Jennifer is currently a consultant with Egon Zehnder, International leading the North America Family Business Advisory practice. She specializes in advising family enterprises on strategy and governance. Prior to her arrival at Egon Zehnder, she spent 16 years with The Family Business Consulting Group where her projects included: restructuring the board of a 4th generation family agriculture business that had moved into real estate development, creating a shareholder council at the holding company level to educate and gather input from 3rd generation shareholders of a multi-billion dollar manufacturing business, facilitating family council meetings that served as a decision-making forum for shareholders of one of the largest family holding companies in the US, and conducting a benchmarking study, funded by a Mexico-based family enterprise, to evaluate the governance best practices of successful global family holding companies.
She is the author of several books focusing on family business including Family Business Succession: Your Roadmap to Continuity (with Lecouvie) and Building a Successful Family Business Board (with Ward and Brun de Pontet).
Her teaching experience includes appointments at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, Georgia Tech, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
She earned her undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in Management from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Family businesses are uniquely complex enterprises. This program empowers current and future directors of family-owned businesses to navigate the challenges posed by those organizations while learning to design, engage and lead boards that leverage their companies’ strategic advantages.
One of the most critical times in a family enterprise’s evolution is moving from the processes, people and structures that proved successful for a controlling owner to those that support a sibling partnership. Engage with faculty from Kellogg’s Center for Family Enterprises for leadership insights on governance architecture and effective decision making to support a vision that will guide multigenerational continuity.
Join peers from leading family-run organizations to learn how family governance can help sustain business continuity, family unity and commitment. Come away equipped and energized to realize your vision for the future of your family enterprise with confidence.