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.
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
"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."
Member of Air Conditioning Contractors of America
“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.”
New York Family Business Center