This weekend I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating (and being celebrated) for Mother’s Day surrounded by my family, including my dear Mom, sister, daughters, extended family AND grandbaby.

Over the past 26 years, it’s been my sacred privilege to guide women (and men) as they climb their Family Business Mountains. These women are presidents, managers, co-preneurs, shareholders, board directors, wives, mothers, grandmothers, and daughters. They also find themselves mediators and “middlers” between spouses, children, parents, siblings, cousins, managers, and board members and more. Plus they typically plan and host all the family dinners!

Many women are especially gifted at:

  • having patience and wisdom,
  • intuiting core issues and asking hard questions, &
  • having the courage and wisdom to name reality in ways that can be heard and appreciated by all.

As many of you know, I grew up in a family business, perhaps like yours, in which women played important roles. That being said, their counterparts did not recognize them for their leadership. Today, women lead businesses, government, religious and civic arenas, AND business families.

Like many of you, my leadership roles lie in many areas, unlike my mother’s generation. Currently I serve as a Family Business Advisor, the majory owner, and Managing Partner. In addition, I am a daughter, wife, mother, aunt, trustee, and now a grandmother! As our roles change, so do our needs. As women in family businesses move into more complex leadership roles, many yearn for learning and support spaces to understand the 5 Mountains, find their voices in the family business complexity, and provide essential leadership.

Opportunity for Women in Family Business

Indeed, women in family business find themselves in rather unique, precarious places. As women, we naturally love, nurture, and care for others. These characteristics are a fundamental part of who we are. So how do we help those we love navigate through family business confusion? How do we help ourselves? And how do we stay grounded, clear, and make a contribution?

At DVFBC our team commits to empowering, educating, and guiding women. We aim to help them enhance their skills, personally and professionally. Women leaders – both new and seasoned ones – benefit from the push and pull that peer groups provide to claim their strengths and growth areas and make a difference.

For more information about Women’s Leadership Labs, email Trina.

And in conclusion, join me in celebrating the amazing women in YOUR life!

Sally Derstine

Managing Partner, Senior Family Business Advisor

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