EY NextGenners Learn at Kellogg

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July 2015
Kellogg's Center for Family Enterprises (CFE) welcomed a group of 20+ students, ages 20-27, from 14 different countries, for a weeklong course through Ernst & Young's Family Business Center of Excellence called "EY NextGen Academy Advanced Program".

With its focus on building a next generation of entrepreneurs, the Kellogg professors' sessions provided much food for thought:

  • Ivan Lansberg on Family Business Leadership
  • Justin Craig on Family Enterprise Governance
  • Rob Wolcott on Innovation within the Family Business
  • Nicole Stephens on Negotiating within the Family and the Business
  • Lloyd Shefsky on Unconventional Rules for Success
A student from Portugal exuded, "The training exceeded my expectations from the very first minute. I had a great week with likeminded people, fantastic professors and inspirational EY professionals."

Lloyd Shefsky, Founder and Co-Director of the CFE, was academic director for the program. His ties to Ernst & Young are deep. In 1995, he received the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his support of entrepreneurship.

He pronounced the NextGen cohort "a particularly bright group of young adults, showing common interest and providing an eager audience. While they had all given considerable thought to exposure to their family businesses, this program helped facilitate their future deliberations and discussions and perhaps the focus of the rest of their lives."

Shefsky continued, "The organization of the week by Ernst & Young, Germany and US, and willing participation of excellent Kellogg faculty, made the program easy to manage and direct."

Peter Englisch, the Global Leader of EY's Family Business Center of Excellence, shared about the week at Kellogg, "Our program at Kellogg had an exceptional exquisite flow and spirit that kept participants highly committed and engaged. The line-up of professors and content was impressive--great proof that environment shapes behavior."