Amy Schuman
P: 847-207-1743

Areas of Expertise

  • Managing Family Business Paradoxes
  • Designing & Implementing Governance Frameworks
  • Communication & Conflict Resolution
  • Next Generation Development
  • Leadership Development & Coaching
  • Succession & Continuity Planning
  • Team Building
  • Managing the Challenges of Cousin Transitions
  • Evolving from a Family Business to a Family Enterprise

Families in business together carry extra burdens. It’s hard enough to be a loving, strong family these days, but the added responsibilities (and rewards!) of sharing an enterprise makes it even tougher. Take time to enjoy what’s going well – to have fun together and simply laugh together, to appreciate all the successes of the past. That gives you fuel to face and solve the challenges in the future.


Amy Schuman

A senior advisor of The Family Business Consulting Group, Amy Schuman supports family businesses seeking to maximize success and strength in both their family and their business. For more than 20 years, Amy has helped hundreds of families implement the systems, structures and relationships needed to be effective stewards of their enterprises. 

Many clients come to Amy early in their planning process, and she works closely with family members, owners, non-family executives and trusted advisors to facilitate a big picture, long-term strategy for successful continuity. In other cases, the family, owners and/or business are facing a difficult circumstance, even a crisis. In these cases, Amy has the experience and knowledge to chart a path through the tough issues and get to a place where a more strategic, long-term and less emotional approach can be implemented.

Amy has worked with complex family businesses, large and small, across North America and abroad. She has helped families create Family Councils, Ownership Councils, Boards of Directors, Constitutions, Policies and Guidelines, Family Education, Team Building, and many other useful tools and techniques. Rather than following one set consulting approach, Amy sees each family and business as individual, and adapts her approach to the unique needs and opportunities of each client.

As a founding facilitator of the Next Generation Leadership Institute at the Chicago Loyola University Family Business Center, Amy coached young men and women to assume leadership positions in their family businesses. She also founded and facilitated Loyola’s first Peer Advisory Group for Women and taught group process and facilitation skills in Loyola’s Family Business Communication Institute.

Prior to joining FBCG, Amy served as a key non-family executive at Fel-Pro, Inc., a fourth-generation automotive manufacturer. She directed Organization Development, Leadership Development and Total Quality efforts for the firm and helped develop the award-winning corporate culture that led the company to be named among the “Top 10 of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America.” 

Amy is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Center for Family Enterprise, Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. She has presented at many family business centers across the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America, as well as presenting for YPO and WPO events, the Family Firm Institute and the Family Business Network across the globe. She is the co-author of five family business books, including Human Resources in the Family Business: Maximizing the Power of Your People, Family Business as Paradox and Family Education for Business Owning Families.


  • B.A. in Psychology, Oberlin College
  • MBA, The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
  • Completed the Center for Conflict Resolution's 40-hour Performance-Based Mediation Skills Training


Amy has been a meditation practitioner and student in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition since 2012. She’s volunteered with Chicago-based organizations like Curt’s Café, Uptown Café, and Growing Home.

She climbed Mt. Rainier at age 16, and has lots of outdoor wilderness experience, including sessions with National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in the Wind River Range near Lander, WY and in Baja CA.

Amy and her husband live in Evanston and have three adult children and three brilliant grandchildren. She loves to knit and has taken up drawing and painting.

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