Catch the Wave: Innovative Families and Family Businesses
September 22-23, 2014 — San Jose, CA

Dolce Hayes Mansion
200 Edenvale Avenue
San Jose, CA 95136


Innovation is the catalyst that grows family businesses and nourishes families now and in the future. 61% of CEO’s surveyed by PriceWaterhouseCoopers say innovation is a priority in their business. Innovation is sharply linked to positive changes in business productivity, efficiency, quality, competitiveness and market share. Families who innovate within the family system also experience positive changes of improved communication, better decision making, alignment of interests, improved relationships and overall family sustainability.

Join us for this two-day conference as we explore how families manage innovation as a business process within the family and the family business. Topics include innovation in the following areas: organizational development and governance, business processes, legal structures, investments, and preparing the NextGen.

REGISTER HERE online, or by using this printable form. Registration is filling up quickly and ends August 15, 2014!
Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Registration fee: $950 Member / $1,550 Non-member

Keynote Speaker: Ori Brafman

Harnessing Chaos and Sparking Innovation

One of the most powerful ways to drive business growth is through innovation. Join us as Ori Brafman, renowned organizational expert and author of The Chaos Imperative and The Starfish and the Spider shares his insights on sparking innovation, and how to benefit from bringing organized chaos in to any organization. Ori will share tips and strategies used by big companies and individuals to gain clarity through chaos and spark organizational innovation.

Featured Speaker: Jim Ellis

Creating Value: The Heart of Innovation
In today’s world, we look for something new with value. Whether a product, a direction, or a graduate degree, it does not matter. Jim Ellis is the Dean of the University of Southern California Business School, an in-law in the Galvin family of Motorola and serial entrepreneur. Join us as Jim shares his vast experience with creating value and sparking creativity and innovation on both the business and the family side. He will share ideas and tips regarding how to look at the business and family differently to achieve break through results.


Monday, September 22
Registration will begin at 11:00am. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by an afternoon of keynote and interactive programs commencing at 1:00pm. Cocktails and dinner will be at Testarossa Winery at 6:00pm (transportation will be provided and will depart the hotel at 5:30pm).

Tuesday, September 23
Breakfast will begin at 8:30am. Keynote and interactive programs commence at 9:00am. Closing keynote will be at 3:00pm, followed by a networking/cocktail reception.

Book Your Hotel Room(s) Early!

Looking for a place to stay during the conference? A special rate of $199 / night has been secured at the host hotel, the Dolce Hayes Mansion. To make your reservation, click HERE, or call (408) 362-2331 and ask for the special group rate for Family Business Network- North America. September is prime tourist season and our room block is limited!
Please book your reservation by August 15, 2014.
If you have questions about this program, please email Deb Cooper at