Learning Opportunities

Taste of Family Business

October 15, 2020
1:00 PM CDT - 5:00 PM CDT

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Online Forum

Join us for an interactive experience as we explore values, entrepreneurship and sustainability at our FBN-USA Online Forum.  We will briefly hear from family business speakers as they share their stories and learning points before breaking into small discussion groups.  You will get up close and personal with your peers as you share and discuss your own perspectives and experience.  At the conclusion of our time together, we will take part in a unique and inspiring guided tour of Cacao, during a multi-dimensional chocolate tasting experience.  Register by Oct 1st to get your chocolate samples in time.  You don’t want to miss this!

Using Values to Drive the Business and the Family

Speakers: Martha Siemer SticeHenry Siemer and Katie Siemer - Siemer Milling Company

Do the values of a family determine the way the business is run or is it the founder’s values?  Are family values and business values the same thing?  Do values stay the same over generations?  How do values show up in the family business and family governance?

In this lively discussion, we will explore different perspectives with 3 family members from the Siemer Milling Company.   Join this session for concrete examples of infusing respect, trust and responsibility in governance and the business.

Transforming and Innovating for Future Generations

Speaker: Lizzy Rudd - Berry Bros. & Rudd

Berry Bros. & Rudd is Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchant, having traded from the same premises adjacent to St James’s Palace in London, since 1698. Today the company also has offices in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and San Francisco.  We store over a million cases of wine on behalf of our customers, we run a Wine School and an exclusive fine wine and dining venue from our home in St James’s. We are honored to hold two Royal Warrants for H.M. The Queen and H.R.H. The Prince of Wales.

Lizzy Rudd, 3rd generation of the Rudd family will share how Berry Bros & Rudd has survived for over 300 years and how she has led a business transformation including how they have developed an Ownership Board and Family Council to lay the foundation for future generations of family and business success.

The Pacari Journey and Chocolate Tasting Experience

Speakers: Santiago Peralta and Carla Barboto - Pacari Chocolate

One way to pass on the family business legacy is through next generation entrepreneurship. In this session, you will hear from a dynamic husband and wife team, Santiago Peralta and Carla Barboto.  As NxG’s, they followed their passion and forged their own path to start a business with purpose.  It’s called Pacari, an organic chocolate manufacturing company founded on sustainability principles.  This is a story about determination.  A story about change. A story about sustainability. 

Pacari has become the trailblazer for Ecuadorian chocolate in many ways and has received many international awards for their efforts and for producing high quality chocolate. They have changed the way companies interact with the small cacao farmers by paying fair prices to farmers, who are also family businesses. Every business decision and action they take is grounded in respect for the environment, the local culture and the community.

Tasting fine chocolate is a multidimensional experience.  Guided by Carla and Santiago, we will learn the process of chocolate tasting and appreciate the different qualities and flavors, discover their origin and get a history lesson on cacao.  Don’t miss this experience!


$50.00 Member Registration

$100.00 Non-Member Registration