Family Business Entrepreneurship Program

Our mission is to help family enterprises innovate and thrive, thereby strengthening families, businesses, and communities. We do this by:

  1. Creating a collaborative community for family enterprises to connect and share best practices to strengthen the family and business.
  2. Expanding the entrepreneurial mindset in support of family enterprises
  3. Providing tangible resources & educational opportunities that empower family enterprises to grow, innovate, diversify, and achieve harmonious multigenerational success.
  4. Supporting the role of family enterprises in the broader community.

In partnership with Business Consulting Resources.

Key activities:

  • Professional Development Programs
  • Social Events
  • Peer Groups
  • Annual Retreat
  • Service: Supporting Student Family Business Club, internship programs, student consulting projects opportunities, and other service projects.
  • Thought Leadership
  • Research

LMU Family Business Entrepreneurship Conference

Friday, Sept. 23, 2022
LMU Playa Vista Campus

Join us for our second annual LMU Family Business Entrepreneurship Conference! This will be a truly special event with an exceptional lineup of speakers and panelists. Don't miss the opportunity to hear top thought leaders and business leaders share their approaches to emotional intelligence, innovation, family office investing, and governance.

  • 9 a.m. | Doors Open, Networking, and Light Breakfast

    Sponsors Tabling + Swag Giveaways

    9:30 a.m. | Opening Remarks - Emcee Professor Sona Gala

    Lee Andrews, Chair, LMU Family Business Entrepreneurship Advisory Board

    Dayle Smith, Dean, LMU College of Business Administration

    David Choi, Conrad N. Hilton Chair of Entrepreneurship

    Jean Santos, President, BCR

    10 a.m. | Keynote by David C. Bentall – “Emotional Intelligence for You and Your Family”

    David is a third-generation executive and educator, from Vancouver, After 2 decades working in the family’s real estate business, he has now spent the past 25 years serving other families as a family enterprise advisor. David is also co-founder of the Business Families Centre at UBC’s Sauder School of Business, and an award-winning author. His second book, Leaving a Legacy, is a practical and highly personal exploration of how to successfully navigate family business succession. His most recent book, Dear Younger Me: Wisdom for Family Enterprise Successors, will be presented at the conference.

    There will be time for Q&A.

    11 a.m. | Dear Younger Me

    Panelists will share personal reflections regarding what advice they would offer to their younger self, if they could only travel back in time, to share the wisdom and insights they have picked up along the way. This star studded panel will include Beatriz Porto of the famous Portos Bakery & Cafe, Dennis Parnagian of Fowler Packing, and Karen Dial of Drollinger Properties.

    Panel Moderator: David C Bentall

    12 p.m. | Lunch + Table Discussions

    Over lunch David C Bentall – will facilitate a thought provoking exercise, during which we will all be invited to share our own “Wisdom and Insights” as we look back, with the benefit of hindsight. (you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from yourself and your table mates!)

    1:15 p.m. | Coffee Break

    1:30 p.m. | Keeping the Entrepreneurial Mindset in Every Generation

    How can we keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive in family businesses? LMU Professor Alex Glosenberg will introduce his cutting-edge research on the entrepreneurial mindset and recommend strategies for enhancing it in ourselves and our future generations.

    2:30 p.m. | Fireside Chat | Growth Story of Porto’s

    Porto’s Bakery & Café has been a beloved bakery and restaurant for decades, but in recent years, it has embarked on a growth strategy that has significantly expanded its presence. The fireside chat will ask Beatriz Porto to reflect on the family business’ remarkable growth as well as the mindset and strategies it employed to successfully achieve their growth goals.

    Portos Snacks + Gavina Coffee Cart

    3:30 p.m. | Family Office: Investing in High Growth Ventures

    A panel on managing the family office with a special focus on investing in and growing a startup. Panelists will include representatives of King's Hawaiian, TYLT Ventures, and others.

    4:30 p.m. | Conference Close & Happy Hour

    Book signing with David C Bentall

    *Agenda subject to change 

Family Business Membership Application

To apply for membership, please complete this form.

Once you've been accepted as a member, please pay the membership fee.

  • $1495 for family membership (up to 3 family members per company) and $250 per additional member