Community Engagement

Bringing the family enterprise community together.

The Olin Family Enterprise Program engages the off-campus family business community by delving into topics that impact family businesses through special events, symposiums and seminars. Hundreds have attended these events, including the annual Olin Family Enterprise Symposium hosted each spring at WashU Olin.

Our engagement with the community is a mix of larger audience symposiums for the broader community and smaller, more intimate audience engagements that target particular constituents. If you’re interested in learning more about either of these opportunities, please sign up for the Family Enterprise newsletter by the Koch Center, which will have information on these and related opportunities.


Previous Family Enterprise Symposium Speakers

7th Annual Family Enterprise Symposium (Fall 2022)

Continental Grain Company and the Innovation of Food Building and Evolving a Strategic Family Enterprise

Panel Speakers:
The Fribourg Family
Paul Fribourg, Chairman and CEO, and Jordana Fribourg, Chief Talent Officer of Conti

Conti Executive Team
Dave Peacock, Chief Operating Officer
Bob Golden, Chief Strategy Officer
Ari Gendason, Chief Investment Officer

Conti Ventures + Portfolio Company CEO
Chris Abbott, Co-Head, Conti Ventures
Jake Joraanstad, CEO of Bushel

Spring 2021: Culture and Family Business


  • S. Ramadorai, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (Keynote) (6th gen)
  • Lisanne Cape Dorian, Bacardi Ltd. (Keynote) (7th gen)
  • William O. DeWitt III, St. Louis Cardinals (Keynote)
  • Tom Stillman, St. Louis Blues (Keynote)
  • Carolyn Kindle Betz, St. Louis CITY SC (Keynote)
  • George H. Walker, Neuberger Berman LLC (Keynote) (employee owned)


  • Gina Hoagland, Collaborative Strategies
  • Josh Hager, Hager Hinge Co. (7th gen)
  • Chris Seyer, Seyer Industries Inc. (2nd gen)
  • Kevin Maher, St. Charles Automotive (3rd gen)
  • Professor Peter Boumgarden, Olin School of Business
  • David Eichhorn, NISA (employee owned)
  • Michael Dierberg, First Bank (3rd gen)
  • Professor Seth Carnahan, Olin School of Business

Past Events

Explore past events hosted by the Koch Center.

Available Media

Please find below a small subset of material from our community-facing events!