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2017 FFI Global Conference
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October 25-28, 2017

Hilton Chicago
Chicago, Illinois USA



The 2017 Conference Program Committee is pleased to present a wide-variety of educational sessions for this year in Chicago. These outstanding educational sessions represent points of view from around the world on cutting edge topics as well as new takes on classic themes from a multidisciplinary global approach to the field. Research and practice are combined in many of these presentations. Family enterprise members join forces with advisors and academics to continue FFI’s goal of advancing the field. A conference not to miss!


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2017 Conference Schedule

2017 Conference Sessions Descriptions

2017 Conference Presenters

2017 R & E Schedule at a Glance


Today’s “digital revolution” continues to transform the way we live and do business. The technological devices that we now consider essential and inevitable were once the things of dreams for innovators, tinkerers and futurists. And yet, these dream machines are powered by something so innovative it quite literally changed the world: electricity.


The 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago was the first competition to light the world as Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla vied to be the innovators who would illuminate and connect our global cities. It was an historical moment and the beginning of the electric revolution with a long and vibrant legacy that continues to be the foundation upon which we create, connect and innovate in the 21st century.


Family enterprise and electricity share many features. Both power industry, commerce and global GDP. Both provide foundations upon which creativity and innovation are built. Both can short circuit and leave live wires exposed. The comparisons are endless.


2017 Program Committee


Daphne McGuffin, co-chair, BDO SuccessCare Program

Catherine Rossbach, co-chair, SAGE Publications, Inc.

Warren Baker, The Family Business Fulcrum

Rania Labaki, EDHEC Business School

Mariana Martinez, Bethesda Family Therapy

Asher Noor, AlTouq Group