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SPOUSAL FORUM PROGRAM

What is Spousal Forum?  

A structured support environment which allows EO spouses to receive the benefit of their peers’experiences, insights and resources.  

Who will be in my Forum group?
 

Spousal Forums are comprised of seven to 10 EO spouses. There are no rules regarding the demographics or composition of these groups. However, there is a “business conflict rule” which does not allow spouses of competing business owners to join the same Forum group. This situation can create a major barrier to trust and bonding.  

I might not feel comfortable sharing the struggles in my life.  

The Spousal Forum environment is a completely confidential setting of trusted peers. Strict behavior codes prohibit the sharing of any information outside of the private monthly meeting. These behavior codes are enforced by the group itself. Your Forum will establish its own rules about confidentiality conduct and penalties if it is violated (i.e. removal from the Forum group).  

What kind of time commitment does Spousal Forum require?

Forum groups meet on a monthly basis— usually taking a month off at peak family vacation times. Exceptions to this monthly schedule would include any planned retreats or group outings, emergency meetings (called by the Moderator due to the specific need of one member) or make-ups for meetings cancelled during a peak month. All groups are encouraged to have a MINIMUM of 11 meetings per year.  

What happens at a Spousal Forum meeting?  

Typically, one member will present an issue that is greatly affecting his or her life— this issue could be business, personal or family related. This is a Forum to discuss anything about which you feel peer feedback and wisdom would be beneficial. The presenter provides the background to his/her current situation and specifies the kind of assistance they are seeking. Then, when it is time for other members to give their feedback, important Forum language and behavior protocols ensure that each speaks only from his or her past experience and not from a personal judgment or belief. Forum is the perfect setting to explore complicated issues in a private and trusting environment.

It sounds complicated. How will I know what to do?  

To launch your Spousal Forum experience, EO will send a professional facilitator to your city to run a full-day training session for your entire group. In this training you will hear about the history of Forum, learn listening skills and communication techniques that are unique to the Forum environment and have the opportunity to practice these skills in a mock Forum meeting.

To help launch your forum experience, the EO Cincinnati chapter will provide a veteran EO member who will moderate your first few forum meetings.  Mixed throughout the these initial forum meetings are self-awareness exercises and activities aimed at creating group bonding. Your Forum will come away from these initial meetings having created its own procedural guidelines and elected a Forum Moderator – an individual who takes the leadership role during the Forum year.  

What is the cost associated with Spousal Forum training?  

The EO Cincinnati chapter is happy to offer the spousal forum experience at no charge.  

FAQs

How do I join?

Send an email to: info@eocincinnati.com, and we'll get you registered for your forum training.

When is the next forum training? 

The next forum training is Thursday, February 18 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the The Residence Inn  - Taft Room, 506 East 4th Street, Cincinnati, OH  45202. Please feel free to join us after your training in the Phelps Bar for EO's New Member Meet & Greet.

What happens after forum training?

You will be placed in a forum group that will meet monthly. You will also receive invites to some EO events.

I am still not sure.  How can I find out more?  

Contact us at info@eocincinnati.com or kelly@peetconsulting.com.







Joe Stewart
DANCO AUTOMOTIVE
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In EO I've found my people.   I used to feel like I was the only one with this unique set of issues, I quickly discovered that EO-ers from all over the world can relate to me and I with them.

In forum I've got a trusted group of advisors that  I can share anything without judgement in a safe confidential environment. 

I've seen and done things all over the world that I would have never even dreamed of 8 or 9 years ago.  
Refuel fighter jets in flight.... Check; Conversation with Ford CEO Bill Ford... check; Dinner with NFL and OSU legend Eddie George.... check Piloting a jet pack with friends in Key West.... check

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Gus Valen
THE VALEN GROUP
 

I have had exponential growth as a person and a leader not just in my business but as a husband and a father because of my involvement in EO.

EO is a global organization for entrepreneur’s only who are like-minded peers from all over the world eager to connect and who want to learn and grow to become a better leader in all aspects of their life.

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Dave Ebbesmeyer
AI SOFTWARE, INC.
  EO CINCINNATI, CINCINCNNATI ENTREPRENEUR, ENTREPRENEUR CINCINNATI

I found myself at a point in my career where it was difficult to connect with others on a personal level - I always had my guard up in order to avoid being taken advantage of.

EO, particularly forum, is a place where we business owners can let their guard down and be real.  It's a place where you know no one is trying to 'take' anything from you.

The people I have met through EO are the highest quality individuals that I have ever come across and I'm proud to call them my peers, mentors and friends.

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Jeff Ginn
Prolanthropy
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Being in professional sports, I wanted to be a part of a exclusive peer to peer group made up of business owners that operated with core values that included leadership growth, non-solicitation and confidentiality.

I found that and more in EO.

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Chris Holtz
CAC By Design
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I found EO surfing the web to try to find like-minded people to discuss business.  I had no real peer group to have meaningful conversations about business, and in searching the web I stumbled onto the EO Network.  

I attended a "Mock Forum" and after meeting a few of the members I decided to become a part of EO Cincinnati.  The time investment and cost were major concerns.  After being a part of EO for a year I have more time than ever and I have benefited more than 10 times my investment.

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Matt Larmann
Larmann Financial
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I have been a member of EO for 12 years, and it has transformed my life and business, but more importantly it continues to do so.

Imagine a group of men and women who continually meet to learn, grow, and inspire themselves in their businesses, families, and communities, and then having the privilege to be a part of that group!

The R.O.I. for me is so huge it can’t be measured.



Tim Rettig
Intrust IT
 

It's amazing to me the different industries and diverse backgrounds that are found in EO. 

The challenges and triumphs of owning a small business bring us all together and create an amazing bond.

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