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Family Business Breakfast:

Meaningful Work Across Generations

According to some experts, we now work in the “purpose economy” or the “passion economy.” We are currently in an era in which we expect our work to make the world and our lives better. This Family Business Center panel event will explore the intersection – for better or worse! – between family, purpose and passion. It will also consider how family businesses can balance the worthy purpose of supporting family goals and individual passions with business needs and social impact. We’ll explore how we’ve arrived in this new economy and how meaningful work can mean the same or different things across generations.

The panel brings together three family business leaders who approach meaningful work in a variety of ways, but always with a goal of making the world around them better. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Christopher Michaelson, a national leader in the field of meaningful work and principled leadership.


  • Kris Kowalski Christiansen, CEO of Kowalski’s Markets
  • Vikas Narula, founder of Keyhubs and Neighborhood Forest
  • Traci Tapani, Co-President of Wyoming Machine
  • Christopher Michaelson, Academic Director of the Melrose & Toro Company Center for Principled Leadership (moderator)

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Event Details
Thursday, October 27
7:30-9:30 a.m.

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus
2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul
Anderson Student Center, Woulfe Alumni Hall