The Center for Private Business is committed to helping address the issues and needs faced by privately owned business leaders. A primary tool used to achieve this goal is the Business Leader Forum program. Forums provide leaders with the opportunity to connect, learn and grow personally and professionally in a safe, confidential environment. Forums consist of a diverse mix of 8-10 business leaders who face similar types of challenges, but who are likely to have differing perspectives to contribute to their peers.
Once the members of a potential Forum have been identified, a full day Forum Launch is scheduled with an experienced Forum resource who will guide the group in developing a common vision, shared expectations, meeting format, meeting schedule, and members also learn how to maintain Forum confidentiality. Forum leadership is also determined at the Launch. Business Leader Forums are self-led by a peer-selected moderator who follows a proven Forum communication and meeting protocol, with ongoing support from the Center for Private Business.
The Center for Private Business also offers a Transition Forum opportunity for individuals who are in the process of or considering transitioning out of their business. Transition Forums follow the same meeting agenda and communication protocol.
Factors Considered in Determining Membership in a Business Leader Forum Include:
Scope of responsibility
Size of organization
Each forum typically meets monthly for 4-5 hours at a location determined by the Forum, and holds an annual retreat.