Why women in enterprising families?
Families have always been the focus of all my endeavours, both personally and professionally. In my
family, I have taken on the role of Family Leader, and by doing so I have been able to support
my husband, children and grandchildren to achieve their full potential. In my career as a psychologist
and a coach for family business across the globe, I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of
women. One of the many things I have come to realize, is that women in enterprising families often lack
the support they need as individuals to achieve their personal goals. With the WEFI, I hope to empower
women to strengthen themselves, and in turn their families and businesses.
- Nan-b de Gaspé Beaubien
I grew up in a family business where my mother always took the time to put family first. She instilled in
me similar values. I had the benefit of having her as a mentor and coach, always guiding me along the
way. That is one of the reasons why I started Beehive, a company that invests in products and services
mainly used by women. I want to help and support other women as I know that it is more difficult for
women to raise money and to find mentors. I have had the opportunity to advise many impressive women at
different stages in their lives, many of them struggle with the following questions: How do I balance
everyone’s expectations and not lose myself in the process? How do I find a little more time for myself
to reflect on where I am going and how do I get there? How do I structure my life now that the children
are in school full time? How can I learn to read financial statements? The list goes on. WEFI gives you
the tools to help you address and find answers to some of these challenges, and helps you to become your
best self, whoever that may be…..wife, career woman, volunteer, mother, charitable donor, etc.
- Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick
What we do
A digital space for like-minded women to share and connect with one another, to learn from each other’s wisdom and grow as individuals.
A curated collection of expert interviews, peer perspectives and courses addressing the themes most relevant to women in enterprising families.
An in-person workshop to dive deeper into personal wellness. It is only by strengthening the self that you may contribute to your family and business.
Developing a new field of study to support and fuel content development and other activities by the initiative through the publication of findings.
Women who have contributed
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Daniel and Dorothy Grady Faculty Fellow
Nan-b de Gaspé Beaubien
co-founders of business families foundation and co-chairs of the de gaspé beaubien foundation
Associate Professor of Management and Organizational Development in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business
Aronoff Professor of Family Business Executive Director, Cox Family Enterprise Center
Published author of 'Unwritten Rules: What Women Need To Know About Leading In Today's Organizations'.
Television writer/producer, author, arts advocate, philanthropist and public speaker
Paulina Garza Lagüera Gonda
Director of Femsa and Coca Cola FEMSA, Chairs her Family Council and Board
Vice-Director General, Federal Office of Public Health, Swiss Ambassador for Global Health
How can I get involved?
Contribute financially to the success of the initiative.
Connect your network and help us grow the WEFI’s reach.
Join us in creating new content or developing a research project.
If you want to get involved, email us at [email protected]. We look forward to connecting with you!
About the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation
The Foundation was created in 1990 by Nan-B and Philippe II de Gaspé Beaubien to give generously of their time and resources to the community. Our approach, known as “entrepreneurial philanthropy,” aims to support individuals, families in business, and organizations in becoming responsible agents of positive and sustainable change within their communities.
About Business Families Foundation Website
Business Families Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to support, help and empower business families to ensure their sustainability and harmony for generations to come.