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Successful Generations

Dec 26, 2019

In this episode, Ellie Frey Zagel speaks with Bruce Werner, who is a member of the third generation of Werner, a ladder and climbing equipment company that sold in the late 90s. They discuss good governance and boards.


Dec 18, 2019

What is a community foundation, and how do these charitable organizations work? Ellie Frey Zagel explores this topic with Neel Harja, CEO of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.


Dec 12, 2019

We're looking back at the top episodes of the Successful Generations Podcast from 2019. 

First up is this episode with Dr. John Townsend, author of Entitlement Cure. He explains entitlement and offers tools to avoid it in your children, your family and yourself.

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Dec 4, 2019

Julie Charlestein is part of the fourth-generation of Premier Dental, where she currently serves as CEO.

Listen in to hear Julie’s family business story—a story that began in 1913 by her great-grandfather, Julius Charlestein, who worked as a dental instrument sharpener. Julius saw an opportunity to pivot into sales,...


Oct 30, 2019

Ramia El Agamy is the Editor-in-Chief of Tharawat magazine, the global publication for family businesses, and a product established by her family. In this episode, Ramia shares her experience being part of a family business and her five lessons learned for success.

She talks about her transition to leadership, how...