Helping next generation decision-makers to achieve, advance and excel in trusted C-suite and Board positions in family enterprise and private capital.
EY NextGen is for leaders operating in conditions unique to family enterprise and private capital. It focuses on building knowledge and performance as an owner while developing a strategic mindset and leadership acumen to navigate the disruptive and ever-changing global business landscape.
The EY organization mission is to serve future-forward nextgens so that they can confidently advance and thrive in their positions of trust – whether in C-suite, Boards or both.
EY NextGen is a global leadership platform built on three pillars:
EY NextGen Academy – executive knowledge to match your role
We understand that next-generation professionals in family enterprise and private capital face both opportunities and challenges unique to their background. EY NextGen Academy builds on a series of executive development programs designed exclusively for your needs and from your viewpoint as a nextgen in business.
Founded in 2008, the program combines three key principles: (1) academic knowledge from top international executive education institutions, (2) professional experience and insights from EY professionals, and (3) leading practice sharing between global peers in a trusted environment.
A range of programs are offered to accommodate different stages of career progression.
- Disruptive Tech Program: Helps you understand disruptive technology and its influence on industry transformation and the family enterprise.
- Board Professional Program: Advances your approach, skills and performance to serving on boards.
- Excellence Program: Builds your leadership skills and confidence in positions of trust.
- Advanced Program: Challenges you to consider how to apply leading-class practices and develop your social, teamwork and leadership skills.
- First Program: Prepares you to discover how you can apply your talents, skills and interests to real business issues.
Please connect with us to hear more about the Board Professional Program and the expected EY NextGen Academy line-up for 2023.
EY NextGen Network – EY teams help you make meaningful connections
Our EY NextGen Network is your community. We know that valuable know-how is often acquired through informal channels such as peer-to-peer networks willing to share their professional insights.
EY NextGen Network is a by-invitation-only community for those who have participated in EY NextGen executive programs. It’s a trusted community for leading practices sharing among nextgens from over 75 countries.
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EY NextGen Forum: we help you have the right experiences
EY NextGen Forum convenes the global nextgen community through exclusive events, both in-person and virtual. We provide the global scale, personal support and inclusive culture to help you become the best version of yourself.
Disruptive Tech Program – stay agile in uncertain times
Do you have or are about to have a decision-making operational or managerial role in your family enterprise? EY teams can help you prepare to make disruptive technologies work for you. In response to the exponential pace at which businesses are being impacted by advancing technology, EY NextGen Academy designed a unique executive education program to empower nextgen family enterprise leaders.
Join us for five days in Palo Alto, Silicon Valley where you will experience disruptive technology and its influence on industry transformation and the family enterprise.
In an interactive environment and guided by a hand-picked team of Silicon Valley trailblazers and EY professionals, you will understand how to visualize and map your family enterprise’s next decade and beyond.
- Boot camp to navigate disruption: Encounter the power of disruptive tech and discover the implications for your family business and its various stakeholders
- Think like futurist: Contextualize the latest technological advances to stay agile in uncertain times
- Mentored by game-changers: Engage first-hand with Silicon Valley trailblazers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, family enterprise specialists and academic faculty as speakers and program contributors
- Connect with your peers: Network with global participants with different roles and professional backgrounds in family enterprise who share your values and are committed to staying ahead of the curve
Board Professional Program – performance in strategic decision-making
Are you serving or considering serving on a private or family-linked board, including in family business, family office or family foundation? EY teams can help you build on your board acumen and performance.
Over the course of two modules in the United States and France, participants discover how they can bring value to both the board and the family enterprise.
The first module takes place in an innovation hub where participants explore how boards can stay engaged with change, keep abreast of technology and megatrends, and understand the transformation of industries and its effects on the competitive landscape.
The second module tackles traditional board-related matters, from overseeing corporate and family governance to navigating conflicts and delivering strategic advice to management.
Join us in San Francisco/Palo Alto and Paris/Fontainebleau, for the in-person EY NextGen Academy Board Professional Program, where you will:
- Explore advanced governance topics while preparing for a future shaped by innovation and disruption.
- Professionalize your approach to serving on boards, advising the management team, and bringing value to ownership.
- Discover how to use your unique point of view to refresh the board’s thinking and foster a culture of innovation.
- Learn how to effectively serve the board’s interests and balance them with the family’s desires related to board composition, member rotation and length of service.
INSEAD, one of the world’s leading and largest executive business schools, will join as the global academic collaborator, complementing EY professionals’ extensive experience and knowhow.
What do our alumni have to say about EY NextGen?
It’s a great opportunity to talk with people from different parts of the world and also from different industries about issues that are incredibly common with you.
Carla on making global connections
Carla Venesio believes that to embrace the full potential of their ambition, business leaders need to be brave, open-minded and resilient. She says that when those qualities are paired with vision, they create a dramatic impact by changing the way people think, act and behave.
Having a clear vision is important to Carla. As the Director of Private Banking and Wealth Management at Banca del Piemonte, she is navigating the digital transformation of the banking sector. “You need to know where you want to go, you try to understand the big picture of what you are doing, and you find a way to do it,” she says.
“The way clients and customers think and act is very different than in the past,” Carla says. “We are trying to change the business model in a way that improves the user experience for our clients.” To that end, she is working with her team to harness the digital revolution and invest in technological solutions.
Her family, which founded the bank in 1912, is fully committed to this project. “We all agree that we need to make this big shift and change the business model we’ve been used to in the past,” she says. “They trust me a lot.”
Trust is important to a family enterprise, and it’s one of the many relatable topics that attendees discuss at the EY NextGen Academy. “It’s a great opportunity to talk with people from different parts of the world and also from different industries about issues that are incredibly common with you,” Carla says.
I had a number of issues that I was able to share and ask others about. Their advice directly impacted the way I approached the situation.
Douglas on learning new approaches
Douglas McAlpine knows that a leader’s groundbreaking ambitions can lead to revolutionary outcomes. When Renewable Energy Systems was founded 35 years ago, the company was focused on R&D in a high-risk, nascent industry. Today, the technologies are commercialized and the industry is on the brink of a potentially huge expansion.
“Renewable energy is one of the most important answers to decarbonizing the world and electrifying our energy use,” says Douglas, who is the Chairman of the company’s North American subsidiary. “The people who led my family business at the beginning were visionaries. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
As a fifth-generation member of the family enterprise, Douglas sees the business attracting the attention of younger generations who are interested in sustainability. Their interest reveals one way a family legacy can evolve. “I think legacy can really shine a light on some of the issues that we face today,” he says. “A lot of the lessons learned can be reapplied to today’s world.”
One of those lessons is the importance of culture. “We have four core values: passion, accountability, collaboration and excellence,” Douglas says. “We believe that if everyone in the company demonstrates them and excels at them, then the company hugely increases its ability to succeed.”
Another key to success came from networking at the EY NextGen Academy. “I had a number of issues that I was able to share and ask others about,” he says. “Their advice directly impacted the way I approached the situation.”
Skills and vision to excel in positions of trust
The 2020s mark the decade of succession. Significant transitions in ownership and leadership are taking shape worldwide as the current generation in power gradually passes the baton to you, the next-generation leader.
In private ownership, however, transitions are often complex and come with increased expectations from the business and the family. Finding a balance requires knowledge and vision.
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