2023 “It’s All Relative” Family Business Symposium

We are excited to announce the 2nd annual It’s All Relative Family Business Symposium hosted by the Ole Miss Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship September 14-15, 2023 at the Sheraton Flowood The Refuge Hotel & Conference Center!

Mission Statement

While facing unique challenges, family businesses are vital to the economic and social fabric of Mississippi. The UM CIE Family Business Symposium aspires to be an open forum where leaders, family members, and employees from family businesses from a variety of industries can share their concerns and questions in order to learn best practices from knowledge leaders, enabling them to grow and to continue their businesses across generations.

Event Schedule

Thursday, September 14 | Sheraton Flowood Junior Ballroom

10:00 am      Check-In
10:30 am      Opening Remarks and Welcome by Amy Walker and Dr. Clay Dibrell
10:45 am      Foundational Best Practice Frameworks: Dr. Justin Craig of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
11:30 am      Lunch
12:15 pm      Case Study (I) with Oscar, Caleb and Elizabeth Ann Miskelly of Miskelly Furniture
1:00 pm       Keynote Speaker - Hu Meena, CEO of C Spire
2:00 pm       Coffee Break with Sponsors
2:30 pm       Case Study (II) with Doug Hederman of Hederman Brothers Printing
3:20 pm       Sponsor Panel moderated by Dr. Clay Dibrell
                   Marc Littlecott - UM Development
                   Bruce Walt - HORNE, LLP
                   Donna Bruce - FORVIS, LLP
                   Jordan Bryan - Ross & Yerger
                   Matt Thornton - Butler Snow Advisory
                   Lauren Wilson Reeves - Wilson Kia
4:25 pm       Case Study (III) with Chip Crunk of RJ Young
5:30 - 7:00 pm           Reception

Friday, September 15 | Sheraton Flowood Junior Ballroom

8:00 am       Check-In and Breakfast
8:45 am       Revisit Day One Learnings: Liza Cirlot Looser and Dr. Clay Dibrell
9:00 am       Case Study (IV) with Jamie Holder of Hol-Mac
9:45 am       Break
10:00 am      Keynote Speaker - Dr. Justin Craig "Continuity Model Generation"
11:15 am      Family Business Research w/ Drs. Justin Craig and Clay Dibrell
12:00 pm      Departure (Lunch To-Go)

Steve Grantham, Jr. interviews with Paul Gallo of SuperTalk Mississippi

Event Registration

Early bird rate until Friday, August 18, 2023: $499/person (Additional guests in the same registration group: $399/person)

After Friday, August 18, 2023: $749/person (Additional guests in the same registration group: $399/person).

Hotel Registration

Sheraton Flowood – The Refuge Hotel & Conference Center

Book Online

Booking by phone: (769) 209-6981

Become A Sponsor

The mission of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is to inspire students at The University of Mississippi to create innovative businesses through excellent teaching, exceptional service, and world-class research. Overall, our purpose is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to become successful entrepreneurs who create innovative companies that provide valuable services, products, and employment. We execute this mission by:

  1. Providing student entrepreneurship education through focused degreed major and minor programs.
  2. Supporting student opportunities to develop their entrepreneurial ventures through competitions and experiential learning opportunities.
  3. Encouraging and stimulating world-recognized entrepreneurship research.

View Sponsorship Packet

Official Invitation

Inaugural “It’s All Relative” Family Business Symposium

Legacy Leadership Program

Inquiries at ciefb@bus.olemiss.edu