Kristi Daeda

President and CEO
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Areas of Expertise

  • Board Development
  • Independent Director Search
  • Family Governance
  • Family Business Education
  • Leadership Development
  • Team Development
  • Change Management
  • Coaching

I’ve never heard a family say, ‘We should have waited to do this work,’ but I’ve often heard them say they should have started years ago.


Kristi Daeda

Kristi is the President and CEO of The Family Business Consulting Group, overseeing firm strategy as well as the platform which supports the firm’s clients and consultants. Her past roles within FBCG included leadership in a variety of practice areas, such as family and corporate governance, family enterprise education, and knowledge development and research on family enterprise topics.

Prior to her work in the family business field, Kristi held management roles in e-commerce, insurance and hospitality, with a focus on leadership and people development. She also served as an independent consultant and coach to senior executives. 

Kristi is a member of the Family Firm Institute where she’s contributed to their publication, The Practitioner, and has served on steering committees for the Family Wealth Alliance and the Private Directors Association national board.

Kristi’s articles have appeared in Crain’s Chicago Business and Family Business Magazine, and she’s been a contributing author to two books: Launchpad, a guide to building a successful career, and Lenses of Leadership: A Call to Action. Today she remains a frequent speaker and writer on the themes of family business, governance, leadership and strategy. 


Kristi holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Roosevelt University and a master’s degree in learning and organizational change at Northwestern University.


In addition to her professional activities, Kristi is involved with her local school and an organization that provides pro-bono strategic consulting to nonprofit organizations. An amateur painter and avid home cook, she lives with her husband, two children and dog in the suburbs of Chicago.

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