More than 125 academics and family business owners from 34 partner countries will participate in the 2010 Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) Global Summit at Babson College November 4-7, 2010.

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More than 125 academics and family business owners from 34 partner countries will participate in the 2010 Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) Global Summit at Babson College November 4-7, 2010.

The Babson Global STEP Project is an applied research initiative that explores the entrepreneurial process within business families and generates solutions that have immediate application for family leaders. 

Each year families who participate in the STEP Project are invited to join with academics for a STEP Summit. The Summit is a distinctive part of the STEP Project's applied research design, allowing the families to receive immediate value from the findings and the academics to better understand the needs of the families.

Student members of the Babson Family Enterprise Association are acting as personal hosts for visiting family members.

In a unique live learning model leveraging the research foundation of the event, session topics are designed based on themes emerging from the research and cross-regional teams are assigned to develop and deliver each session.

Summit sponsors are The Gilbane family, Habib Bank AG Zurich, Gaklis family, and Martiros family.

Friday, Nov. 5 Events

  • Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Experiential Exercise Heidi Neck, Leonard Schlesinger, Pramodita Sharma
  • Introducing Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Tim Habbershon
  • Celebrating 5 Years Of STEP: Family And Academic Voices Of LA, AP and Europe
  • Multigenerational Perspectives: Questions Never Dared to Ask Arist von Schlippe, Alberto Gimeno
    • Sr. Generation K. Ramachandran, Maria Teresa Roscoe
    • Jr. Generation Gonzalo Jimenez, Leilanie Mohd Nor, Alexis Komselis, Eric Clinton and Prapassorn Vannasathid
  • Answers To Questions Never Dared Asked: Multigenerational Debrief Arist von Schlippe, Alberto Gimeno, K. Ramachandran, Gonzalo Jimenez

Saturday, Nov. 6 Events

  • Transgenerational Entrepreneurial Families: Panel Discussion – Allan Cohen;
  • Ratner Family: Lauren and Ann Ratner, Ratner Companies; Stephanie Sonnabend and Antonia Ciccolo: Sonesta Hotels
  • Parallel Themes
    • Entrepreneurial Women in Family Firms -- Regional Leaders: Leilanie Mohd Nor, Patricia Silhy, Leif Melin and Ethel Brundin
    • Globalization of Entrepreneurial Family firms -- Regional Leaders: Tom Gura, Carole Howorth and Hiro Higashide
    • Maximizing Entrepreneurial Spirit across generations -- Regional Leaders: Lucia Naldi, Maria Fonseca, Justin Craig
  • Action planning with home country
  • Closing Session Pramodita Sharma and Robert Nason
Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., is recognized internationally as a leader in entrepreneurial management education. Babson grants BS degrees through its innovative undergraduate program, and grants MBA and custom MS and MBA degrees through the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Babson Executive Education offers executive development programs to experienced managers worldwide. For information, visit www.babson.edu.

By Michael Chmura, mchmura@babson.edu, 781-239-4549 | 11/04/2010 07:00