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The Difficult Conversations Are the Most Important

Successful family businesses need to talk openly about everything – even when the topics are hard to handle.

There’s too much at risk for family-owned and small businesses to avoid addressing important issues that may ruffle feathers. Yet many do, to the detriment of their business’ health and growth.

Join Simsbury Bank and the UConn Family Business Program for a frank talk about having those difficult conversations. You’ll solve more problems and keep your business moving in the right direction.

When: June 11, 2019
Where: Delamar, West Hartford, 1 Memorial Road, West Hartford, CT 06107
Time: 4:00 pm

*Complimentary valet parking.



About our guest speaker:

Blair Trippe, MBA

Blair is Managing Partner of Continuity Family Business Consulting where she works with families who own and manage operating companies and share assets together on issues related to succession planning, governance development, wealth integration and conflict management. Her expertise as a negotiator, mediator, and family business consultant is grounded in the study of strategic management and conflict resolution methodologies. She brings a highly specialized approach to the understanding of family systems and the relationship challenges encountered when families work and own together.

In addition to her consulting work, Blair is a nationally recognized speaker and has presented at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate, Cornell University, the EPA, NACD, the Family Firm Institute, American Bar Association, Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), among others

Blair is the co-author of Deconstructing Conflict: Understanding Family Business, Shared Wealth and Power. She also co-authored the book, Mom Always Liked You Best – A Guide to Resolving Family Feuds, Inheritance Battles and Eldercare Crises. The practical guidebook helps family members become better decision-makers, mindful negotiators, and more effective communicators. In addition, Blair contributed a chapter to Keith Whitaker and Tom McCullough’s new book published by Wiley; Wealth of Wisdom: The Top 50 Questions Wealthy Families Ask and has published articles in the ACResolution Magazine, Family Business Magazine and The Negotiation Journal from Harvard Law School.

Blair earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, a BA in psychology from Connecticut College and certificates from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. She is a Fellow the Family Firm Institute, and serves on the Boards of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Decordova Sculpture Park and Museum.

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