Past Events - DCU National Centre for Family Business in 2019

Past Events - DCU National Centre for Family Business in 2019

September: Family Business - Protecting Your Future

On Tuesday 24th September, we co-hosted a family business morning with our partner AIB Ireland in their new Headquarters, 10 Molesworth Street. The morning seminar sessions focused on the theme of protection and planning for the future of a family business. Family business attendees heard from industry experts on financial planning, preparing for uncertainty and protecting the family business for generations to come. Cliona Molloy, Chief Executive Officer of McKeon Group, spoke of the founding story and legacy of her family's 2nd generation business which was founded by her father, Tomas McKeon. The event rounded off with a panel discussion including Dr Eric Clinton from the National Centre for Family Business and a reception to connect with attendees. Read more about AIB Family Business - Protecting Your Future. 

June: Building trust in the family firm research launch

In June, Dr Catherine Faherty launched the results of her PhD research which examined trust dynamics in Irish owned family firms. This unique all-Ireland study surveyed 406 Irish family executives, including 161 family firm CEOs and 245 senior managers (comprised of 105 family and 140 top management team non-family members). The keynote speaker at Building Trust in the Family Firm was Professor James H. Davis, Utah State University. A panel discussion also included Professor Craig Crossley, University of Central Florida; and Ruth Gill, CEO of Gill Books. Read more about the event here.

May: Cork family business roadshow

On May 22 we travelled to Cork to host the first installment of the 2019 Family Business Roadshow. The event was hosted by Glandore at their Lapps Quay offices in the city centre, and in collaboration with Cork University Business School. An audience of about 50 family business owners joined us for a morning of conversation about values, hearing from Barry Murphy, FDC Group; Helen Witcherley, Celtic Ross Hotel and Marina Commercial Park; and our sponsors AIB, Beauchamps, and PwC. Our MC for the morning was Linda Murphy, Professor in Management at Cork University Business School. We were thrilled to host actors from Real Learning, who played out discussions between a father and son in business together, and in conflict over their values. Read more about the event here.

April: Family Business Values - how they translate into business value

The Annual Family Business Conference hosted by DCU National Centre for Family Business took place on Tuesday April 30, 2019. At our largest event of the year, we brought the family business community together to share exeriences, build networks, and strengthen what is certainly an integral part of our society and economy. 'Family Business Values - how they translate into business value' explored the topic values in family business - a key element, often cited as a crucial factor in decision-making, longevity and next generation planning. Over 100 attendees heard from our speakers: Chris Musgrave, Musgrave Group; Caroline Keeling, Keelings; Kevin Sheridan, Sheridans Cheesemongers; and Grant Dennis, Dennis Family Group. The MC for the morning was Gavin Duffy. The morning concluded with a panel discussion, which was joined by Orla Cafferty, Datascan Document Services, and John Dillon, PwC; Catherine Moroney, AIB; and Shaun O'Shea, Beauchamps.