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Prosper Across Generations®

Stephanie Brun de Pontet, Ph.D.

Principal Consultant

Contact Stephanie:

M. 678.773.1675



Stephanie Brun de Pontet, Ph.D. is a principal consultant of The Family Business Consulting Group specializing in advising family enterprises facing important transitions. She has extensive experience working with sibling teams and developing training programs to educate next generation family members.

A recognized expert on the topic of succession, Stephanie frequently collaborates with clients on key aspects of this process, such as establishing succession plans, drafting needed policies and governance structures, and building a framework for next-generation collaborations. Her work is driven by knowledge and experience from the fields of management, entrepreneurship and psychology.

In addition to her consulting work, Stephanie co-authored Building a Successful Business Board and Siblings and the Family Business which are two well-regarded, practical books published by Palgrave. Her latest book, Transitioning from the Top: Personal Continuity Planning for the Retiring Family Business Leader, takes an in-depth look at the dynamics and challenges for leaders in transition and the systems around them, to deliver insights on sources of difficulty and tips and tools for effective planning.

Fluent in English and French, Stephanie has lived in Atlanta since 2005.


  • Governance
  • Succession & Continuity
  • Leadership & Next Generation Development


  • Best Doctoral Dissertation Award from The Family Firm Institute
  • Former Executive Editor of The Family Business Advisor

Concordia University - Ph.D. in psychology and MA in Clinical Psychology. Doctoral Dissertation: "Using theories of control and self-regulation to examine the leadership transition between a parent and child in family-owned businesses"

MBA from the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management and BA in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania

Family Business Advisor Articles:

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Building_a_Successful_BoardBuilding a Successful Family Business Board: A Guide for Leaders, Directors, and Families
In Building a Successful Family Business Board, the authors show why private firms need the in-depth expertise and objective feedback that a well-chosen board, including qualified independent directors, can provide, and demonstrates how owners and directors can work together to ensure a long and profitable life for the firm.

SiblingsSiblings & the Family Business: Making it Work for Business, the Family and the Future
The family business becomes much more complex as it goes from the founder to next generations. As more family members work together several challenges become apparent and can threaten the business if not addressed. This book shows the family members how to confront the problems and how to create solutions.



  • How Great Family Business Leaders Plan for an Enriching Retirement
  • Educating and Developing the Next Generation: From Classroom to Boardroom
  • Find and Keep the Best Independent Directors for Your Family Business
  • Role Transitions: Stepping In, Stepping Up and Stepping Out
  • Sibling Revelry
  • You Aren't The Boss of Me & Other Flashbacks from Childhood Sibling Partnerships


  • Essential Family Business Policies
  • Engaging the Next Generation 
  • Making Sibling Teams Work
  • Family Matters: Talkin' 'bout our Generations
  • Building and Maintaining an Effective Shareholder Group
  • Re-envisioning Retirement
  • Life Transitions and Family Estate Planning
  • Planning What's Next: How Family Business Leaders Successfully Redefine Retirement

"Stephanie Brun de Pontet's presentation to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America North Texas Chapter was an excellent overview of issues confronting family owned businesses.  I received some very helpful ideas and information for the transitioning of my business to my son."

Ann Kahn
Member of Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Kahn Mechanical

“Stephanie is an energetic and knowledgeable expert who shared real life experiences and engaged our members as she simplified the complex subject of succession planning. She proved to be an extraordinary resource to the center and our members. Her presentations received excellent reviews and hope to have her back.”

Donna Herlihy
New York Family Business Center

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