The Family Business Alliance Presents Program on Family Business Communication on April 16 at Wilkes University

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The Family Business Alliance of Wilkes University presents a half-day program, “Improve Family Business Communication, on April 16 at Wilkes University. The program, presented by family business experts in fields such as accounting, law, communications, psychology, succession planning and more, will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the ballroom of the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St. in Wilkes-Barre. The public may attend the program as a free trial session before joining the Family Business Alliance.

The program begins with networking at 8 a.m. and presentations start at 8:30 a.m. The first presentation, “Parameters for Healthy Family Connection,” will be given by Patricia Fox, clinical psychologist from Clarks Summit, Pa.

Gary Plaster, principal, and Erich Bergen, director, both of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, will present “Is Your Business Ready for Transition? A Family Assessment” from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.

A panel discussion titled “What Works/What Does Not Work in Running a Family Meeting,” begins at 10:30 a.m. The panel includes Steven Roth, attorney at Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald LLP;  Daniel Haggerty, attorney and president of PJM Productions in Clarks Summit, Pa.; Bill Corcoran, president of Corcoran Printing in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; and Gerard Donnellan, business advisor and consulting psychologist.

Keynote speaker Donnellan will present “Family Secrets and Ghosts” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donnellan is a family business advisor and consulting psychologist who focuses on family dynamics, succession planning and governance issues. He is also an adjunct professor at Boston College and the author of “Who Will Drive the Bus? Guidance for Developing Leaders in the Family Enterprise.”

For more information and to register, visit or contact Sue Reilly, executive director of the Family Business Alliance, at (570) 408-2120 or

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