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New England Chapter Breakfast March 9, 2016
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New England Chapter Breakfast March 9, 2016

Business & Family Histories: An Untapped Asset

When: Wednesday, March 9
From 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Where: Burns and Levinson
125 Summer Street
Boston, MA  02110
United States
Presenter: David G. O'Neil
Contact: Tammy Feder

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Business & Family Histories: An Untapped Asset

“When an old person dies,” the African proverb warns, “a library burns to the ground.” The intellectual capital contained in the stories of a family elder is a valuable asset for the family and the family enterprise, but the value of those stories vaporizes unless they are recorded and preserved. When a family seeks to understand the family enterprise from a multi-generational perspective they gain a better understanding of the factors that influence the business and family cultures and how these forces interact. Further, all family members—both in and out of the business—can benefit greatly from exploring together the history that they share.

In this presentation, we will address the following:
·      The types of business and family histories
·      How histories benefit families and organizations
·      The various tools and processes that help families document and then utilize their histories for the benefit of the family and the organization



About the Presenter: 




David G. O’Neil helps families, businesses, and organizations tell their remarkable stories in ways that create a lasting legacy. After missing the op­portunity to document his parents’ life stories, David started Story Trust to help families honor their loved ones by recording and preserving their life stories—as memoir books, oral-history recordings, and documentary videos.

David has been a high-school English teacher, book editor, and publishing executive. He holds a BA in economics from American University and a master’s degree in theology from Harvard University. A frequent speaker on the topic of personal history, David has been quoted in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, and Reuters on the value of personal legacies.


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