Our Peer Groups are designed specifically for Leaders of Enterprising Families.

For over 30 years our 5 MOUNTAIN Peer Groups have provided invaluable education, support and accountability for key leaders in Enterprising Families. Our Peer Group leaders are carefully selected to lead these safe, confidential, yet challenging circles of learning which address the most complex strategic and relational issues facing Enterprising Families.

Our meetings focus on the specific learning goals of our members who learn from each other’s as well as from Executive Resources who have deep experience and expertise in the skills and processes which undergird strong 5 MOUNTAIN systems and team development. Peer Group membership also includes customized Coaching and may also include professional assessments to guide professional development.

See below for more information on Peer Groups based on the many overlapping roles played by family and non-family members in the family business.


A peer group for Owners/Executives of enterprising families. Unlike other peer groups, our Peer Group for Owners/Executives is designed exclusively for men and women who share the uncommon complexities, responsibilities, and satisfactions of leading Enterprising Families. We systematically guide members through assessing and enhancing the key systems that drive family enterprises' success. Due to the inherent complexities and overlaps of the 5 MOUNTAINS, our Peer groups also support the development of Emotional Intelligence competencies such as self-awareness, self-regulation, conflict transformation, collaboration, and mutual accountability.

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Rising Generation

A peer group for anyone in the Rising Generation, or Next Generation, looking to develop as leaders in a family business. These leaders are navigating transition as the time has come to step up in their leadership (regardless of the 5 MOUNTAINS they are in) while also respecting the letting go process of the Leading Generation. We spend time developing self-awareness, communication, and personal leadership skills and listening and learning from others who are navigating similar experiences.

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Women in Family Business

A peer group for women, designed around the particular challenges women face in a family business system. Whether your role is in the Family, Shareholder, Board, and/or the Management Mountain, this group is about learning, listening, and leaning on one another as you develop your voice and skills.


Family Governance

A peer group to connect, educate, and empower Shareholder/Family Leaders who hold leadership responsibilities for family members' personal and professional development to be well prepared to contribute effectively in any or all the 5 MOUNTAINS, now or in the future. These leaders usually guide the development of Charters, Policies, and Processes of the Family MOUNTAIN team and/or the Shareholder MOUNTAIN team. They also share responsibilities to support cross-MOUNTAIN communication, collaboration, and accountability for the common good of their families, their enterprises, and their communities.

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As a Peer Group member, you will:

  • Learn from Business Leaders Navigating Similar Complexities, Challenges, Opportunities
  • Learn the 5 MOUNTAIN® Process & How It Applies to Your Family Business
  • Build Personal Leadership Skills
    • Self-Awareness
    • Communication
    • Credibility
    • Intention
    • Consistency
    • Confidence
    • Delegation
  • Gain Clarity on Your Role Using Our Success Profile Tool
  • Set Annual Goals with our Annual Growth Plan
  • Gain Accountability from Peers and Experienced Facilitator

Peer Group membership includes both group processing and individual coaching.

Questions or for more information

Contact Sally at 215.723.8413, or email Sally@dvfbc.com.