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Aligning Stakeholders Around Sustainability: Anderson Tanoto

December 2022.

Anderson Tanoto saw the potential for his family business, Royal Golden Eagle (RGE), to become a leader in sustainability. Through his journey in transitioning the company into more sustainable practices, Tanoto learned that failure, perseverance, and equity are key ingredients to creating meaningful change.

Listen to Anderson Tanoto tell the story how RGE was founded by his father, became a global enterprise and then transitioned to a sustainability leader. With specific examples and insight from COP 21 and 22, Tanoto also shares tips for business leaders starting their own sustainability journeys.

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Kellogg Insightful Leader Webinar

What Are You Getting Into When You Join a Family Business? Jennifer M. Pendergast, John L. Ward Clinical Professor of Family Enterprise. June 2022.

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Webinar: Family Enterprise Global Survey on Generational Perspectives

Webinar international research "Family Enterprise Global Survey on Generational Perspectives: current and next-generation family business owners aren't so different after all". 12/09/2021. Jennifer Pendergast panelist.

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A Hard Reset on Purpose for Family Business: Adam Farver

Adam Farver's life-threatening accident left him facing frightening questions about his future. Adam took stock of his life before the accident, consulting his late great-grandfather and grandmother's wisdom: what would he do now? Listen as Adam tells the story of his realizations, recovery, and resetting his purpose.

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Embracing a Purpose You Never Thought Possible for Family Business: Stephanie Jackson and Kimberly Paxton-Hagner
Melissa Steiner, Stephanie Jackson and Kimberly Paxton-Hagner's road to family enterprise leadership started as a total surprise. Their father's sudden passing left a leadership gap, and the Paxton sisters had to ask themselves: What do we do? Listen as they discuss their trepidation and inspiration finding their purpose within their family enterprise, in roles they never thought they'd take on.

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Walking the Walk of Your Purpose: Kent Johnson

Highlights for Children has been an explicitly purpose-driven company from its inception. Purpose is so ingrained at Highlights for Children that the in-house newsletter is called The Purpose, and the company even has a Chief Purpose Officer! Listen as Kent describes steps he and his family enterprise have taken to ensure they serve their purpose in meaningful ways, even in the face of controversy.

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Vitalatte and Yorgus Laticinios: Enrico Leta

Enrico Leta and his cousins expected to continue to lead and work in their family enterprise, but they did not expect that the second generation - Enrico's father, aunts, and uncles - would decide the best future for their family business rested on leaving the third generation to find their own ventures. Learn how Enrico navigated a time of uncertainty and how he found success with his "best doable option."

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Creating a Thoughtful Legacy: Meghan Juday

Meghan Juday is among the fourth generation of leaders in her family enterprise. Currently the Chairman of the Board, she has faced challenges on a wide spectrum from the isolation of being a lone female Chairman to mitigating the shortage of trades professionals. Listen as Meghan discusses stewardship, "emotional returns," and the negative aspects of legacy.

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The Messy Business of Family, and Why It's Full of Purpose: Chris Herschend

Through working out conflict and building bridges, Chris, his siblings, and his cousins have been able to define both the family's and the enterprise's purpose. How have they cultivated the grace, courage, and shared purpose to overcome the obstacles all too common in family enterprise? Listen as he points to what we are "wired to do."

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KelloggInsight Podcast: Executive Presence - Do You Have It?

Some people just have a way about them. They walk into a room and everyone knows that they're a leader. Now, if you could only bottle that essence up and use it for yourself...

In this episode of The Insightful Leader, we hear from CFE professor Brooke Vuckovic about how to exude an executive presence that's all your own.

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HBR Webinar: Managing the Trickiest Parts of a Family Business

Serving on any board is hard. But being a board member of a family-owned business is even harder. That's because there can be conflicting agendas and taboos that family members want to avoid. Yet avoidance doesn't work and can undermine a board's effectiveness.

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The power of education: What do all family business leaders need to learn?

From LGA Lighthouse Podcast Series - For Family Business Success Across Generations. In this episode, Ivan Lansberg and Devin DeCiantis discuss education in the context of continuity with guest speaker Jennifer Pendergast from the Kellogg School of Management.

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John L Ward: The Most Curious Person I've Ever Met

Leaders from five different industries share how Professor Emeritus John Ward influenced them and their family enterprises during their time at Kellogg and beyond. These five different impacts provide lessons that all family business leaders can leverage.

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Andreas Kuster - An Entrepreneur in Search of a Family Business

In 2017, the Andreas & Charlotte Kuster family from Basel took over Swiss-based Jakob's Basler-Leckerly and continue to run it as a traditional family business. Through the Kuster family enterprise story, we explore three important and very relevant concepts to family IN Business today. Number one: passing on the entrepreneurial gene. Number two: selling off is not necessarily a sign of failure. Number three: what playing the long game requires.

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Anne Eiting Klamar: Being ME As A Family Business Leader

Anne Eiting Klamar had not been groomed to succeed her father in the family business. In fact, she embarked on an entirely different career. But when it turned out she needed to run the family business, she stepped into her father's shoes. And she quickly found out they didn't fit her.

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John Nelson: Family Business Or Family IN Business. That Is the Question

Through SEED Beauty, the Nelson family has disrupted both the traditional cosmetics company model and the notion of what it means to be a family in business.

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Todd Schurz: We're All In This Together - Whatever 'This' Is

It"s extremely rare for a fifth-generation family business to still be in the same industry they started out in. So, how 88-year-old family business Shurz Communications left the traditional communications industry without leaving any of their family members behind.They have to pivot, but as they pivot, how do they make sure none of the family members get left behind? Todd Shurz of Shurz Communications describes his family's successful transition to a new industry.

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The pandemic's effect on the food industry has been complicated.

So what have the past several months been like for the companies that supply businesses with food products?On this special episode of The Insightful Leader, Jennifer Pendergast, the director of Kellogg's John Ward Center for Family Enterprises, sits down with two executives from food flavoring producer Griffith Foods: CEO TC Chatterjee and chairman Brian Griffith.

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Adam Farver: For Longtime Family Businesses Like Pella Corporation, These Are Not "Unprecedented Times"

No matter how often we hear the phrase "unprecedented times" in reference to the coronavirus, fourth-generation family business Pella Corporation knows that they have seen times like these before. Chairman Adam Farver has dozens of examples of difficult situations and market downturns. Family businesses will lead the way through this not-unprecedented crisis.

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Rethinking Radio Flyer's Little Red Wagon Without Reinventing the Wheel

Soon after joining his multi-generational family owned business, Robert Pasin learned the company was in trouble. Though the company hadn't changed, consumer preferences had. How could they gain a competitive advantage without losing everything that made Radio Flyer an iconic part of Americans' childhood memories?

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