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Fisher Next Gen Program Info: Chart Your Family Business Leadership Journey

February 15, 2024

Guest post from Greater Rochester Chamber member St. John Fisher University

Image previewSt. John Fisher University is currently enrolling a new cohort for its Next Generation Leadership Institute, designed to prepare next generation family employees for leadership roles in their family enterprises.

The Institute features a cohort-based model to equip next generation family business members (primarily ages 25-40, although all ages are welcome) with leadership skills and business acumen to advance their careers and expand their position within their family firm. Led by Fisher faculty and community leaders with expertise in family business, the Institute includes monthly sessions that provide deep dives into developing leadership skills for the participant and for their family’s business.

It also includes confidential peer group faculty-facilitated sessions and 1:1 leadership development coaching.  Live case studies are offered by regional family firm leaders allowing participants to apply their learnings and have the opportunity to ask questions and increase their professional rolodex.

“Our Institute is a unique leadership development offering for next gens, including elements that we know help them develop their leadership skills, including research-based content; faculty with real world experience and academic discipline training; family business CEO-led live case studies and tours to facilitate opportunities for intimate discussions; and a peer group that supports next gens to know they are not alone and have peers who are invested in their success,” said Dr. Carol Wittmeyer, director of the Family Business Program. “Attendees will complete the Institute with state-of-the-art family business leadership content, a personal strategic plan they have presented to their peers and faculty, and a robust peer and professional network to support their future plans.”

The Institute will kick-off in March. From there, participants will engage in 10 in-person sessions held on campus throughout the year. Upon completion of the Institute, cohort members will earn a St. John Fisher University Executive Education Certificate.

Enrollment in the Institute is $6,000 and can be completed online through March 1, 2024. For more information, visit the Institute website or email


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