"I attend a fair amount of networking events. This Women in Family Business was one of the best I've ever been to! I'm a big fan of the speaker, Susan Dench anyway, but wanted you to know I loved the energy and what we learned!"
Tom Chappell, Ramblers Way
Tom Chappell, eco-entrepreneur and co-founder of Tom’s of Maine (the leading producer of environmentally-friendly personal care products in America) used his personal quest for meaning as a springboard for a new management style that emphasizes spiritual values as the basis for real commercial success. Chappell and his company have proven that working people at every level can realize personal values and meaning in their jobs without compromising excellence, and competitiveness. Click here to learn more.
Chappell is a founder and was the CEO of Tom’s of Maine, a company that makes toothpaste and other personal-care products from all-natural ingredients. He and his wife, Kate Chappell, started the company over 45 years ago with a $5,000 loan. The company is based in Kennebunk, Maine and is currently a division of multinational conglomerate Colgate-Palmolive. Tom's of Maine has approximately 150 employees. Chappell believes that companies should be first accountable not to shareholders but to employees, customers, and the environment. When companies heed “the spirit,” the bottom line will take care of itself! He spelled out this philosophy in The Soul of a Business: Managing for Profit and the Common Good (1993) and now repeats his message.
This time, though, he details seven steps—or intentions—that companies should follow: connect to the power of goodness, know thyself, envision your destiny, seek advice, venture out, constantly assess, and share! Chappell argues that most companies must reorient themselves to take these steps, and he advises what sort of leadership is necessary to do so. Click here to learn more.
Diane L. Dunton, M.S., Potential Released Consulting
Her book, Living, Learning, Healing: Inspirational Stories from the Heart(Rainbow River Press, February 2017), invites readers to let go of limiting thoughts and behaviors and embrace possibility. This collection of nonfiction essays for reflection and inspiration is accompanied by Diane's own Maine nature photography and a section for personal journaling.
Diane earned both her B.S. in Business Administration and M.S. in Clinical Counseling at the University of Southern Maine. She has specialized training with National Training Labs, the Gestalt Institute, the Center for Creative Leadership and the University of Michigan’s Organizational Career Development and the Center for Reengineering Leadership programs. Her business and management articles and work on organizational development and leadership have been widely published in both the United States and the United Kingdom. She is a contributor to the American Society for Training and Development’s Team and Organizational Development Sourcebook, which is used nationally by human resource professionals.
Active in the Maine business, arts and wellness communities, she has served on the nonprofit boards of the American Society for Autism Treatment and the Good Shepherd Food Bank, and donated her time to the Dempsey Cancer and Community Center, and the Tri for A Cure and Relay for Life cancer fundraisers. Diane lives by the water with her husband in the Lakes Region of Southern Maine. Click here to learn more.
Brenda A. Fontaine, Fontaine Family - The Real Estate Leader
The Limitless Real Estate Leader is a heartwarming motivational business book. Yes, it's title suggests that it is just for Realtors®, but in fact this book is an incredible instruction kit for anyone who wants to run a small business as well as for corporate types. You will learn how to treat people to get the best from them. You will also learn how to embrace the strengths of the individuals on your team in order to provide the best benefit to your customer.
Fontaine never went to college, but knew at an early age that she wanted to have a career at which she could be successful. The unique aspect of her story is that Fontaine lacked self-confidence, even though, at almost every endeavor she tackled, she became exceptional. She battled through whatever fear she may have had about a particular task or undertaking. She put one foot in front of another and continued her progress toward her goal!
As a result, she has built one of the most successful real estate enterprises in the country. That's not simply an unfounded boast. Anyone can check the numbers to see that Fontaine Family - The Real Estate Leader, is one of the best in the business. This book shows you how Brenda got there, and provides numerous lessons for life and business. Click here to learn more.
Kevin Hancock, Hancock Lumber
"WHAT BRINGS YOU HERE?" the old jewelry maker asked. Moments later, Kevin found himself alone again by the red wooden sign depicting the massacre that occurred here so long ago. As Kevin stood, absorbing the soft wind that always seems to blow on the northern plains, he reflected on the strange sequence of events that had brought him to this lonely place, and how an old Lakota woman he had just met, an evolutionary astrologist he had never met, and a rare voice disorder he had never heard of had joined forces to make him stop, look inward, and think.
NOT FOR SALE: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse is a unique iconoclastic memoir that traces one businessman's journey deep into Indian country, and even deeper into his own soul. In a corporate world hallmarked by the never-ending quest for bigger, better, more, this CEO of one of America's oldest family businesses contemplates an organizational structure where the goal is to do less, not more. In a 24/7 internet- wired world consumed with roles, responsibilities, and external accomplishments, Kevin learns to look inward for meaning and purpose. Through a series of successive, solo trips to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Kevin learns many powerful lessons.
In a modern-day adventure strikingly similar to the ancient Lakota Vision Quest rite, Kevin separates from his own tribe for the purpose of seeking a deeper sense of self. Along the way, Kevin comes to be thankful for the partial loss of his own speaking voice as he learns it was his soul's way of getting him to stop working, stop leading, stop caretaking. In losing consistent access to his voice, Kevin discovers a pathway, a calling, to strengthening the voices of others, which he uses to think differently about the future of Pine Ridge, the future of Hancock Lumber, and the future of tribes everywhere. Click here to learn more.
Jane Hilburt-Davis, Key Resources, LLC
The family enterprise, whether an operating business, a family office, or both, is the backbone of the US and international economies. These enterprises cut across industries and geographies and can be first-generation entrepreneurial companies or multi-generational businesses with family offices. This book offers a foundation in and understanding of how family enterprises work, including working definitions and the key characteristics of family enterprises, as well as useful concepts for working with and in family enterprises, either as a professional or as a family member.
Consulting to Family Businesses: A Practical Guide to Contracting, Assessment, and Implementation
Consulting to Family Businesses, co-authored by Jane Hilburt-Davis and W.Gibb Dyer, Jr. has been described by reviewers as "…a true gift for those who are entering the field of advising to family businesses or those who have been at it for years. It is comprehensive and thoughtful, a true benchmark for the subject of the consulting process with family owned businesses".
Other praise includes, "Finally, a book that is practical yet thought-provoking and not afraid to address difficult issues and topics. Hilburt-Davis and Dyer have made a seminal contribution to the field of family business consulting." Click here to learn more.
Dana Morris-Jones, Ph.D., The Delphi Group
Derek Volk, Volk Packaging Corporation
In Chasing the Rabbit: A Dad's Life Raising a Son on the Spectrum, Derek Volk shares his experiences raising a son on the Autism spectrum. Both Dylan and Derek write about the challenges, triumphs and coping strategies from the early days to the adolescent years to life in the "real world" as a young adult. This book showcases the unique relationship between a father and his son who has spent his entire life chasing the rabbit. Click here to learn more.