Kate Barnwell

P: 914-727-7007

Areas of Expertise

  • Succession & Continuity Planning
  • Governance: Organizing & Educating the Family
  • Orchestrating Professional Advisors

My advice to families who want to thrive in working together is: Don’t go it alone! Use advisors who listen first, ask productive questions and respond with recommendations that meet your family’s unique needs.


Kate Barnwell

Kate is a consultant with The Family Business Consulting Group helping families define, align and realize their goals for ownership and effective management of their enterprise. She advocates for governance policies and communication practices that sustain sound family decision-making.

Experienced in business planning and financial analysis, Kate encourages family owners to stay well-informed and communicate with management regularly on business performance.  Skilled at collaborating with attorneys, tax advisors and valuation specialists, Kate orchestrates families’ advisor teams to plan for and address complex issues that can arise with changes in leadership or ownership. 

She became a family business consultant to build on decades of work with and for family businesses, most recently as a non-family manager serving a G2 owner group.  Kate values lessons learned from her work with accomplished family executives in fine art, commercial real estate and hospitality. 

She was raised by an entrepreneur and is empathetic to the founder’s drive for care and control of both the business and the family.  At the same time, Kate recognizes that good things happen when next-gen family members are supported in discovering their strengths and capacity to lead. She has a particular interest in women leaders and their agency within family groups. 


  • MBA, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • BS, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University


Kate and her husband Nick divide their time between Dallas, TX and their family home north of New York City, getting outside to hike and bike wherever they are. Kate treasures time for cooking together with her grown children, wandering through an art exhibit and gathering with three generations of family at the Jersey shore.

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