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In 1992, to further enhance its multidisciplinary approach to professionals, FFI began to establish awards for professional achievement. Today there are four:The Richard Beckhard Practice Award,The Barbara Hollander Award,The Interdisciplinary Achievement Award,The International Award.


  • nominees do not have to be members of FFI.
  • nominees may not nominate themselves or the organization where they are employed or in which they have a business interest.
  • the awards committee may directly solicit nominees for any award.
  • nominators are responsible for securing the willingness of the nominee to be considered.
  • candidates will remain on the committee's active list for two years following the year of nomination.

Submission Deadline: The deadline for submissions for awards is April 15 of the award year.

Award Notification: Nominees will be notified of the decision in writing by August 15 of the submission year. Winners are expected to be present at the FFI annual conference.

Application Guidelines: The application should be submitted electronically as a PDF document to Any supporting material should be mailed to FFI Academic Awards Committee, Family Firm Institute, 200 Lincoln St., #201, Boston MA 02111 USA.

Application must include:

1. Name of award for which individual is being nominated:

  • Richard Beckhard Practice Award
  • Barbara Hollander Award
  • Interdisciplinary Award
  • International Award

2. Name and contact information of individual or organization being nominated.

3. Background of nominee. Attach a one or two page rationale that includes the following:

  • how this candidate fulfills the criteria for the award
  • nominee's history in field
  • nominee's contributions to the field
  • nominee's relevant publications
  • nominee's involvement with FFI (optional)
  • nominee's additional relevant accomplishments
  • attachment of nominee's CV/resume
  • additional supporting materials of no more than 10 pages may be included. (These materials will not be returned unless requested and at the nominee's expense.)
  • two or three sentences that can be used in the program for the awards ceremony if your candidate receives this award

4. Name and contact information of nominee.