FOX Family Advisor Training Program

The FOX Family Advisor Training Program will equip wealth advisors and family office professionals with the qualitative skills needed to meet the demands of increasingly complex client relationships and to develop the talent in your own team. Through a unique inside-out-approach, you will work on self-discovery and develop self-mastery to improve how you lead others – both your clients and your team.

Program Dates

May 4-5, 2022, Chicago, IL + Virtual Modules April 13, 27, and June 8

What to Expect

A paced learning approach with a cohort of peer advisors and family office professionals that begins with two virtual prep sessions, followed by a two day in-person intensive learning program, and concludes with a virtual application and accountability session.

  • Learn to adapt your communication style to build trust and long-term relationships with clients and to lead your team.
  • Understand emotional intelligence to effectively navigate professional relationships and the  emotions of others.
  • Cultivate fundamental coaching skills to guide individuals and coordinate multi-disciplinary client and family office teams.
  • Develop an understanding of the stages of organizational change and the impact it has on people.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding on how to develop and prepare the rising generation for ownership and leadership within the family enterprise.
  • Connect qualitative skills with financial skills to move into a “coaching role” with the client.
  • Understand the fundamentals of family systems. Gain ability to effectively identify and navigate complex family relationships.
  • Build ability to foster trust-building behaviors among family members that improves decision-making.
  • Curated resources and tools to manage your client relationships and advisory teams.

    Who Should Attend

    Registration is open to advisors and family office professionals with recurring interaction with families involving complex issues, such as family dynamics, rising gen prep, and succession planning. The program is for those with increasing responsibility to lead others involved in client engagements.

    Registrations are subject to approval by FOX. Please note limited spaces are available.



    Individual Attendee
    Multiple Attendees
    from the same family,
    family office, or firm.


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      REFUND POLICY: For event registrations, refunds of payment will be offered if the cancellation is made in writing to Family Office Exchange at prior to the start of the event. For more information regarding administrative policies please contact FOX office at: 312.327.1200.

      Field of Study: Management Services, Personal Development, Specialized Knowledge - Up to 9.5 CPE credits can be earned by attending this event. CPE credits are accepted at the option of state certifying boards. Requirements, compliance procedures and acceptance may vary by state.

      Learning Objectives: Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to adapt communication styles, develop emotional intelligence, build team leadership skills, manage change, understand how to prepare rising gen for ownership and leadership, navigate complex family relationships, and build trust to improve decision-making. 

      Program Level: Overview | No prerequisites are required for any of the sessions. | Delivery Method: Group Live

      Family Office Exchange is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

      Wednesday, April 13 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm (Virtual)

      All times listed are in U.S. Central Time.
      1:00 pm Cohort Launch
      In addition to meeting your cohort, this first virtual session will provide a program overview, set expectations for the cohort learning model, and introduce the DiSC style inventory which you will complete after the session. 

      Wednesday, April 27 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm (Virtual)

      1:00 pm Style Inventory Interpretation
      To develop and lead others, you must first understand yourself. Complete the Everything DiSC to uncover your own effective communication style and inform how you communicate with, work with and lead others. In this second virtual session, we will conduct a first level interpretation of the Everything DiSC as a group to build self-awareness as preparation for the in-person intensive.

      Tuesday, May 3 | 6:30 pm (In-Person)

      6:30 pm Welcome Happy Hour

      Wednesday, May 4 | 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (In-Person)

      8:00 am Breakfast
      8:30 am

      Welcome & Communication Styles Discussion
      Adapting communication style to meet the needs of client service is critical to building a trustworthy, long-term relationship. Gain an understanding of your own communication style and how to adapt it to build client relationships and lead your team.

      Jeff Strese, Family Learning & Leadership Consultant, FOX
      Allison Lawshe, Learning Center Program Manager, FOX

      9:00 am

      Emotional Intelligence
      Building on the knowledge and skills of communication, improve your emotional intelligence (EQ) to effectively navigate professional and client relationships and the emotions of others.

      Jeff Strese, Family Learning & Leadership Consultant, FOX

      10:30 am Break
      10:45 am

      Team Leadership
      Develop fundamental understanding and practice coaching skills to effectively coordinate multi-disciplinary client teams and lay the groundwork for navigating family dynamics.

      Jeff Strese, Family Learning & Leadership Consultant, FOX

      11:45 am Lunch
      12:45 pm

      Change Management
      Develop an understanding of the stages of organizational change and the impact it has on families and organizations. Learn to guide clients and your own teams through times of change.

      Jeff Strese, Family Learning & Leadership Consultant, FOX

      2:15 pm Break
      2:30 pm

      Family Systems and Rising Gen Development
      Understand how to develop and prepare the rising generation for ownership and leadership within the family enterprise. Strengthen working relationships with the next generation and learn how rising gen fit into and are impacted by family governance.

      Mindy Kalinowski Earley, Chief Learning Officer, FOX

      4:10 pm Ask the Experts Panel Discussion
      4:30 pm Day 1 Concludes
      6:30 pm Cocktails and Dinner

      Thursday, May 5 | 8:00 am - 3:00 pm (In-Person)

      8:00 am Breakfast
      8:30 am Reflections and Group Activity
      9:00 am

      The Complexities of Multi-generational Families
      Understand the family dynamics that impact family enterprises, generational challenges that families face, the family enterprise journey and evolution, and designing governance structures to grow with the family.

      Sara Hamilton, Founder and Family Advisor, FOX

      10:30 am Break
      10:45 am

      Building Trust
      Gain skills needed to foster trust-building behaviors among family members to improve decision-making.

      Jeff Strese, Family Learning & Leadership Consultant, FOX

      12:15 pm Lunch
      1:15 pm Personal Development Plan and Closing
      3:00 pm Day 2 Concludes

      Wednesday, June 8 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm (Virtual)

      1:00 pm Application and Accountability
      Reconnect with your cohort to discuss progress towards your personal development plan, share learnings, and explore solutions to challenges you are facing.




      FOX Presenters

      Jeff Strese  
      Family Learning & Leadership Consultant 

      Jeff Strese is the Family Learning & Leadership Consultant at Family Office Exchange (FOX). As a consultant, Jeff has focused on multi-generational family enterprises, corporations, and mission-driven nonprofit organizations. He has more than 25 years of experience working across industries in the areas of leadership development, organizational effectiveness, and family dynamics. He holds certifications in family wealth and family business advising (CFWA, CFBA). 

      Jeff is passionate about helping family businesses and organizations create clarity out of the complex and inspiring leaders from all backgrounds to develop and master critical skills like coaching, communication and emotional intelligence. He has developed innovative programs to guide next-generation leaders to reach their full potential in a fast-paced, global economy. 

      Jeff has served as Chief Talent and Learning Officer (CTLO) at Tolleson Wealth Management, a multi-family office serving client families across the country. Prior to his role at Tolleson, Jeff served as the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at Southern Methodist University (SMU). 


      Mindy Kalinowski Earley, CMP, CFBA 
      Chief Learning Officer, FOX Family Learning Center

      Mindy Kalinowski Earley is Chief Learning Officer for Family Office Exchange (FOX). In her role, she fosters integrated learning programs for enterprise families and is responsible for developing the family learning community. She co-chairs the FOX Rising Gen program and serves as an outsourced Chief Learning Office to FOX members. Mindy is inspired by helping people learn, grow, and discover how they will make personal and productive contributions, using their strengths and talents. 

      Mindy has held various roles in small and large family offices and has been responsible for creating and stewarding professional learning networks supporting human and intellectual capital. She has designed learning experiences that increase the knowledge base and enhance the life path of individuals while providing personalized support and coaching to help them meet their goals. As a Strong Interest Inventory facilitator with a certificate in Family Business Advising, she enjoys helping families and rising generation members navigate the unique world of family enterprise and family relationships by understanding that responsibility and intention pave a path to personal achievement and satisfaction. She has been featured in the New York Times, Family Business Magazine, Successful Generations podcast and is a regular speaker and facilitator. Mindy lives in Rockford, MI, with her husband, daughter, and Bernedoodle. 


      Sara Hamilton
      Founder and Family Advisor

      Founder, Family Advisor and Board Chair of Family Office Exchange (FOX), Sara is a recognized visionary in the private wealth community. While a trust officer at Harris Bank in Chicago in the late 1980s, Sara witnessed the emergence of family wealth management as an industry. Hundreds of U.S. families became centi-millionaires overnight through leveraged buyouts that spawned private financial offices commonly called family offices, to manage family assets and educate wealth owners. Sara was the first professional to recognize family offices as a complex market segment in wealth management.

      Sara founded the Family Office Exchange (FOX) in 1989 as a peer network for family office executives. Within 10 years, FOX could see that families needed help with their enterprise vision and managing financial transitions. As a result, FOX evolved into a strategist for family enterprises, a platform for sharing family wealth best practices, and an industry advocate for the importance of private capital in a global economy.

      Today, Sara provides strategic direction for FOX and leads the development of new programs and services supporting family enterprises, family office executives and wealth advisory firms in more than 20 countries. She was named one of the Top 50 Women in Wealth Management by Wealth Manager from 2010-2012 and 2019 Outstanding Thought Leader for Wealth Management by Family Wealth Report.

      Sara is the co-author of Family Legacy and Leadership: Preserving True Family Wealth in Challenging Times and serves on the executive education faculty of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where she is an adjunct faculty member for their Private Wealth Management course, offered twice per year in Chicago. She is on the founding boards for the Private Directors Association in Chicago and the Foundation for Gender Equality in New York.

      FOX has built a unique resource team dedicated to serving multi-generational families, led by 15 technical experts who are supported by a dedicated team of 20 additional employees based in Chicago, New York, and Madrid.


      Alison Lawshe
      Learning Center Program Manager, FOX

      Allison Lawshe is the Learning Center Program Manager at Family Office Exchange (FOX). In her role, she partners with FOX’s Chief Learning Officer, Mindy Kalinowski Earley, to deliver learning programs and content for families, family office staff and advisors. Allison brings ten years of family foundation experience to the role, most recently as Chief Program Officer at the IDP Foundation, Inc., where she led the international education portfolio and scaling of training and financing program to over 600 schools across Ghana.

      Allison has an MPP from the University of Chicago, a BA in Economics and Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is a Professional Certified Coach.


      What is your refund policy?

      For event registrations, refunds of payment will be offered if the cancellation is made in writing to Family Office Exchange at prior to the start of the event. For more information regarding administrative policies please contact FOX office at: 312.327.1200.

      In-Person portions of the Program:

      How will you be handling health and safety during the in-person program?

      To participate in Family Office Exchange events, FOX requires proof of either a COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of your arrival to the forum.

      Our masking policy follows the policy of the locality and venues. We will share the current policy of the venue once confirmed. It is reasonable to expect that masks will not be required inside of meeting rooms for this program.

      Proof of vaccination or a negative covid test can be provided by showing a government issued photo ID along with your vaccination card or test results, a digital health passport, or a photo or scan of your vaccination card or negative COVID-19 test (must show date in the photo for test results).

      You will be asked to present these items when you arrive to the forum. We will not be verifying your status in advance of your arrival onsite.

      What is the dress code?

      Business casual attire is recommended.

      Virtual portions of the program: 

      How do I access the virtual sessions?

      Prior to the virtual session days, we will provide you with Zoom links to participate.

      What is the time zone?

      All published times are in U.S. Central Time.

      Can other people see me, and if so – what is the dress code?

      FOX encourages attendees to turn their cameras on during sessions. Business casual attire is recommended.

      My question isn’t here, how can I get additional help? 

      Please email and we’ll be delighted to assist you.

      The program will take place at:


      16 West Adams Street
      Chicago, IL  60603

      Attendees are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements. A list of hotels that are located near Convene are listed under Hotel Partners towards the bottom of the Convene webpage.