Struggles with Launching the Next Generation
In general, young adults are reaching adult milestones later than generations ago. Beyond the norm, there is a subset of young adults who are stalled and are failing to launch completely. Often aimless, this emerging adult population tends to lack the drive and coping skills necessary for adult life; this trend is particularly common with families of wealth, where there may be more flexibility around what constitutes a " productive adult”. Our presentation discusses the " failure to thrive” dynamic and how families and their advisors can address these delays in productive ways.
Arden O’Connor, MBA, Founder, O'Connor Professional Group
Arden founded O’Connor Professional Group to address the needs of families and individuals struggling with an array of behavioral health issues, including addiction, mental health, eating disorders, learning and other developmental challenges. With several relatives in recovery, Arden is passionate about helping families and individuals navigate the highly fragmented treatment system in a way that creates positive outcomes and allow families to heal. Arden is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. She remains heavily involved in community activities, as a board member of Winsor School Corporation, Massachusetts Association of Mental Health, and Justice Resource Institute (chair). Previously, she served as a board member for the Harvard Club of Boston, Victory Programs and Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Boston. She maintains professional affiliations with the following organizations: Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises, Purposeful Planning Institute, Family Office Exchange, Collaboration for Family Flourishing, Family Office Association, and Family Firm Institute.
Diana Clark, JD, M.A., author of “What Love Looks Like: When Your Adult Child Struggles with Addiction”
Diana Clark’s expertise is in coaching families struggling with behavioral health issues. Her work, on behalf of O’Connor Professional Group, ranges from ongoing parental coaching to workshop presentations and interventions. She is the recent author of "What Love Looks Like: When Your Adult Child Struggles with Addiction”.
Diana holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University and prior to working in the addiction field; Diana was a practicing labor and employment attorney advising employers about the need for clear, compassionate and enforceable policies.