Thursday, July 28, 2011

Local business leader to head up Women's Family Business Group

Joanne Ladley
Family business entrepreneur, consultant, and business coach Joanne Ladley will facilitate the Women's Affinity Group in 2011-12, for the S. Dale High Center for Family Business at Elizabethtown College, Center officials announced today.

"Joanne brings decades of experience operating and growing a very successful business. She is an exemplar who can offer women who also own and operate family businesses a great deal of expertise," said Michael N. McGrann, executive director of the High Center.

Joanne Ladley is an owner of Kitchen Kettle Village, her family business, a Lancaster County hospitality enterprise located in Intercourse, Pennsylvania. There, she led operations, marketing, and administration for 30 years, during which time Kitchen Kettle Village grew to include 40 shops, restaurants, and lodging rooms.

She is also the founder of Kitchen Kettle University, which teaches small businesspeople how to grow their business. Besides family business consulting with the North Group, she specializes in Corporate Culture, Executive Coaching, and Leadership Team Facilitation.

Five times yearly, the Women's Affinity Group meets at Elizabethtown College to discuss issues from the unique perspective of the woman owner or principal in family business. The group is both a discussion forum, which has gained popularity among family business professionals, and an accountability group which requires participants to articulate and meet their stated goals toward professional and personal growth. This year, each group meeting will focus on aspects of leadership such as strategic leadership, advocacy, and leading by asking questions.
The Women's Affinity Group is a fee-based program founded in 2009 by former director Mary Beth Matteo, and is one of five discussion forums based on the level of experience within family- or closely held businesses offered for Center members. It meets five times a year at the High Center and is currently accepting enrollees. The theme for this year's group meetings is women in leadership.
More information on High Center membership or participation in the Women's Affinity Group is available at 717-361-1275 or at

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