Past Speakers

Dennis T. Jaffe, PhD.


Tuesday, September 15

Borrowed From your Grandchildren, The Evolution of  100-Year Family Enterprises

Family enterprises form the majority of businesses large and small in every country in the world. At the same time, few are able to sustain themselves with the same level of wealth and success even into their second generation and sustaining shared family wealth after the third generation is nearly improbable. Dennis Jaffe's "Borrowed From Your Grandchildren" presents the findings of a multiyear project in which researchers interviewed more than 100 families around the globe to understand the evolution of family enterprises that have succeeded for 100 years or more. Dennis shared stories of long-lasting families that point to elements of families’ experiences and learnings that allowed them to survive for the long term.


Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

Legalization of medical marijuana is rolling out across the country. It’s having an enormous impact on employers. This FREE seminar will address the following topics:

  • Synopsis of what marijuana does to a user and how to recognize the signs of impairment

  • Understand Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act (Act 16)

  • Employer and Employee rights and obligations

  • Panel discussion will address clinical, legal and employment aspects of the law as it applies to the workforce.

Featured Speakers:

  • Kieran Casey, Partner, Rosenn Jenkins and Greenwald

  • Kim Wylam, President, Managing Partner, Baker Tilly Vantagen

  • Jessy Miller, Director of Drug & Alcohol Services, Robinson Counseling Center

Speaker Highlight 

On September 10, Michelle Dempsey, the President of DxDempsey, presented "If These Walls Could Talk." Members had the opportunity to tour Dempsey Uniform and Linen Supply and see the concept of branding brought to life. 

Speaker Highlight 

The Texas Hold'em

1/2 Day Program

November 7, 2019

Expert & Family Panel Discussion 

Strategies to know when to hold, sell or execute other winning options for your family business!

Moderator for Panels
Bob Graham , Riggs Asset Management

Wild Cards in Evaluating a Business, experts panel
Steven Roth, RJG Law . Carmen Magistro, M&T Bank . Matt McNelis, Baker Tilly


Playing the Hand you are Dealt family business panel
Hilary Lyle, Kane is Able . Paul Lantz, A Rifkin . Todd Stephens, Stephens Pharmacy

1/2 Day Program 

April 16, 2019 

Parameters for Healthy Family Communication 

Dr. Patricia Fox

Is Your Family Business Ready for Transition? Family Business Assessment 

Gary Plaster 

Erich Bergen

Panel Discussion

Atty. Steven Roth

Bill Corcoran 

Daniel Haggerty, Esq

Dr. Generald Donnellan


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Generald Donnellan



John Park 

October 8, 2019

Emotional Intelligence 

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Michelle Dempsey

September 10 

If these Walls Could Talk 


Holly Pilcavage

and Jack Reager 

February 19, 2019

Social Media Strategies 


Mitzi Perdue

November 14, 2018


How to Make the Family Business Last


Stuart A. Smith and John W. Linkdak

October 18, 2018

Business Valuation 


James P. Valentine and Kimberly Wylam

September 13, 2018

Sexual Harassment


Maureen Mangan Mills, Bob Mills, Daniel Haggerty 

March 21, 2018

The Unexpected Opportunity to Sell the Family Business 


Jeff Krull

November 16, 2017

Emerging Trends in Cyber Security 


Chuck Cohen

 PJ Dempsey

 Jack Reager

October 18, 2018

Business Valuation 


Mathew Haggerty

Robert Lynett

Scott Lynett 

April 12, 2018

Entrepreneurial Activity in the Family Firm: Why is it important? 


Jack Reager

February 15, 2018

Leverage Analytics to Make Better Marketing Decisions 


Kevin Walter

November 9, 2016

Increase Profit through Workplace Culture: The tasty catering story 


Richard J. Orlando, P.h.D

April 13, 2016

Leadership and Legacy in the Family Firm


Lee Piatt

January 13, 2016 

Contingency Extraordinary Results from Ordinary People 


Holly Isdale

November 11, 2015

Building a Board of Directors as a Strategic We


Doug Box

September 9, 2015

Texas Patriarch, The Rise and Fall of a Family Dallas Dynasty 


Dr. Cynthia Montgomery

March 16, 2018

Where Leadership Begins 


Dick Kane

March 11, 2015

The 12 Best Practices for Successful Family Businesses 


Dr .Mathew Sowcik

November 19, 2014

Moving Beyond Conflict to Creativity


Eric Allyn

September 10, 2014


Lessons from a Family Business: The Case of Welch Allyn, Inc. 


Mathew Pinsker 

March 5, 2014

Boss Lincoln: Understanding Abraham Lincoln's Partisan Leadership 


Tom Rogerson

November 20, 2013

Successfully Preparing Your Family for the Future 


Franco Lombardo

September 19, 2013

The Great White Elephant of Money


Dick Kane

March 28, 2013

Road Map for Business Success


Greg Greenleaf

December 12, 2012

Succession: Striking the Right Balance Between the Financial Needs of Your Family and Your Business 


Fred Aebli, John Carlin, and Marc Gonzalez

September 25, 2019



Laura Novakowski and David Sorin

March 20. 2019

Leadership Development Training


Kimberly Wylam 

February 11, 2019


Employee Retention 


Kimberly Wylam

October 29, 2018

Coffee and HR

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James Kane



Edward Kollar and Kristyn Lartz

April 26, 2018

Tax Talk


Frank Sorokach

February 22, 2018

Overcoming Generational Conflict


Stephen J. Ursich, Ken Okrepkie, Sandy Chickeleti, Robert Watts, Dororthy Lane

October 10, 2017

Funding for Growth: How to get the capital to expand your family business 


Leah Kane

Daniel Haggerty

 Steven Roth

May 3, 2017

Buying, selling and diversifying the family business 


Thomas D. Davidow

March 8, 2017

Effective Communication in Family Business: Why is it so hard? 


Hilary Lyle

Bill Sordoni

Scott Lynett

January 18, 2017

Family Business Culture


Sharon Shivetts

May 04, 2016

Challenger Sales Mini Workshop


Chuck Cohen 

John L. Park

February 10, 2016

Business Valuation 


Chris Hackett

December 2, 2015

Increasing company revenue and profitability 


Andrew Cornell

October 14, 2015

Building Your Family Charter


George Brown

Pat Mikelson

August 26, 2018

Highlights of Healthy Communication in the Family Business 


John Engles

March 16, 2015

Relationship Reality in the Family Business 


Ryan Sheetz 

February 16, 2015

Making Sheetz work in a Made to Order World 


Allan G. Robinson

October 8, 2014

Innovation in Your Organization 


Sam Fraundorf

April 23, 2014

The Red Steps Back: America Steps Up

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Jack Uldrich

February 25, 2014

Why Future Trends Will Demand Unlearning 


Dr. Mathew Sowcik

October 23, 2013

The Feedback you Truly Need


Eric Pochas 

May 15, 2013

Health Care Reform Rodeo: Corralling the Various Compliance Requirements into 2014 and Beyond 


Jack Mitchell

January 30 , 2013

Hug Your Customers 

Contact Us 

570. 408. 2120 

570. 963. 2727

65 W South St. 

Wilkes-Barre PA 18702 

 2018 Family Business Alliance