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Expert Faculty

Our internationally recognized faculty are actively engaged in their respective fields as advisors, consultants, educators, therapists, attorneys and wealth managers.

Video

Connect with students from around the world. Each course includes self-paced online lessons and concludes with a capstone seminar with faculty and other students via video conferencing.

Library

Download required readings, cases, a comprehensive glossary, and supplementary materials for each course.

Online Courses

Designed for busy professionals, our online courses provide 24/7 access to lessons, readings, case studies, discussion boards and more.

Upcoming courses

Courses are open year round and can be started anytime at least 3 weeks prior to the final capstone webinar. FFI GEN courses can be taken individually or for credit toward earning a Certificate in Family Business (CFBA) or Family Wealth Advising (CFWA). Current online courses open for enrollment are listed here. To learn more about Certificate Programs go here.


GEN 101: Understanding Families in Business & of Wealth

Understanding Families in Business and Families of Wealth. This course provides a foundation and understanding of: the nature of family enterprises; useful concepts and theoretical frameworks that apply to your work with family enterprises; a framework for identifying the types of professionals who work with family enterprises as well as the important component of multidisciplinary teamwork.

  • 1 Lessons
  • Required for CFBA & CFWA
  • Online
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GEN 201: Family Enterprise Advising and Consulting

  • Webinar date: March 23, 2015

Family Enterprise Advising and Consulting: The action research model as applied to family enterprise. This course provides a foundation in and understanding of: how to deploy a family business consulting model that has its foundations in action-research methodology; what it means to ‘be in the room’ with clients through scenarios depicted by actors portraying four of the basic steps of the consulting process; the skills needed for working effectively with family enterprise client systems during the change process; how to…

  • 4 Lessons
  • Required for CFBA
  • Online
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GEN 501: Myths, Realities, and Trends

  • Webinar date: March 24, 2015

Myths, Realities, and Trends in the Field of Family Enterprise. This course provides an understanding of: the trends and latest in family enterprise research and practice; the challenge to the persistent myth of shirtsleeves-to-shirtsleeves in three generations; the areas in several topics (women in family enterprises, governance, conflict management, and leadership transition) where researchers and consultants agree and where they differ; generational differences and their impact on family enterprises.

  • 5 Lessons
  • Required for CFBA & CFWA
  • Online
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GEN 502: Family Governance in the Family Enterprise

  • Webinar date: March 25, 2015

Family Governance in the Family Enterprise: A key structural element in family enterprise governance. This course provides a foundation and understanding of: the nature of family enterprise governance, its core concepts and functions; unique challenges and opportunities encountered by professionals developing family governance in family enterprises; practical tools needed to build family governance; through actual case studies, the skills needed to assist families in designing and implementing a family governance system throughout several life cycle stages.

  • 4 Lessons
  • Required for ACFBA & ACFWA
  • Online
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GEN 102: Self in Systems

  • Webinar date: March 26, 2015

Self in Systems: Systemic thinking, genograms and the role of the family enterprise advisor This course provides a foundation in and understanding of: the nature of systems concepts and systems thinking; the genogram as useful tool in understanding client systems; the genogram as a useful tool for better understanding professionals and how their experiences influence the work they do with family enterprises; professional growth and development, a topic that includes learning more about yourself in order to work more effectively…

  • 5 Lessons
  • Required for CFBA & CFWA
  • Online
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GEN 202: Families of Wealth

  • Webinar date: March 27, 2015

Families of Wealth: A multidisciplinary approach. This course provides a foundation in and understanding of: how to deploy a family business consulting model that has its foundations in action-research methodology; what it means to ‘be in the room’ with clients through scenarios depicted by actors portraying four of the basic steps of the consulting process; the skills needed for working effectively with family enterprise client systems during the change process; how to use your own skills through interactive feedback sessions…

  • 4 Lessons
  • Required for CFWA
  • Online
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GEN 503: The Professional’s Toolbox

  • Webinar date: October 21, 2015

The Professional’s Toolbox: The what, why, and how of assessments in family businesses. This course provides: an overview of family business assessment tools; insights into what to look for, look out for and how to choose family business assessment tools; methods for identifying risks and benefits, challenges and opportunities for professionals using family business assessments; “hands on” exercises for using assessment tools and discussing them with family business clients

  • 1 Lessons
  • Required for ACFBA
  • In person
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