On November 19, 2020, Ronnie S. Stangler, M.D., contributed to the teaching of "Genomics in the Family Office", a case study she co-authored with Harvard Business School Professor Lauren Cohen and Spencer Hagist. The case profiled a prominent Israeli family challenged by a rare genetic disorder and addressed its impact on family dynamics, health planning, and philanthropic strategy. The novel concept of a Family Genomics Charter was introduced and served as stimulus for provocative group discussion.
Excerpt (first page) of the case:
Genomics in the Family Office "Takeaways":
- New technology will change the way we interact with the world around us, other people, and even ourselves.
- Engaging with innovation and learning whaat is and what is not applicable to our families at this stage is imperative.
- As the broad field of genetics continues to progress, we continue to find new ways in which genetics plays critical roles in our lives.
- We are just beginning to appreciate the complexity of gene expression and epigenetics. Addressing these issues tomorrow may be too late.
This first virtual program of the HBS Executive Education Program for Family Offices was attended by professionals from six continents.