Emerging Stronger After Times of Crisis: Leadership Lessons from 100+ year Family Enterprises

Emerging Stronger After Times of Crisis: Leadership Lessons from 100+ year Family Enterprises
A conversation with Dennis Jaffe, PhD and Thomas Epperson, EdD

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
2 p.m. ET | 11 a.m. PT
60 minutes


The Coronavirus pandemic, and its downstream effects—to the economy, shocks to the supply chain, and self-isolation—is causing the business environment to change rapidly. While this is an unprecedented time in our history, 100-year-plus family enterprises have survived and thrived during similar crises, including global pandemics, world wars, and recessions.

In his recently published book, Borrowed From Your Grandchildren: The Evolution of 100-Year Family Enterprises, Dennis Jaffe shares what we can learn from these “generative families” beyond how to create financial wealth.  Based on decades of research, Dennis explains how generative families build values-based, socially responsible businesses while strengthening relationships and nurturing future generations, regardless of short-term issues.  

In this webinar, Dennis Jaffe and Thomas Epperson will explore the lessons family enterprises should learn in order to navigate the short- term challenges we are all facing while preparing for the future. They will discuss the qualities that families and the enterprises they lead need to thrive, even during times like these.  

During this webinar, you will learn about:

  • Using values as the rudder to navigate times of uncertainty
  • How to adapt your business while strengthening your community
  • Taking care of your family and the families you impact
  • Cultivating Values Based Leadership practices that balance your short-term needs while creating long-term impact

Join Tom Epperson, President, InnerWill Leadership Institute, Dennis Jaffe, Adviser, Wise Counsel Research, and David Shaw, Publishing Director, Family Business Magazine as they discuss lessons learned from 100-year family businesses that can help steer us through the current crisis.



Tom Epperson, EdD

President, InnerWill Leadership Institute

Tom is the President of InnerWill Leadership Institute and has nearly twenty years of experience as a leadership coach, facilitator, and speaker, and regularly works with clients to help transform leaders and their organizations.

Tom is a certified business coach and has a Doctorate in Leadership from The George Washington University. Tom is currently an adjunct instructor in Virginia Commonwealth Universities’ Executive MBA Program.

Tom believes that leadership is a choice, not a title, and that our responsibility as leaders is to make a positive difference in the lives of those around us. Tom balances high expectations of himself and others with relentless optimism about the ability of individuals to make our organizations, families, and communities amazing places to live, work, and grow. Tom believes that leadership is a powerful force for good in the world, if we choose to do so; his personal mission in life is to help others develop the skills to make that choice more often than not.

Tom works hard to be a great husband and father; he’s married to a strong, creative woman and has two fantastic boys who have taught him that we can learn as much about ourselves and our leadership at home as we can at work.


Dennis Jaffe, PhD

Adviser, Wise Counsel Research

Dennis T. Jaffe, Ph.D. is a San Francisco-based adviser to families about family business, governance, wealth and philanthropy, recently completed working papers published by Wise Counsel Research, based on his current research with global multi-generational family enterprises. He is author (or co-author) of Cross Cultures: How Global Families Negotiate Change Across Generations, Stewardship in your Family Enterprise: Developing Responsible Family Leadership Across Generations and Working With the Ones You Love, as well as management books Rekindling Commit­ment, Getting Your Organization to Change and Take this Work and Love It. The Family Firm Institute recently awarded him the 2017 International Award for service, and in 2005 he received the Beckhard Award for service to the field. He has a B.A. degree in philosophy, master’s in management, and Ph.D. in sociology, all from Yale University, and is professor emeritus of organizational systems and psychol­ogy at Saybrook University in San Francisco.


David Shaw

Publishing Director, Family Business Magazine

David Shaw is the publishing director of Directors & Boards and its sister publication, Family Business. With more than 30 years of experience in business-to-business and consumer media markets, he has served as an editor, publisher, publishing director, group publisher and group vice president of a variety of publications, trade shows, conferences and websites.

Prior to founding GRID Media, David served as senior vice president for Phillips Business Information Inc., where he oversaw nearly 100 discrete media properties, and helped build the business from $35 million to more than $100 million in annual revenues. He is a frequent author and speaker on issues related to business-to-business media, multi-generational family businesses and private and public company governance. He is married, with two grown children, one serving in the Navy and the other in law school.


  • No cost to attend
  • Opportunity for questions and feedback
  • All participants receive a copy of the webinar materials after the event.
  • All participants receive Family Business Magazine weekly newsletter, with news, tips and trends that impact your family      business. You may, of course, opt out at any time.
  • Unbiased third-party family business education
  • 60 minutes -- maximum value for time


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