Kim Schneider Malek (MBA, FBA, FWA), is a professional family business speaker, consultant, facilitator, and breakout session guide. She has worked with families, businesses, family offices, governing boards, associations, peer groups, and professional service firms in more than 50 countries including Italy, Belgium, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, England, Scotland, the Middle East, Nigeria, China, and Vietnam. She recently spoke at the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) Global Family Retreat, Institute for Family Business (United Kingdom), Hawaii Family Business Center, Washington University Executive Education Leaders' Panel, and the Family Firm Institute's Global Education Network where she serves on the faculty. Authentically delivering custom-designed and content-rich keynotes and workshops to over 300 organizations, Kim's area of focus is on the behavioral science of ownership transition planning, organizational continuity, succession planning, governance, family unity, next generation development, leadership, and entrepreneurship in the family business.
Kim also concentrates on helping organizations cultivate mindsets and cultures of engagement, connection, and enterprising accountability through proprietary group dynamic programs called Kaweka Ventures and Awepreneurship.
Kim is an internationally recognized thought leader and educator in the field of family business and enterprise continuity, recieving the Family Firm Institute’s esteemed Barbara Hollander Achievement Award in late 2014. A second-generation family business member herself, Kim is the founder and president of the Family Enterprise Alliance, LLC, a consulting firm advancing family enterprises and members toward their desired future story. Kim often designs, develops, and delivers planning and insight retreats for peer groups, affinity associations, and private clients.
Kim has been teaching since 2001 at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business where she received the Diamond Award for Teaching Excellence. She also has over 25-years of experience in training and educational speaking and a wide array of expertise in content and curriculum design., especially relative to high performance management, family and enterprise succession, family enterprise consulting, innovation and entrepreneurship, group dynamics, leadership in governance, interpersonal communication, collaborative learning, and public speaking, which she also taught as an undergraduate for-credit course in the School of Accountancy at the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business.
A Family Firm Institute Fellow, Kim was the founding co-editor of The FFI Practitioner, an internationally-oriented online publication for family enterprise advisors and she currently serves on the Family Business Review Executive Summary Advisory Board. Kim served on the FFI Body of Knowledge committee and as faculty at the Business Enterprise Institute for Exit and Succession Planning. Kim has published several articles, authored a variety of white papers, wrote monthly family busienss columns, and has been cited for her family business expertise in Business Week (online), Family Business Magazine, Institute for Family Enterprise Advisors (Canada), Institute for Family Business (UK), Boston and Denver Business Journals, The Guardian (UK), and the Denver Post. She has been an active participant in the “think tank” called Psychosocial Dynamics of Family and Business since 1997 and now serves on the Governing Board of Collaboration for Family Flourishing.
Kim holds an M.B.A. from University of Denver, a B.S. in Communication and Public Relations from Boston University, and certificates in family therapy, family business advising, the family dynamics of wealth, group facilitation, and conflict management. She also attended Tel Aviv University in Israel.
Prior to entering the field of family business advising, Kim spent over a decade in technology-and-web-based training, distance education, and corporate university programming. She transitioned industries following a three-month stint in Southeast Asia where she backpacked, taught English, and discovered a passion for working with enterprising families.
Active on several community and national governing boards and committees, Kim has chaired, presented at, and served as a motivational speaker at multiple 1,000+ person philanthropic events. A “40-Under-40” Denver leadership award recipient, Kim is a graduate of several year-long executive development programs including the Chamber’s Leadership Denver and INFLUENCE.
A second-generation family enterprise and management consultant initially trained by her father, industry leader and 2007 FFI Interdisciplinary Achievement Award recipient, Frank S. Schneider, Kim lives in Colorado with her husband, pre-teen daughter, twin sons, and giddy Golden Retriever, Maggy McPickles. She remains close to the family of her Ethiopian medical foster son who was placed in her care by the Joint Distribution Committee’s Dr. Rick Hodes, a 2007 finalist for CNN Heroes and the subject of both the award-winning HBO documentary, “Making the Crooked Straight” by Susan Cohn Rockefeller and the book, This Is A Soul, by Marilyn Berger. Her medical foster son was the genisus inspiration for the AWepreneurship program.
- Article archives available by request: Kim@advancingfamilyenterprise.com White papers on succession, governance, family meetings, creating enterprising families' universities, finding humor in family business, strategic planning for succession
- White paper: "Connecting the Fits and Starts of Succession So Planning Starts and Fits for Continuity" (Kim@advancingfamilyenterprise.com)
- White paper: "S.H.I.F.T. G.E.A.R.S. -- The Seven Points for Gaining Traction in Building Enterprising Cultures"
- White paper: "Open Systems Management (OSM): A Seven-Step Process for Building Cultures for Succession in Businesses and Families"
- White paper: "Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship: Putting I.C.E. in the Veins of the Family Business"
- Short story: Akewak's Journey from McCormick Place to McCormick Place -- How Crooked, Spartan, Rain, and Questions Saved A Boy and Changed A Community
- Family Firm Institute's Barbara Hollander Award for Leadership and Educational Contribution to the global field of family enterprise (award October 2014)
- University of Denver's Daniels College of Business -- Diamond Award for Teaching Excellence
- "40 Under 40" (Denver, Colorado)