Engaging Leaders

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 of people have attended these events, which include the annual Olin Family Enterprise Symposium hosted each spring at WashU Olin. The center’s 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 Koch Center’s Family Enterprise newsletter, which has information on these and related opportunities.

  • Executive Education

    Family enterprise executive immersion coming soon. The Koch Center is currently in the planning process with our board of advisors to refresh a new suite of family business-related executive education programs. Our current offerings include The Strategic Owner and PhilantropyForward. Moving beyond a traditional classroom experience, each program is about building a cohort of learners engaged in similar challenges over a year. The courses marry together the intimacy of the cohort with the rigors and precision of the business school classroom and Olin’s approach to research.

    The Strategic Owner: Beyond building tools for effective management, business owners must navigate strategic ownership of an asset for the long term. Our program addresses issues faced by owners and senior leaders of multi-generational family businesses to build strategic ownership competence and capability. Across the course of a year, The Strategic Owner program participants work alongside peer owners of closely -held businesses in sequential learning experiences in the classroom, interim coaching/networking sessions and experiential offerings in the field. All this is to build a more strategic approach to ownership for their entity.

    Enroll now for 2024.

    In the fall of 2023, the center launched a bespoke executive education program on strategic philanthropy. PhilanthropyForward is a partnership with WashU’s Chancellor’s office and the guidance of Initiative Director, Margaret Schnuck Rogers. The program marries together insights from distinct fields of philanthropy—measurement-focused models like effective altruism to trust-based philanthropy—and brings the resources of WashU to support individuals and families seeking to amplify their impact on the world. We hope it becomes a model of how places like Washington University can shape the world in new and distinct ways—a new way of being a university committed to impact.

    Enroll now for fall 2024.

  • Symposium

    We delve into topics that impact family businesses through special events, symposiums and seminars, including larger audience symposiums and smaller, more intimate engagements. Our immersive events include our annual Family Enterprise Symposium, now in its ninth year.

    Highlights of past themes and speakers include:

    • Continental Grain Company and the Innovation of Food Building and Evolving a Strategic Family Enterprise with Paul Fribourg, Chairman and CEO, and Jordana Fribourg, Chief Talent Officer of Conti, plus Conti Executive Team Dave Peacock, Chief Operating Officer; Bob Golden, Chief Strategy Officer; Ari Gendason, Chief Investment Officer
    • Culture and Family Business with S. Ramadorai, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. and Lisanne Cape Dorian, Bacardi Ltd.
    • Family Enterprise in Capital Markets with Bryon Trott, BDT Capital (Investment Banker); Chrissy Taylor, COO, Enterprise Holdings (3rd gen); John Kemper, President, Commerce Bank (6th gen); Todd Schnuck, President, Schnucks Markets (2nd gen)

  • learn.WashU

    learn.WashU is an online platform for the Olin community which allows real time sharing of relevant insights specific to the family enterprise space. Join our online learning community for networking and engagement in the digital sphere, and capture real-time examples of ownership strategies relevant to your family enterprise.