotiate Change Across Generations

June 20, 2024

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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.

Past Events

Bridget Hilton & Joe Huff – Experiential Billionaire: Build a Life Rich in Experiences and Die with No Regrets

april 5, 2024

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Bridget Hilton and Joe Huff are business partners and keynote speakers who help individuals enrich their lives and careers with fulfilling experiences. They share their insights about topics such as mental health, workplace belonging, wellness, motivation, and burnout at Fortune 500 companies, conferences, and communities. 

Bridget is also the founder of LSTN Sound Co., the first social good electronics company, which has funded hearing aids for over 50,000 people through worldwide sales of headphones and speakers. She was recognized by Forbes and Inc Magazine‘s 30 Under 30, Entrepreneur‘s 15 Women to Watch, and NAWBO’s Rising Star.

Joe has over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, founder, and owner. He has helped thousands of individuals around the world though his philanthropic work, created numerous 8-figure businesses, and has had many successful exits. 

David York – The Gift of Lift: Harnessing the Power of Stewardship to Elevate the World

march 21, 2024

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David York is an estate planning attorney, CPA, and Director of the Salt Lake City law firm of York Howell & Guymon. With over two decades of experience working with a diverse clientele across the wealth spectrum, York has represented first-generation wealth creators, fifth-generation wealth maintainers, and everyone in between. He is a Fellow with the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and the Dean of Legacy with the Purposeful Planning Institute. A highly sought-after speaker, York has spoken at numerous public groups and professional organizations such as TedXSaltLakeCity, the Million Dollar Roundtable, Q Commons, and the Institute of Family Governance. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Healing Nations and Holding Out HELP.

Katherine Howe – Astor: The Rise and Fall of an American Fortune

february 15, 2024

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Katherine Howe is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning historian and novelist. She is the author of several novels for adult and young adult audiences, has edited two volumes of primary sources for Penguin Classics, and is the co-author (with Anderson Cooper) of #1 New York Times bestselling books Vanderbilt and Astor. Her expertise and insights have been featured on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, NPR’s The Weekend Edition, and the BBC, to name a few. Howe received her BA in Art History and Philosophy from Columbia and an MA in American and New England Studies from Boston University.

Rob Lachenauer – Harvard Business Review Family Business Handbook: How to Build and Sustain a Successful, Enduring Enterprise

January 18, 2024

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Rob Lachenauer has been an advisor, business leader, and writer throughout his career. He is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Banyan Global, a team of family business advisors that helps clients realize their true potential and become more effective owners. An expert on leadership and governance for family businesses, Lachenauer has worked closely with families throughout the world. He is also a frequent collaborator to Harvard Business Review and co-author (with George Stalk) of Hardball: Are You Playing to Play or Playing to Win? Lachenauer holds a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard University.

Peter Vogel – Family Office Navigator: Your Guide to Building a Multigenerational Family Office

december 14, 2023

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Peter Vogel is Professor of Family Business and Entrepreneurship at IMD Business School. An expert on family enterprises, he leads IMD’s work in this field as Director of the IMD Global Family Business Center and Debiopharm Chair of Family Philanthropy. He was named by Poets&Quants as one of the world’s best business school professors under the age of 40 in 2022 and included in Family Capital’s Top 100 Family Business Influencers list in both 2020 and 2022.

Vogel works with families, owners, boards, and executives of family enterprises and family offices around the world focusing on transformations, governance, ownership and leadership succession, wealth management, fostering entrepreneurialism and innovation within the system, and on establishing professional boards and leadership teams. He does so through major transformation journeys that include custom programs, advisory work, and open programs, as well as tailored diagnostics and workshops.

Bernie Jaworski – Creating the Organization of the Future: Building on Drucker and Confucius Foundations

november 16, 2023

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Bernie Jaworski is the Drucker Chair in Management and the Liberal Arts, which is named in honor of Peter Drucker, the founder of modern management and the namesake of the Drucker School. He is also an ISBM and AMA Marketing Fellow. Jaworski comes to the Drucker School from the Switzerland-based IMD, a highly regarded international business school.

Before working at IMD, Jaworski spent a decade as a senior partner of the Monitor Group, a global management consulting firm. During his Monitor career, he co-founded and co-led two global practice areas: the e-commerce practice, and the executive education unit. Among other activities, he was a senior team member of several significant multi-year corporate transformations for multinational clients in various sectors, notably pharmaceuticals, biotech, and medical devices.

He is the co-author of four textbooks on e-commerce and has taught topics including leadership, corporate strategy, and service management.

Jay Hughes – The Cycle of the Gift: Family Wealth and Wisdom

october 19, 2023

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James (Jay) E. Hughes, Jr., Esq., is the author and co-author of numerous books like Family Wealth: Keeping It in the Family, Family – The Compact Among Generations, and The Voice of the Rising Generation. He maintains a variety of roles, such as being a member of the Advisory Board of Arlington Partners, the Chair Emeritus and Chair of the Distribution and Beneficiary Life Enhancement Committee of Lineage Trust Company, and a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute.

Hughes is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia School of Law. He is a counselor to the Family Office Exchange and recipient of its Founder’s Award, the Private Asset Management Lifetime Achievement Award, the Ackerman Institute Family Partner Award, and the Family Wealth Report Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2021, The James E. Hughes, Jr. Foundation (JEHJF) was founded – in his honor and as a gift to him – to advance the field of family wealth management and generational well-being. Rooted in his landmark Five Capitals research, the JEHJF is designed to spread the spirit of Hughes to as many individuals that have this desire.

Karen Dillon – How Will You Measure Your Life? Finding Fulfillment Using Lessons From Some of the World’s Greatest Businesses

september 21, 2023

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Karen Dillon is the former editor of Harvard Business Review and a prolific writer whose works include The New York Times bestseller How Will You Measure Your Life? (co-authored with Clayton Christensen), The Microstress Effect: How Little Things Pile Up and Create Big Problems – and What to Do about It (co-authored with Rob Cross), and Wall Street Journal business bestseller Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice and The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty (Thinkers50 finalist, Breakthrough Idea, 2019). Dillon is also the Editorial Director of Banyan Global, a group of Family Business Advisors that brings together deeply integrated and multidisciplinary expertise in family, business, finance, ownership, and philanthropy.