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    19 – 20 March 2018 Hotel IBB Andersia, Poznań

    5th International Family Business Congress
    The power of a family tree. Strength of the relationships of business families




About the International Family Business Congress

International Family Business Congress is a very unique event in the world. We have created a special platform in order to exchange professional knowledge in the field of family business management. Here business practitioners meet scientists and professors and family business owners meet also Polish top entrepreneurs. The knowledge that we present every year at the Congress is based on the best business practices, which can be found all over the world. This event is really one of a kind. Come and become a part of the international community, which takes care of the business and the family!


International Family Business Congress is designed for those who care about the family businesses development. If you are:

  • An owner of a family business
  • A member of a family that runs a family business
  • A manager who works for a family business
  • A scientists, who is interested in family businesses
  • A journalistThis event is made for you!

Whom do we not dedicate the congress?

  • Business advisors
  • Insurance Agents
  • Lawyers
  • Corporate employees

Family business has 3 areas:

  • Business
  • Family
  • Ownership

Well managed family business is the one, that constantly develops and professionalizes those three areas. International Family Business Congress provides the knowledge of how to balance the development of family business that will last through generations and will be able to join the greatest and the oldest world family businesses.


International Family Business Congress is:

  1. An event that in 100% is dedicated to family businesses
  2. The international knowledge that is based on good practices of the largest family businesses in the world
  3. Speakers, who are business practitioners: Owners, Managers, Business family representatives
  4. The platform of exchanging knowledge and experience between business and science
  5. The presentation of the Family Business of the year

Every year we prepare our program trying to meet the needs and expectations of family businesses in the upcoming year. Every speech provides a very unique value for the participants. Entrepreneurs repeal the secrecy of the company’s and own success, researchers present the latest effects of their work and show advantages, foreign guests show how family businesses from their areas are coping with their problems. And that all is the knowledge that cannot be acquired from any book or a course and in addition it is served in a very unique atmosphere – atmosphere of family and business.

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Day 1

The main room

  • Time: 9:00 – 10:00 Registration

    Devices and headphones needed to listen to simultaneous translation will be handed in during registration period. Please take them from the stand, which will be placed right next to the reception desk.

  • Time 10:00 – 10:10 The power of a family tree. Strenght of the relationships of business families - Opening of the Congress

    Welcoming speech

    dr Adrianna Lewandowska, MBA – Family Business Instytute
    professor Maciej Stradomski – Family Business Instytute

  • Time 10:10 - 10:40 Prof. Peter May | Survival strategies for a disruptive environment

    – The surrounding conditions for entrepreneurship has changed throughout history.
    – The pace of this change is getting faster and faster today.
    – Family businesses must therefore be able to adapt their business models and, if necessary, completely change them within a few years.
    – They have to stick to their values and react innovatively to changing circumstances at the same time.

  • Time 10:40 - 11:40 Antoine Mayaud | Mulliez Family Business History - How to stimulate entrepreneurship in family enterprise``. The story of a family who step by step, became what it is today.

    – Giving priority to entrepreneurship at all generations,
    – Organising itself in a joint ownership with today more than 700 shareholders
    – Being deeply anchored in the social doctrine of the church which tells us that it is possible to be fair and efficient, through such actions as sharing the property with employees
    – Investing time and energy on the family side, by trying every day to keep family members as close to one another and as close as possible to the companies, through training, through learning expeditions, and by promoting family members as employees, entrepreneurs, or board members

  • Time 11:40 - 12:00 Coffee Break
  • Godzina 12:00 - 12:30 Zbigniew Leszek, Michał Leszek | Like smartphone like son - two generations of the Leszek family
  • Godzina 12:30 - 13:00 To be announced
  • Godzina 13:00 - 13:30 dr Adrianna Lewandowska | Succession of Jagiellonians vs succession of visioraries

    Ryszard Wtorkowski – President of the board, LUG S.A.
    Iwona Wtorkowska – HR Director, LUG S.A.
    Eryk Wtorkowski – Director of development, LUG S.A.
    Jakub Wtorkowski – Successor, Student Master Studies in Finance, LUG S.A.

  • Godzina 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch
  • Godzina 14:30 - 15:00 Richard Bergfors | Family Values in business. History of Bergfors family business - Max Premium Burgers

    – Family Businesses in Sweden – country background and advantages of running family-owned businesses
    – Bergfors family business history
    – Organizational culture – unique values of our family business
    – How we conducted business succession from 1st into 2nd generation
    – How to build an authority as family business successor?
    – Why we chose Poland as a market of expansion
    – What are the biggest similarities and the biggest differences between Polish and Swedish family business owners
    – Max Premium Burgers long-term plans and vision

  • Time 15:00 – 15:30 Tomasz Domogała | In a family business with own dreams. Diversification of business as a way of succession with passion
  • 16:00 - 16:45 PANEL SESSIONS

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Day 2

  • Time 9:00 - 10:00 FAMILY BUSINESS Magazine discussion panel
  • Time 10:00 - 10:20 Anna Gregorczyk | Innovativeness as a product of multi-generation teams: how to benefit from multi-generation teams to win in knowledge-based economy?
    1. How to create the best value proposition for the customer using input of all generations?
    2. Intellectual capital creation. How to expand growth mindset?
    3. Which techniques to use to stimulate initiative and creativity in multi-generation teams?
    4. Amazing results of cooperation of generations.
  • Godzina 10:20 - 10:35 Innovation - how do family businesses deal with it?
  • Time 10:35-10:50 TBA
  • Time 10:50-11:30 Coffe Break
  • Time 11:30-13:40 Workshops

    Workshops = three sessions

    1. 11:30 – 12:10 Session I
    2. 12:15 – 12:55 Session II
    3. 13:00 – 13:40 Session III


  • How to move forward and not bother, or about financing development
  • Not only subsidies, or how to use the available sources of development financing wisely? How to prepare for it?
  • Is it better to develop technologies alone, and maybe use cooperation with start-ups?
  • Can every development need be financed?

Domański Zakrzewski Palinka:

Grabowski i Wspólnicy: Succession with the participation of the family start-up

Succesor Academy workshop


  • Time 14:00 - 14:30 Adam Mokrsz | The courage to look int to the future -The values of the next generation at MOKATE
  • Godzina 14:30 - 15:30 Jan Kolański | Diversification of family business - the history of the family business Colian
  • Time 15:00 - 16:00 Lunch and farewell



dr Adrianna Lewandowska, MBA

President of Family Business Institute

One of the best strategic management and family business consultant in Poland.


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Dear participants of the Third International Family Business Congress!
In order to take care of your comfort during your stay at our event, we contacted several hotels in Poznan, which, on our request, prepared a special offer for you. We encourage you to make reservations of rooms as early as possible.


Family Business Institute
Paderewskiego 8, 61-770 Poznań
61 307 14 27