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We’ve developed a methodology that helps us tame the chaos of intermingled family and business systems.
We build project teams based on expertise areas and gender balance, to address multifaceted concerns of family enterprise. We map solutions to your unique goals; you hold the reins.
Doug Baumoel is the Founder of Continuity, LLC and offers an extensive background in family business operations and executive management in his work with clients. He served as a second-generation executive in his own family’s business and has held key executive positions in other family and non-family businesses.Read More >>>
Doug Baumoel, MBA
Doug Baumoel is the Founder of Continuity, LLC and offers an extensive background in family business operations and executive management in his work with clients. He served as a second-generation executive in his own family’s business and has held key executive positions in other family and non-family businesses.
Doug started and ran businesses in both the U.S. and Europe, and lived overseas for six years while establishing and managing the European offices of his family’s business. He has applied more than 20 years of business experience to the development of a process for analyzing key variables affecting family business conflict. Early on in his career, prior to joining his family’s business, Doug served as an internal consultant in strategic planning for Sperry Corporation (Unisys) and as an engineer at Polaroid.
Doug is the co-author, with Continuity Managing Partner, Blair Trippe, of Deconstructing Conflict: Understanding Family Business, Shared Wealth and Power. This recently published work is the ultimate guide to Continuity’s unique developmental approach to conflict management in family enterprises. A highly-regarded thought leader on conflict management, leadership and governance in family enterprise, Doug has authored or co-authored articles and chapters for numerous professional publications and journals – including Family Business and Massachusetts Family Business magazine; the Thomson West Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Guide; Private Company Director magazine; and Negotiation Journal of the Harvard/MIT/Tufts Program on Negotiation.
His extensive speaking and facilitation engagements include the Campden “America’s Families in Business” conference; FFI’s annual international conference; Transitions East; and the Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell University along with Suffolk University Law School; Northeastern University Business School; Babson University; the Massachusetts Bar Association; American Bar Association; Massachusetts Probate Council; Boston Private Bank; several regional estate planning councils and various national industrial conferences in multiple industries.
Doug earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. A dual certificate holder in both Family Business Advising and Family Wealth Advising from the Family Firm Institute, he has been awarded the additional distinction of FFI Fellow. Among Doug’s numerous professional achievements, he holds a certificate in Civil Mediation from MCLE and is a graduate of the Director Professionalism program of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), which recognized him with Fellow status. Doug also served as President of the New England chapter of the Family Firm Institute.
Co-Author, with Blair Trippe:
- Fellow; Family Firm Institute
- Fellow; National Association of Corporate Directors
- Board of Advisors, Smith Family Business Initiative; Cornell University
- Family Business Advising/Family Wealth Advising; Family Firm Institute
- Civil Mediation; Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
- Director Professionalism program; National Association of Corporate Directors
- Family Firm Institute (former President of New England Chapter)
- Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises
- Boston Estate Planning Council
- Essex County Estate Planning Council (former board member)
- North Shore Chamber of Commerce
- North Shore Jazz Project (former board member and Treasurer)
- First Parish Unitarian Universalist, Beverly (former President)
Blair Trippe’s expertise as a negotiator, mediator, and family business consultant is grounded in the study of strategic management and conflict resolution methodologies. She brings a highly specialized approach to the understanding of family systems and the relationship challenges encountered when families work and own together.Read More >>>
Blair Trippe, MBA
Blair Trippe’s expertise as a negotiator, mediator, and family business consultant is grounded in the study of strategic management and conflict resolution methodologies. She brings a highly specialized approach to the understanding of family systems and the relationship challenges encountered when families work and own together.
In addition to her experience with Continuity clients, Blair was a Marketing Specialist at Prudential Bache Securities, Marketing Associate for Boston Catalyst Group – where she served in a dual role of managing the HR function and marketing software products to the higher education sector, as well as Director of Product Development and Industry Affairs on the start up team of The Straumann Company, a U.S.-based Swiss medical device company.
Blair is the co-author, with Continuity Founding Partner Doug Baumoel, of Deconstructing Conflict: Understanding Family Business, Shared Wealth and Power. This recently published work is the ultimate guide to Continuity’s unique developmental approach to conflict management in family enterprises. She also co-authored the book, Mom Always Liked You Best – A Guide to Resolving Family Feuds, Inheritance Battles and Eldercare Crises. The practical guidebook helps family members become better decision-makers, mindful negotiators, and more effective communicators.
Her leadership in the mediation field helped create a new specialty through the development of “Elder Decisions” – a division of Agreement Resources LLC, a consulting firm she co-founded. Agreement Resources provides conflict resolution, mediation, and training services to families and a variety of organizations. It is also an approved services provider to probate courts in several counties of Massachusetts.
As a workshop facilitator and trainer, Blair has conducted sessions for the Environmental Protection Agency, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, Judge’s Institute, American Bar Association, Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises, National Association of Geriatric Care Managers, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Northeastern University Center for Family Business, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Northeast Human Resource Association, Dartmouth Hitchcock Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease, Just a Start House, and the Family Firm Institute, among others.
Blair earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management with a concentration in marketing and finance, and a BA in psychology from Connecticut College.
Co-Author, with Doug Baumoel:
Co-Author with Arline Kardasis, Rikk Larsen and Crystal Thorpe:
- Program on Negotiation; Harvard Law School
- Advanced Family Business Advising; Family Firm Institute
- The Center for Dispute Resolution; Northwestern University
- The Center for Social Gerontology (Elder Mediation)
- Mediation Works, Inc. (Executive and Advanced Mediation; Negotiation Skills)
- Association for Conflict Resolution; New England (former Board member and Chair of the Education Committee)
- Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
- International Ombuds Association
- Family Firm Institute
- Boston Symphony Orchestra; Board of Overseers (Elected 2016)
- The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park; Lincoln, MA (former Trustee)
Rikk consults with family business owners, family members, management, and thier trusted advisors to assist them with succession planning, conflict resolution, family meetings, and strategic planning.Read More >>>
Rikk Larsen, MBA
Rikk consults with family business owners, family members, management, and thier trusted advisors to assist them with succession planning, conflict resolution, family meetings, and strategic planning.
He spent three years in the doctoral program at Harvard University and taught the Business Policy and Business in Society courses at Northeastern University. Upon his father’s death, he then dedicated eight years transitioning his family’s Norwegian shipping business to American based investments.
Rikk’s rich and diverse career history includes work in the film and television production industry during the 1970s. He won two Emmys for independent feature films, “Bill in the Lowlands” and “The Dark End of the Street.” As a director, he worked on a television documentary that told the story of the Boston Celtics with a particular look at the first championship year of the Larry Bird era, 1980-81.
Rikk spent five years as Executive Director of the Boston Organizing Committee, a group that began the process of bringing the Summer Olympics to Boston. During that period he partnered with McKinsey and Company to develop a $2 million pro bono Olympic feasibility study.
He has had a vibrant consulting career since the mid 1990s – including serving as a mediator and coach for the last 20 years. Rikk was a co-founder of Elder Decisions and Agreement Resources, together with Continuity Managing Partner Blair Trippe. These firms provide conflict resolution, mediation, and training services to families as well as a variety of organizations.
He co-authored the book, Mom Always Liked You Best – A Guide to Resolving Family Feuds, Inheritance Battles and Eldercare Crises, with Continuity Managing Partner Blair Trippe and Director of Training Arline Kardasis.
He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Williams College.
Heidi Clark is a hands-on senior executive with a breadth of experience leading companies through all phases of growth – from start-up and early stage ventures to large public companies.Read More >>>
Heidi Clark is a hands-on senior executive with a breadth of experience leading companies through all phases of growth – from start-up and early stage ventures to large public companies.
Her experience spans a diverse set of industries including retail, restaurant, technology, and manufacturing. With particular skills in creating collaborative work environments where innovation can flourish, Heidi is known for her deep expertise in fostering employee engagement and building strong organizational cultures. These skills have enabled her to excel in high-risk ventures and growth projects where having an agile and entrepreneurial approach to maximizing resources is critical along with an ability to lead across multiple disciplines. She has held positions in operations, materials management, R&D, sales and human resources – providing her with critical insights into the structure and processes that support the achievement of an organization’s strategic goals.
Heidi has been Vice President of Employee Experience for Panera, LLC where she created the company’s employee engagement model and developed programs for on-boarding, performance management, coaching, and mentoring that impacted more than 75,000 employees. While at Panera, she established and served as president of Friends in Knead, Inc., a non-profit employee peer-to-peer relief fund.
As President and CEO of Cayman Systems, Heidi led the company to record growth and leadership in the broadband supply industry through a complete restructuring of its capital, operations and product development.
She earned a BA in Anthropology, Spanish and Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire, and is fluent in Spanish.
Executive Coaching Mastering Performance, Conflict Management and Increasing Human Effectiveness; The Human Interaction Laboratory
American Production and Inventory Control Society
The Landmark Forum
Paul is Continuity’s real estate and legal expert, leveraging his significant experience in asset management and law to help closely-held enterprises involved in developing, owning, and managing commercial real estate.Read More >>>
Paul Faxon, JD
Paul is Continuity’s real estate and legal expert, leveraging his significant experience in asset management and law to help closely-held enterprises involved in developing, owning, and managing commercial real estate. He also guides Continuity clients in matters to do with governance development, succession planning, and conflict management. Concurrent with his role at Continuity, Paul maintains a legal practice focusing on commercial real estate transaction, closely-held and family business law, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He does not work with Continuity clients in a legal capacity. During his career, Paul has overseen the legal aspects of well over 500 real estate and business transactions.
Paul provides sophisticated advice on a full range of real estate transactions and land use concerns involving office, retail, industrial, and multi-family residential properties. He identifies critical issues in a pro-active manner and helps structure business deals in a way that strengthens the relationship among family members and all related parties. In business law, his representation includes the evaluation and formation of non-public and family business entities that are designed to limit the taxation and personal liability of principals, while clearly setting out the rights and responsibilities of all owners in order to limit future conflicts.
With more than twenty-five years of experience representing both privately-held real estate and family-owned business enterprises, he guides clients in resolving disputes related to restructurings and break ups, as well as commercial real estate and construction conflicts through mediation. He has contributed to the expansion of Alternative Dispute Resolution, especially Collaborative Law, into resolving certain types of civil (business) disputes – including those involving closely held and family business restructurings, break ups, and commercial real estate. He may serve as a non-litigation legal advocate in the traditional model, a Collaborative Law practitioner, or a neutral mediator. Paul’s substantial business and legal accomplishments for families draws, in part, upon his first-hand knowledge of family business dynamics from his experience as the Operating Manager of a fourth generation commercial real estate enterprise. He has also served as a partner, of counsel, and as an associate in several law firms.
Paul is a frequent presenter for professional education programs and other events sponsored by the Boston Bar Association, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, New England Corporate Counsel Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., the CCIM Association, Northeast Builders Association, Building Owners and Managers Association, and the Family Firm Institute.
He has contributed articles for the Massachusetts Law Review, Boston Business Journal, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Journal, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Banker and Tradesman, New England Real Estate Journal, Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business, and the Harvard Negotiation Law Review.
Paul earned a JD from Northwestern University School of Law and a BA from Amherst College.
Brad Fisher works with family business owners who want to unlock the long-term potential of their companies and their families.Read More >>>
Brad Fisher works with family business owners who want to unlock the long-term potential of their companies and their families. He also speaks and writes about how to achieve and sustain Family Business Abundance.
In addition to his work with Continuity, Brad is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Featherstone Holdings. He has devoted most of his career to entrepreneurship in the business-to-business, technology, healthcare, and investment management arenas.
In recent years, Brad co-founded or led the acquisition of Elevated Billing Solutions, Recovery Help, and Sababa Health Outcomes and Analytics. While serving as CEO of those three companies, Brad developed an intense passion for the Behavioral Health sector.
Prior to Featherstone, Brad served as the CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Springcreek Advisors LLC, a California-based multi-family office, and he previously served as a general partner and the Chief Operating Officer for Pemigewasset Capital, a Connecticut-based family office and hedge fund.
Brad worked to build multiple ventures during his early career, including Aim 21, Incorporated, a software company that developed enterprise multimedia database systems for advertising agencies and their clients. After selling Aim 21 to Reuters in 1997, he founded Tailwind, Incorporated, an online resource center for entrepreneurs and small business owners. The American Towns Network acquired Tailwind in 2001.
Brad Fisher received an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.S. in Economics from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Saybrook University.
Jacquette M. Timmons focuses on the human side of money. She works as a financial behaviorist and is committed to helping families see that they don’t manage money – they manage their choices around money.Read More >>>
Jacquette M. Timmons focuses on the human side of money. She works as a financial behaviorist and is committed to helping families see that they don’t manage money – they manage their choices around money. In addition to being an author (“Financial Intimacy: How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Money and Your Mate”) and frequent blogger, Jacquette also facilitates small groups, retreats, and a podcast that explore topics of money, business, and life.
When she’s not providing behavioral-based financial coaching, she’s traveling the country for speaking engagements on behalf of Fortune 100, AM Law 200 companies, and nationally known non-profits to talk about the intersection of emotions and money. Her work has been featured on SiriusXM, “Good Morning America,” Oprah.com, CNN, HLN, FOX, Black Enterprise, NPR, Reuters.com, Wall Street Journal and Family Circle.
Jacquette holds an MBA in finance from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business and an degree in marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology; a combination she credits, in part, for being able to blend her analytical mind and creative spirit in service to helping her clients shift how they look at money; how they perceive its role in their life; and how they give it direction. She is based in Brooklyn, NY.
Greg has “walked the talk” as a leader in his own family businesses for over 25 years.Read More >>>
Greg has “walked the talk” as a leader in his own family businesses for over 25 years. Since joining his father’s medical device manufacturing operation after college graduation, Greg has performed almost every role in the company. From school summers on the assembly line to managing the ultimate sale of their heavily expanded businesses, Greg draws from a rich personal history with his family business and its journey.
Greg’s most important roles have included consistent leadership of business development, account management, clean room facilities design, accounting and finance functions, quality assurance/control, human resources, new product development and branding.
In early 2002, Greg saw the potential for the business to move into the burgeoning biotech industry. He sought out and identified a sales organization to partner with, founding a second company. Greg served as Managing Partner and grew the company, on average, 180% per year for the next seven years. He led negotiations when suitors emerged. Greg was also chief negotiator to structure the deal between the sales organization, his father, mother and other family members with a vested interest in the company’s business.
Greg holds an Executive MBA and a B.S. in Industry and Technology from Northern Illinois University.
Small Business Advocacy Council (Former board member, West Suburban chapter)
West Suburban Chamber of Commerce (Former new member ambassador)
Sandi is a financial planner who works with Continuity’s family enterprise clients to support them in managing their personal financial affairs.Read More >>>
Sandra Geller, CFP
Sandi is a financial planner who works with Continuity’s family enterprise clients to support them in managing their personal financial affairs.
Working closely with a client’s estate attorney, investment and other trusted advisors, she helps families address the difficult choices regarding generational wealth transfer. Sandi guides them in developing policies and structures regarding philanthropy and shared wealth, as well as providing valuable oversight on matters to do with financial risk and asset allocation.
She assists individual stakeholders in organizing and managing their cash flow, researching and evaluating mortgages along with appropriate insurance instruments, and overseeing real estate holdings. Among the most immediately impactful services Sandi provides is being the qualified and independent additional set of eyes on clients’ investment portfolios.
Concurrent with this planning and oversight role she plays for Continuity clients, Sandi also maintains her partnership at Geller & Lehmann, LLC – a tax advising and financial planning firm which offers Continuity clients family office services such as bill-pay and investment oversight. (Note: Continuity does not manage money or offer brokerage services. Our role is strictly advisory and educational.)
Sandi earned an MA from Johns Hopkins University and a BSc from the University of Technology, South Australia.
Family Business Advising; Family Firm Institute
Certified Financial Planner (CFP); College for Financial Planning
Ken provides Continuity clients with independent review and guidance regarding capitalization of their companies, risk exposure, investment analysis, value optimization, and financial modeling.Read More >>>
Financial Risk Mitigation/Enterprise Value Optimization/Capital Markets Advisory
Ken provides Continuity clients with independent review and guidance regarding capitalization of their companies, risk exposure, investment analysis, value optimization, and financial modeling. He has more than 25 years of experience in capital markets, credit, investment banking, portfolio acquisitions, trading, structured finance, equipment finance, and lending. Ken has advised banks, private equity firms, corporations and finance companies, completing over 150 assignments with an aggregate deal value of $20 billion.
Concurrent with the role Ken plays for Continuity clients, he also maintains his role as a Managing Partner with JMSeas, Inc., a group of seasoned investment banking, capital markets, credit and accounting advisors. As regulatory principal for FINRA regulated broker dealers, Ken has served as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer.
Ken earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, magna cum laude, from Bowdoin College and his M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He holds his Series 7, 24, 63, 79 and 99 FINRA registrations and has served on the Board of Directors for many entities. Ken has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, American Banker, and SNL Financial. He has also appeared on Fox Business Network and CBS Radio.
Michael has spent his career working with families in transition using his diverse background in law, business and wealth advisory.Read More >>>
Michael has spent his career working with families in transition using his diverse background in law, business and wealth advisory. In 2001, he began his career as an estate planning attorney with his own practice in San Francisco. After 13 years of running his own business, Michael closed his practice to work with a Private Bank.
At the Private Bank, Michael led a team of subject matter experts to deliver comprehensive wealth management and fiduciary advice to his clients. He supported clients with complicated wealth and family structures who wanted to integrate family communication and sustainability into their systems. In that role, Michael brought his neighborhood sensibilities to these complexities and focused on a values-centered approach to planning, management and communication.
Michael attained a BA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and his JD from Northeastern University.
Michael is a rare find among advisors: he is a knowledgeable generalist with an attorney’s mind, a humanist’s heart and an entrepreneur’s spirit. His fluency in law and wealth management allows Michael to transcend the mechanics of the transactional and facilitate his clients’ connection to what really matters most in their lives.
Drawing on his experience as a small business owner, husband, father, world traveler, Eagle Scout, and member of the Burning Man community, Michael has an approachable and accommodating style.
- Leadership Coaching Certificate, Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership
- Certificate in Family Wealth Advisory, Family Firm Institute
- ACC candidate, International Coaching Federation
Judy specializes in maximizing the human capital of family enterprises through her skills in inter-personal communication and coaching.Read More >>>
Judy specializes in maximizing the human capital of family enterprises through her skills in inter-personal communication and coaching. With over 25 years of Human Resource experience with expertise in employee relations, performance development, conflict resolution and team integration Judy brings exceptional skills to her work with family owned businesses. She has managed highly complex employee and organizational issues in both family owned and non- family publicly traded businesses. Judy’s most recent executive level position was managing Employee Relations for three of State Street’s largest business units.
Judy’s work has spanned a range of industries from financial, energy, retail, manufacturing and publishing where she served as a trusted advisor to senior leaders. She has a passion for developing talent and creating cultures that support and reward high performance and has developed related strategies to address the specific needs of family enterprises.
Judy has a direct and pragmatic approach and a talent for diffusing highly charged conflicts and disputes. She is known for creating non-threatening opportunities for open and productive communication between individuals and teams to enhance relationships, collaboration and effectiveness.
Judy earned a Masters of Social Work degree from Boston University with a clinical orientation and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Syracuse University.
A senior consultant at Continuity Family Business Consulting, Joc specializes in creating collaborative working environments, leadership skills, and organization development.Read More >>>
Jonathan Joc Clark
A senior consultant at Continuity Family Business Consulting, Joc specializes in creating collaborative working environments, leadership skills, and organization development. He has worked for 15 years as a family businesses consultant, drawing from experience as an educator, facilitator, and process consultant.
Joc also provides consulting services to his family’s business (Wine and Roses, in Lodi, CA) and several tribal organizations. His experience includes 15 years with Outward Bound and working at therapeutic schools that facilitate solutions for families in conflict or crisis.
Joc’s expertise includes: conflict resolution, teambuilding, group facilitation, participatory strategic planning, coaching, dialogue, strengths-based leadership, and appreciative inquiry.
Joc holds a PhD in Leadership Studies and Change Management, MEd in Organization Development, and BA in Psychology and Spanish. Joc is bilingual, speaking English and Spanish, and has worked with both languages in California and Latin America.
Joc also works as a faculty member at California State University, Chico, and Butte Glenn Community College’s business training center (The Training Place).
Association of Experiential Education
International Association of Facilitators American Psychological Association
The Organization Development Network
The Ojai Foundation
Libby Lok is a Consultant at Continuity Family Business Consulting and an Advisor to her family’s hotel management and development company, Lok Group of Companies.Read More >>>
Libby Lok is a Consultant at Continuity Family Business Consulting and an Advisor to her family’s hotel management and development company, Lok Group of Companies. Libby’s 15+ years’ of experience in organizational development and group dynamics helps her engage diverse stakeholders to move through uncertainty and conflict to become a force to be reckoned with.
Before joining Continuity, Libby worked at her family’s hotel company as Vice President of Operations and then President. She spearheaded a significant organizational transformation to secure the company’s long-term future and competitiveness.
Prior to joining Lok Group of Companies, Libby worked in the social sector as a researcher, public policy analyst, consultant, board member, and founder of a nonprofit organization. She has called New York City, Washington D.C., Italy, and California home.
Libby has a Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).
Hospitality Management Career Certificate from Florence University of the Arts, Italy
Certificate in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA) from STR Global
Human Resource Certificate from CalChamber
Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA)
Choice Hotels Owners’ Council (CHOC) for California, Nevada, and Arizona
Katie specializes in helping the next-generation (next-gen) reach their full potential.Read More >>>
Katie Spencer, PsyD
As a next-gen advocate and coach, Katie integrates values, leadership development, and the meaning of wealth to help individuals and groups find and use their unique voice. She often works in collaboration with other consultants in order to support and represent the younger generation. Katie’s openness about her own experience as a next-gen creates a space of safety for her clients to explore and grow.
As a clinical psychologist by training, Katie is an expert in understanding and addressing wellness within a family system. She takes the holistic wellness of each client into account and ensures that they receive the support they need.
Katie earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver. She also has a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver, a Master of Arts in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts, and a Bachelor of Arts in international politics from Hamilton College.
Her work is infused with her experience as an inheritor, entrepreneur, mother, wife, daughter, sister, and lover of nature. Katie’s core value of connection fuels her ability to develop meaningful relationships with ease. Clients appreciate, in particular, the way Katie shows up for them—wholeheartedly.
Kathy Holub works with families to resolve conflicts over inheritance, estates and family enterprises.Read More >>>
Kathy Holub, JD
Kathy Holub works with families to resolve conflicts over inheritance, estates and family enterprises. A mediator and former lawyer, she specializes in helping families find lasting solutions to problems in which relationships are paramount. She takes pride in helping families embrace their differences and use them as a key to problem-solving. She also acts as a strategic advisor to individual clients, helping them resolve conflict with family members who are not interested in mediation.
Kathy’s twenty years of experience in conflict resolution are grounded in her love of teaching. She is a Lecturer at Columbia and Harvard law schools, where she has taught negotiation for many years. She is a seasoned negotiation trainer who has helped thousands of senior executives and professionals become better negotiators. She has conducted programs for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, the Brunswick Group, Naspers, Cleary Gottlieb, FINRA, the Clinton Foundation, Columbia University, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Montefiore Medical Center, and the New York City Council, among others. She has also advised business owners on specific negotiation challenges. She is a frequent speaker on negotiation-related topics and has delivered many Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs on negotiation.
A former journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winner, she has edited four books, including “Bargaining With the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight,” by Harvard Law Professor Robert H. Mnookin (Simon & Schuster 2010).
She holds a JD from Yale Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. She clerked for then-Judge Sonia Sotomayor in the Southern District of New York and practiced law for two years before moving into teaching and consulting. She is based in New York City.
- Family Firm Institute: Family Business Advising/Family Wealth Advising (expected 2020)
- Stalder Mediation (advanced mediation)
- The Center for Understanding in Conflict (mediation)
- Ackerman Institute for the Family: Foundations in Family Therapy
- New York Peace Institute (mediation)
- Family Firm Institute
- New York City Bar Association
Arline Kardasis is a conflict management skills trainer, conflict coach, mediator, and consultant.Read More >>>
Arline Kardasis is a conflict management skills trainer, conflict coach, mediator, and consultant. She has designed and presented advanced trainings, workshops, and seminars to hundreds of conflict management professionals around the United States with a particular focus on workshops and tools applicable to family business stakeholders and their management teams.
Arline is the co-author, with Continuity Managing Partner, Blair Trippe and Partner, Rikk Larsen, of Mom Always Liked You Best: A Guide for Resolving Family Feuds, Inheritance Battles and Eldercare Crises. She also collaborated with Rikk Larsen on the article, “When Aging Issues Lead to Family Conflict” for Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
Arline has been invited to speak at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, the Sino-U.S. Judicial Mediation Exchange Program, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, among many others.
She serves as a mentor and coach for professional mediators in the Massachusetts courts and is a former Vice President of the Board of Directors of the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution. Arline was a founding co-chair of the (International) Association for Conflict Resolution’s Elder Mediation Section and served on the Public Awareness Subcommittee for the Massachusetts Trial Court’s Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution.
She earned an MAT, with honors, from Simmons College and a BA in Political Science and Urban Studies from Boston University.
Program on Negotiation; Harvard Law School
Meta Greenberg brings her experience in business and public administration, organizational analysis, performance management, and human resources programs to her work as a specialist in business communication.Read More >>>
Meta Greenberg brings her experience in business and public administration, organizational analysis, performance management, and human resources programs to her work as a specialist in business communication.
She coaches and trains a diversity of executives and managers across industries in speaking, presentation, persuasion, and interaction techniques to help them advance their executive personna and leadership effectiveness.
Meta has designed and conducted many advanced training programs, including skills for public speaking and presentation, in performance feedback techniques, for leadership and executive presence, in persuasion and selling approaches, to sharpen the training abilities of instructors and to conduct thorough job analysis in addition to instructional design, group process development, and personal interaction skills. As a complement to working with individuals, she frequently supports specialized industry teams within companies to make them more effective in achieving their business development objectives during their pursuit of major engagements.
Meta has been a guest lecturer at Northeastern University, Suffolk University, and the University of Massachusetts as well as an instructor at Lesley University and the University of Connecticut Institute of Public Service.
She earned a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and completed graduate work at Northeastern University.
As Director of Marketing, Elizabeth helps Continuity connect with and deliver value to clients who are best served by our work.Read More >>>
As Director of Marketing, Elizabeth helps Continuity connect with and deliver value to clients who are best served by our work. She brings 15 years of marketing/ communications agency experience to Continuity, practicing what she calls “integrity marketing”: telling meaningful stories that inspire action to help others achieve their goals.
In addition, Elizabeth brings experience and training in Human Resources and HR communication to the Continuity team. She facilitates Continuity’s Relative Review 360 family employment review product.
Elizabeth’s experience includes key roles at Razorfish, a leading international digital marketing firm, where she led academic marketing and recruitment, branding, and content development strategy for clients in financial services and other industries. She has used her HR and project management expertise to lead client-focused creative and development teams, and she has built collaborative partnerships for clients. Her work has attracted media attention from leading publications, such as The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Elizabeth is responsible for all corporate communications and marketing strategy for Continuity.
Elizabeth graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a B.A. in French and Russian.
As practice manager Ron oversees many of the daily business-operations functions of the company and is more often than not the friendly voice greeting callers on the phone.Read More >>>
As practice manager Ron oversees many of the daily business-operations functions of the company and is more often than not the friendly voice greeting callers on the phone.
Ron has served as the operations lead for companies in several industries, among them tanning, warehousing & distribution, leather goods manufacturing, commercial cleaning and private education, all family-owned. Ron’s first-hand experience of family business dynamics as a non-family employee have helped him appreciate importance of actively managing complexity in this context. Ron has genuine compassion for those struggling in this context, in which the stakes are so high.
In addition to his experience working in a variety of family businesses, Ron ran his own management consulting practice focusing on the commercial cleaning industry.
Now Ron’s talents keep the Continuity trains running on time. His work is a critical part of delivering the quality, efficiency, and experience our clients have come to value.
Ron graduated from Connecticut College with a B.A. in Philosophy.
As Director of Client Engagement, Betsy supports our consulting team’s day-to-day needs as well as taking on initiatives for research, social media, and database management.Read More >>>
As Director of Client Engagement., Betsy supports our consulting team’s day-to-day needs as well as taking on initiatives for research, social media, and database management.
Before joining Continuity, Betsy worked in financial services for 14 years in Operations and Financial Reporting at large financial companies.
Betsy’s interest in family business came from growing up hearing her grandparents’ stories about owning a grocery store together. They worked side-by-side until their retirement in 1968.
Betsy graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Management.