We realize family businesses face unique opportunities and challenges. It is our mission to offer valuable resources to help you and your team navigate them successfully. Check this page regularly for updated content.


News

Peter S. & Elizabeth Sealey

October 14, 2021

Drucker School alumnus Peter S. Sealey and his wife Elizabeth donate $1 Million to the Drucker School’s Global Family Business Institute. Their gift will establish the annual Dr. Peter S. Sealey, PhD Award in Family Business to recognize the exemplary contributions to business or society by a family business or a family business leader. Learn more here.

David Specht

May 5, 2021

David Specht is the next director of the Drucker School Global Family Business Institute. Specht previously developed the Family Dynamics offering at Wells Fargo Private Bank; founded a consulting firm for multi-generational family companies; and served on the faculty at the University of Nebraska, where he established their family business program. Read more here.


Podcasts

The Farm CPA Podcast

November 16, 2021

The Farm CPA Podcast

Dave Specht explains to host Paul Neiffer about what successful transitions from one generation to the next require.

The Business of Family Podcast

November 14, 2021

The Business of Family Podcast

Dave Specht and host Mike Boyd have an insightful conversation about preserving families and perpetuating businesses.

Impact Farming Podcast

October 22, 2021

Impact Farming Podcast

Dave Specht and host Tracy Brunet discuss various aspects of farm boss leadership such as: self-management; leadership development and its effects on mental health, families, and the farm; and leadership presence.

Living the Country Life Radio

September 15, 2021

Living the Country Life Radio

Dave Specht and host Jodi Henke discuss various aspects of generational succession planning for families who pass down the farm from generation to generation.

Disruptive Successor Podcast

June 1, 2021

Disruptive Successor Podcast

Dave Specht shares with host Jonathan Goldhill about his experience developing the National Family Dynamics Program at Wells Fargo and the family business program at the University of Nebraska.

Enterprising Families Podcast

December 28, 2020

Enterprising Families Podcast

Dave Specht discusses family matriarchs with Family Governance Expert and Nhaka Legacy Lead Consultant Tsitsi Mutendi.


Newsletter

Our online newsletter includes information on family business trends, articles, resources, institute member highlights, events, and how to support the institute. Links to published online newsletters are below.


Faculty Research

Five Sisters and Two Executors: A Case Study.” FFI Practitioner. January 19, 2021.


Videos

View our Managing the Family Business series, where we ask family business leaders questions about their experience in and takeaways from working in the family business.

  • Yosuke Honjo, President and CEO of Ito En North America Inc.

  • Jamie Richardson, VP of Government and Shareholder Relations at White Castle Systems Inc.