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Thriving in a Changing World Certification – GTA

February 28 - March 1

The past few years have led to a lot of change in the world and in family enterprises. The Thriving in a Changing World certification program will educate advisors and business family leaders about contemporary and pressing generational, social, environmental and economic trends affecting family enterprises.

More than profit – this certification explores strategies around solving these challenges while balancing wealth creation.

During this course, we will explore the emerging global trends that family businesses face, and how leaders and advisors can guide your family or clients through them. Academic Director, Wendy Sage-Hayward, will discuss the core teachings of the this certification and how we can help create better strategies by being well-versed in the larger global context.

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Event Details


Dates: Wednesday, February 28 - Friday, March 1
Times: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST



Vantage Venues
150 King St W
Toronto, ON, M5H 1J9


Members: $4,500 + tax
Non-Members: $5,000 + tax

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Faculty / Instructors


Gaia Marchisio, Ph.D, FEA
Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University

Gaia is a family-enterprise researcher, consultant, educator, speaker and writer with over 25 years of impact across global family enterprises, academic institutions, corporations, public-sector organizations and others. She not only advises on and researches family enterprise, but is a fourth-generation successor in her own family business.

Gaia holds a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Bocconi University, and a Ph.D. in General Management from Università Degli Studi di Pavia (both based in Italy). Originally from Italy, she is a naturalized US citizen who speaks fluent English, Italian and Spanish.

Currently, Gaia is Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia Business School. Until recently, she was Executive Director of the Cox Family Enterprise Center, the US’s first family business center, and the Aronoff Professor of Family Business at Kennesaw State University. Gaia has been a visiting scholar at educational institutions worldwide, including large Family Business Centers in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, Europe and the Pacific.


Ambra Mazzelli, Ph. D
Associate Professor of Strategy and Organizations, SKEMA Business School

Ambra Mazzelli is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Organizations at SKEMA Business School. Originally from Italy, Ambra lived and worked in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Boston (USA), Montreal (Canada) and Lancaster (UK). Before joining SKEMA Business School, she was an Assistant Professor at the Asia School of Business and an International Faculty Fellow and Research Affiliate at MIT Sloan.

Ambra’s research investigates the psychological underpinnings of firms’ strategic decisions. She is also interested in the role of entrepreneurship in society. Her work has appeared in numerous top journals, including Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Long Range Planning.

Besides her research, she has actively and enthusiastically advised on more than fifty projects in large international firms and conglomerates, at both strategic and operational levels, and continues to consult for managers and executives at publicly listed companies and large private firms in Asia and Europe.

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Robert Nason, PhD, MBA, BA
Associate Professor, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University

Robert Nason is a William Dawson Scholar and associate professor of Strategy and Organization at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. Robert’s research focuses on the role of entrepreneurship in society covering areas of family business, behavioral strategy, growth and the informal economy. His current research initiatives are particularly focused on entrepreneurship and economic inequality – examining entrepreneurial activity in contexts of poverty and wealth. Robert has received awards for research, including the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division’s Emerging Scholar Award in 2020 and teaching, including Poets & Quants Best 40 Under 40 MBA Professors (2022) and the Desautels Core Strategy MBA Teaching Award (2022).

Robert’s research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FRQ-SC). His work has been published in leading academic outlets such as Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. In his commitment to research with practical relevance, Robert is actively collaborating in his research and its dissemination with non-governmental organizations, including the Family Enterprise Foundation in Canada and the Sustainable Livelihood Foundation in South Africa.


Pramodita Sharma, Ph.D
Chair of Family Business, Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont

Dita is the Schlesinger-Grossman Chair of Family Business at the Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont. She is a visiting scholar at the Family Business Centers at Kellogg School of Management, USA and Indian School of Business, India, and is an advisory board member of the Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Sweden.

Dita served as the editor of Family Business Review from 2008-2017. Her research on succession, governance, innovation, next generation commitment, entrepreneurial leadership and sustainability in/by family enterprises is published in over fifty articles and ten books. Since 2015, she has published Entrepreneurs in Every Generation & Patient Capital: The Role of Family Firms in Sustainable Business, and ten articles in journals like ET&P, FBR, JBE, JBR & JFBS. Pioneering Business Families of Sustainable Development is her most recent book. She is the co-founder of the Schlesinger Global Family Enterprise Case Competition (SG-FECC).

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February 28
March 1
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