Managing Family Differences - Part I

16 May. 2019 16:00 - 18:00
Business & Career
Science and technology

Individuals in family businesses naturally bring different experiences, perspectives, and priorities to the table. Managing those differences, in order to encourage creativity and collaboration instead of damaging conflict, is a fundamental challenge for family businesses. This two-part practical series presents tools for family members to learn and practice to meet that challenge.

Part I May 16, 2019, 4:00 - 6:00 PM (Attend in-person or by video conference)

After an introduction to common causes of conflict in family enterprises, participants will learn and practice strategies and techniques to address them. Scenarios that frequently arise in family enterprises will provide opportunities to practice skills and receive feedback.

Part II June 13, 2019, 4:00 - 6:00 PM (Attend in-person or by video conference). Must registered seperately, here.

Building on the skills learned in Part I, participants will consider more difficult situations, which may include actual or potential conflicts in their own family enterprises. Participants will be able to rehearse and refine their approaches in a nonjudgmental setting.

NYCFEC sessions are small, private, neutral, inclusive and respectful of all parties, so you can feel safe about raising or discussing any of your challenges or questions throughout the sessions. At all NYCFEC sessions, we use first names, and you do not have to disclose your full name or provide any information about your family or family business during the session.

No sponsors, solicitation or commercial influence is permitted.

Space is very limited, so please sign up early to save your spot.


Family members from family businesses:

  • Whose Family Business is based in the NYC area, or
  • Whose Family Business is based elsewhere, but live in the NYC area  


**If you are a small family business owner, please fill out the contact form on our website with your information as you may be eligible for a scholarship. Limited availability. 

If you are a member of other NYC area non-profit business groups, you may also recieve a discount by filing out the contact form at the bottom of our website. Please include the non-profit business organization(s) your firm belongs to in the message box.

If you would like to join our community as a member or a NYCFEC Special Interest Group, please click here .


Jane Beddall is a a certified CINERGY® conflict management coach.  She is the Founder of Dovetail Resolutions, LLC, a mediation and consulting firm with a focus on preventing and resolving conflicts through facilitated family meetings and mediation for family businesses and extended families. She is a past President of the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution and past Co-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. In 2014, she was honored as a recipient of The Honorable Robert C. Zampano (a pioneer in mediation and alternative dispute resolution) Award for Excellence in Mediation. Ms. Beddall has taught a college course in Alternative Dispute Resolution and has taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of Connecticut School of Law (Moot Court). 

Ms. Beddall has been quoted in the New York Times “Wealth Matters” column on the benefits of using mediation to help intergenerational families and has written multiple articles on the topics of conflict prevention and conflict management.  Ms. Beddall is a member of Family Firm Institute, the International Association of Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises (AFHE) and the Purposeful Planning Institute. She holds FFI Certificates in Family Business Advising and Family Wealth Advising. She holds a BA in Economics from Trinity College and an MA in Public Policy Analysis, with a concentration in conflict resolution, from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her JD, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.