Event Information

Wednesday, September 27, 2023
The S. Dale High Leadership Center
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Owners Guide: Creating a Board & Why You Should

Presented by:  W. Henry Yaeger & Robert “Rob” Vowler

Moderator:  Mike Mitchell, Executive Director, The High Center

W. Henry Yaeger is an executive committee member of the Private Directors Association. PDA is a nonprofit organization of, by and for private company business owners, their executives, and directors. Their mandate is to define and model private company excellence for family businesses and ESOPs of all levels of revenue generation. Henry is also a board director with more than 25 years of oversight experience including as an executive with Global and Fortune 500 companies, a strategic advisor to mid-sized businesses, and as an investor in early-stage technology startups. He has served as an independent director for a third-generation family business and as board member or trustee on several non-profit boards.


Robert “Rob” Vowler provides advisory services to family businesses. He specializes in assisting family and privately held businesses with creating, staffing and implementing a board of directors. Rob is a business advisor and experienced board member based in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He is the former CEO of Hershey Trust Company, the parent company of Milton S. Hershey’s business enterprises. The Trust administers the estate and philanthropies of Mr. Hershey and provides trust and investment management services to individuals.


  • Understand the evolution of governance in a family or privately held business
  • Learn how to start and staff a new board of directors
  • Sharpen the skills of a current board
  • Learn how to become a director on a family business or private board
  • This will be interactive, audience participation & round table discussion


  • Owners & Key Executives

Any owners, investors and professional advisors contemplating the future of their business. This discussion will address the concerns and questions of small, medium and large businesses. Any question that you have ever thought of about starting a board for your company can be answered at this event.



Wednesday, September 27, 2023

3:00 – 4:30pm  – Creating a Board presentation with moderated Q&A
4:30 – 5:30pm – Networking & Cocktail Reception

The S. Dale High Leadership Center, 1861 William Penn Way, Lancaster, PA 17601 (Greenfield Corporate Center)