Speakers

New England Family Business Conference

2017

 

Keynote Speaker

Family Business: A Survival Guide

Howdy Holmes, CEO of Chelsea Mills, a four generation family business and maker of “Jiffy Mix” products.

Few family businesses are as well-known – and as its CEO puts it “boring” – as “Jiffy Mix” products. And that is something Howdy Holmes, CEO of Chelsea Mills, a four-generation family business and maker of “Jiffy Mix” products, is very proud of.

Howdy’s story is a unique one and you can hear all about it at the 2017 Family Business Conference when he joins us as our keynote speaker. After a twenty-year career Indy car career where he was named “Rookie of the Year” at the Indy 500, Howdy returned to run his 100-year old family business to re-energize the Jiffy brand and most importantly continue a long tradition of treating all his employees like family.

Matt Allen

Matt Allen

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Babson College

Mark J. Anderson

Mark J. Anderson

Head of Fiduciary Services, Wilmington Trust, N.A.

Ted Clark

Ted Clark

Executive Director, Northeastern University Center for Family Business

Bruce F. Hoffmeister

Bruce F. Hoffmeister

Director of Wealth and Fiduciary Planning Wealth Advisory Services, Wilmington Trust, N.A.

James Mamary Sr.

James Mamary Sr.

Founder and President of Royal Health Group

 

James Mamary Jr.

James Mamary Jr.

Executive Vice President of Royal Health Group

 

Family Business Awards

2017

 

Keynote Speaker

Family Business: A Survival Guide

Howdy Holmes, CEO of Chelsea Mills, a four generation family business and maker of “Jiffy Mix” products.

Few family businesses are as well-known – and as its CEO puts it “boring” – as “Jiffy Mix” products. And that is something Howdy Holmes, CEO of Chelsea Mills, a four-generation family business and maker of “Jiffy Mix” products, is very proud of.

Howdy’s story is a unique one and you can hear all about it at the 2017 Family Business Conference when he joins us as our keynote speaker. After a twenty-year career Indy car career where he was named “Rookie of the Year” at the Indy 500, Howdy returned to run his 100-year old family business to re-energize the Jiffy brand and most importantly continue a long tradition of treating all his employees like family.

Outstanding Women of Family Business

2018

 

Guest Speaker

Unleashing Your Superpowers

Janet Kraus, CEO of Peach

Janet Kraus is the CEO of Peach which was founded on the simple, yet big idea, that a
lifestyle brand could help women “elevate their everyday.” Our mission is to be a force
for good for women by helping them to thrive personally and professionally. Peach
brings its mission to life in three important ways:
1. We marry awesome athletic fabrics with sophisticated design to deliver
contemporary, insanely comfortable apparel for work, gym and play. Our versatile
style boosts confidence and simplifies dressing every day.
2. We provide women (our stylists) with the opportunity to launch their own fashion
business with none of the financial risk. We offer all the tools, training and our unique
personal development program called THRIVE, as well as a very supportive
community of peers.
3. We showcase two to three under-discovered, female-founded accessory brands each
season, providing them with a national platform for exposure and growth through our
stylists, website and social media.
Janet is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Harvard Business School and was a
member of the entrepreneurship faculty at HBS from 2010 to 2014.
Prior to her role at Peach and HBS, Janet co-founded and sold two companies in the
high-end travel and leisure industry. Circles (sold to Sodexo in 2007) is a concierge and
events company, and Spire (sold to Perfect Escapes in 2010) was a high-end travel and
leisure social resource.
As an entrepreneur and CEO, Janet has been involved in every stage of the
entrepreneurial process including idea generation, product development, building teams,
fund raising, identification of key strategic partners, business development and direct
sales, operational scaling, crisis and recovery, buying and exiting companies.
She and the companies she has lead or advised have been profiled in the Wall Street
Journal, Fortune, Fortune Small Business, the New York Times. She has been a speaker
at conferences and educational institutions on the subjects of entrepreneurship,
innovation, leadership, building teams, vision, values leadership, happiness and life
planning.
Janet is a recipient of Boston’s 40 under 40 and was a finalist of Ernst and Young’s
Entrepreneur of the Year. Circles was awarded the Small Business of the Year Award by
the Chamber of Commerce.
Janet received a BA from Yale University in Political Science and an MBA from the
Stanford Graduate School of Business.An entrepreneur’s advocate, Janet sits on the
board of directors of three start-up companies and advises many others. She currently
lives outside of Boston with her husband and 10-year-old twin daughters.

Keynote Speaker

Leading Effectively: Unique Challenges for Women Managing Family-Owned Businesses

Janice DiPietro, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Exceptional Leaders International (E.L.I.)

Woman often face unique challenges in managing family controlled enterprises. According to the Conway Center for Family Business, nearly a quarter of family-owned businesses are led by a female CEO and nearly 60% of all family businesses have women in top management. This trend of female leadership is increasing at an accelerated pace. However, female leaders often confront workplace bias and potential communication hurdles rooted in the family’s shared history. Similarly, dissent among family members frequently exists.  These are certainly issues confronted by male leaders as well, but often more difficult to navigate for women even while they are acknowledged for their skills and talents.

In this presentation, Janice DiPietro, founder and CEO of Exceptional Leaders International (E.L.I), addresses how women leaders can lead effectively in a family controlled business.  She will discuss using systems and techniques to drive growth, build unity and lead through change.  Janice will review the traits of an effective leader along with how to gain respect and maintain family harmony.  The importance of open communications and role definitions for company owners, board members and leadership will be highlighted as well. Finally, Janice will review the importance of assessing and managing through your own shortcomings to ensure leadership success.

Driven by a passion for helping people and organizations succeed, Janice has successfully led and consulted to companies for over 25 years. She has experience in many diverse and complex industries, including technology, life sciences, and business services. Janice founded E.L.I. to channel that passion and experience in a powerful new way, bringing together an exceptional team of business veterans to guide organizations, many of whom are family owned and women led through their most critical transitions.

A serial entrepreneur Janice has successfully grown and exited a number of business since launching her career as a “fast tracker” at Ernst & Young. Working with family owned businesses and women leaders reflects Janice’s two loves – her family and helping businesses succeed.  She knows first hand the joys and tribulations of leading a family owned business as E.L.I. is family owned and is based on experience gained from directly leading and serving many other family controlled businesses.

Janice holds an MBA and doctoral degree from Boston University where she uniquely combined advanced studies in business with psychology leading to a focus on expert decision making.  She graduated summa cum laude from Bentley University with a BS in Accountancy. She also lecturers and publishes on a variety of business topics and serves as a board member for several profit and nonprofit organizations. Her commitment to advancing women in leadership is evident not only in the services provided by E.L.I. but Janice’s leadership roles and volunteerism at such organization as the Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England and the Bentley Center for Women in Business.

Family first, Janice enjoys spending time with her husband of 38 years and their expanding family — including two incredibly energetic grandchildren! An avid beach-goer, she takes full advantage of the beautiful New England coastline as often as possible.