LMU Family Business  Entrepreneurship Conference 2021

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LMU Family Business Entrepreneurship Conference 2021

Join us for our first annual LMU Family Business Entrepreneurship Conference!

By LMU Family Business Entrepreneurship Center

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Friday, September 24, 2021 · 9:30am - 3pm PDT



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About this event


Join us for our first annual LMU Family Business Entrepreneurship Conference! This will be a truly exceptional event with an incredible lineup of speakers and panelists.

Don't miss the opportunity to hear top business leaders share their approaches to innovation, corporate social responsibility, governance, and the future of business.

Note: The conference will be 100% virtual. The morning sessions and the keynote address are accessible to everyone. The afternoon sessions and the in-person happy hour are for members of the LMU Family Business Entrepreneurship Center only.

  • LMU Family Business Entrepreneurship Member (COMPLIMENTARY)
  • Non- Member Family Business A family-owned business may be defined as any business in which two or more family members are involved and the majority of ownership or control lies within a family ($195 per Family)
  • Guests & Friends of the LMU Family Business Entrepreneurship Center ($195 per ticket)


9:30 a.m. | Opening Remarks

10 a.m. | Session One: Creativity and Innovation in Family Business

Fireside chat with RJ Melman, President of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises;

Moderated by Professor Sona Gala

Open to everyone

11 a.m. | Session Two: Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility

Panel discussion with Carol Choi, Founder United Exchange Corp. (UEC); Lisette Gaviña, Marketing Director, F. Gaviña & Sons, Inc; and Maya Patel, Executive Chair, Tarsadia Foundation

Moderated by Jean Santos, Vice President, BCR

Open to everyone

12 p.m. | Lunch and Keynote Address

Keynote address by Andrew Cherng, founder and Chairman, Panda Restaurant Group

Moderated by David Choi, Conrad N. Hilton Chair of Entrepreneurship

Open to everyone

1 p.m. | Session Three: Family Governance

Panel discussion with Anne Gifford Ewing, Senior Vice President, Capital Group; Ken Gilbert, President, BCR; and Dennis Parnagian, Fowler Packing;

Moderated by Bridget Kilroy, CEO of Global 51

Open to members only

2:00 p.m. | Session Four: Brand Communities and Family Reunions

An interactive workshop led by two beloved LMU Marketing Professors Mitch Hamilton and Julian Saint Clair

Open to members only

3 p.m. | Conference Close

5 p.m. | Happy Hour

Location TBA; Private event for members, invitations will be sent out separately

*Agenda subject to change

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