Pre-Conference Workshop Speakers
Teddie is the Founder and President of Family Office Matters, LLC, a unique firm that offers very personal and customized services to single and multi-client families. Teddie also offers consulting and advisory services to ultra high net worth wealth management groups and family office industry clients. Over the past 30 years, Teddie has worked to develop the Family Office concept integrating family dynamics and intergenerational issue of assets and inheritances.
Prior to founding Family Office Matters, LLC in 2006, Teddie served as Family Office Director and Senior Vice President of Synovus Financial where she built and managed their Family Asset Management Group before retiring from Synovus with 25 years of service. Teddie also served as Senior Managing Director for Education and Consulting for The Family Wealth Alliance, where she led the firm’s family education and private consulting initiatives until 2012. Having a passion for family education, Teddie Co-Founded FamilyPath Consulting, LLC in 2018 which offers a comprehensive education program helping families preserve their values through the generations.
Teddie is a noted conference presenter and serves in collaboration with industry family office providers.
Melissa Malloy is a co-founder and Managing Partner of FamilyPath Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in preserving family legacies for multi-generations. FamilyPath is a comprehensive education program that focuses on growth and development of future family leaders to preserve their legacy. The firm’s structured approach provides opportunities throughout the stages of life that reinforce family values and mission. They provide planning, education, experiences, coaching, accountability and reinforcement every step of the way.
In addition to being a Managing Partner of FamilyPath Consulting, Melissa also is the CEO/ President of Pathway Consulting. She brings over 20 years’ experience in the global payments space. She consults with B2B companies and individuals specializing in Client Experience Management, Strategic Planning, Leadership Development & Executive Coaching, Process Improvement, and Employee Engagement. She works with all levels of leadership to deliver on their brand promise, make customers for life, and create highly engaged leaders and teams.
Melissa is a skilled facilitator and public speaker. She is a certified Coach, Speaker, and Trainer and part of the John Maxwell Team.
Nancy is a co-founder and Partner of FamilyPath Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in preserving family legacies for multi-generations. FamilyPath focuses on development of future generations with a goal of preserving the values, vision and legacy of multi-generation families. They provide educational experiences combined with coaching.
Nancy combines over 25 years of experience in corporate learning and development with a passion to see families succeed in today’s fast paced world. She serves as a coach, facilitator and content developer for FamilyPath Consulting. She is a certified Coach, Speaker and Trainer through the John Maxwell Team organization.
Family Office Session Speakers
Leslie C. Voth is President and Chief Executive Officer of Pitcairn, a recognized global leader in the specialized multi-family office marketplace. Leslie’s industry experience and invaluable insights have contributed to the success of both the firm and its clients. She has been a member of Pitcairn’s senior management team since 1996. She has served in several leadership roles including Director of Marketing from 1996-2001, President of the Wealth Management Group from 2002-2008, and President and Chief Operating Officer from 2008 until assuming her current responsibilities.
Leslie is directly responsible for overall corporate planning and strategic growth, and oversees all client relationships. She has played a key role in Pitcairn’s growth and expansion, spearheading development and implementation of an industry-leading 100% open architecture investment platform, and developing a total wealth management strategy utilized by the firm’s clients. She has pioneered the creation of multi-disciplinary teams to collaboratively meet the increasingly complex needs of the firm’s clients.
Leslie was named “Family Office Leader of the Year” at the Family Office Review Awards 2015 for her dedication as a leader and for her contributions to the family office industry. She was also awarded the top honor of “Women in Wealth Management” at the Family Wealth Report Awards 2014 for her individual contributions to the wealth management industry. Leslie is regularly quoted in industry publications including Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, The International Family Offices Journal, Private Wealth, and Family Wealth Report.
In addition, Leslie is a member the Wigmore Association, a global collaboration of chief executive officers and chief investment officers from eight family offices from across North America, Europe, Australia, and South America. The group, which launched in 2011, exchanges views, research, and insight to enable members to enhance their global perspectives and enrich their business models and investment processes.
Leslie joined Pitcairn in 1993, serving as Director of Marketing and Communications. In that capacity, she founded the Pitcairn Women’s Forum, the firm’s pioneering and much-praised educational program targeted to women.
A veteran of the financial industry with over two decades of accomplishment, Leslie also served for nine years as Vice President of the Meritor Financial Group before joining Pitcairn.
She holds a degree from Wheaton College and, outside of her professional duties, is involved with many groups that support the arts and is an avid gardener.
Steve Smitherman has over 16 years of family office experience. He is Vice President of The Family Office, LLC and The Family Private Trust, LLC and where he manages client family relationships, private trust company and family office operations. His areas of focus include financial reporting, technology, trust administration, client/beneficiary relationships, tax, and estate planning.
Steve is a Certified Public Accountant and earned BA degrees in Business and Marketing from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. He is a member of the Tennessee Society of CPAs and a founding member of Society of Leaders in Development (S.O.L.I.D). He also volunteers with several organizations, including CPA Dads, Abba’s Way, and Father’s Heart.
As Director of the Cathy Family Office, Ryan is responsible for overseeing the financial and operating functions of the family office. These functions include financial planning, tax planning, estate planning, real property management, risk management, and philanthropy. Ryan also spends a considerable amount of time with Gen 3 discussing various topics, but mainly just walking through life with them as a friend and advisor. Ryan also has the opportunity to serve with Roy on many Chick-fil-A, Inc. initiatives as well.
Prior to joining Chick-fil-A, Inc. and the Cathy Family Office, Ryan spent over 6 years in public accounting. In that role, he spent over 4 years working in tax; focusing on large C and S Corporations and high-wealth individuals. His primary responsibility was compliance, but he also had the opportunity to assist with tax planning strategies and overall financial planning. In addition, he spent a year-and-a-half working in audit. On the financial audit side, Ryan worked in the areas of R&D, manufacturing, and construction, and also assisted with 4 non-profit audits. Further, he spent two summers joining the ERISA compliance team in order to learn the basics of 401(k) and profit-sharing audits.
Ryan is a graduate of Clemson University and holds a bachelors and master’s degree. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in 2004 and later earned his Masters of Professional Accountancy with an emphasis in Taxation in 2006, after spending 1 year in between interning in both industry and public accounting. He holds a CPA license in the state of Georgia.
Ryan grew up in Seneca, SC and, while attending Clemson, met his wife and best friend, Shelley.They have been married almost 11 years and have two wonderful sons, ages 8 and 6.Most of their time is spent either on the baseball field with their boys or outdoors as the entire family enjoys being outside.Ryan also enjoys Clemson football and hunting.They worship at Dogwood Church and Ryan currently serves on the State and local committees of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a charity focused on the conservation of wildlife for future generations.Additionally, he is on the Board of Sharpsburg Youth Baseball; an organization that hosts over 1,000 kids each year for both competitive and non-competitive baseball.In addition to his role on the Board, he coaches both his sons’ teams each Spring, Summer, and Fall season.Professionally, Ryan serves on two committees for one of the Family’s foundations – the Audit Committee (Chair) and the Investment Advisory Committee.He also serves on the Board of a fixtures and hardware manufacturing company owned wholly by the Family.
Kristin Martin is the Manager of the Love Family Office in Oklahoma City, OK. Tom and Judy Love founded Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc. in 1964. Since this time Love’s has grown to more than 460 locations in 41 states with more than 22,000 employees.
The Love family is very much involved in the day to day operations of the Love’s Family of Companies. Generations one through three serve as active employees in the business. The Love Family Office serves the three generations by offering accounting, cash flow management, estate planning, trust administration, foundation administration, real estate management, legal, risk management, governance, education, and tax planning services to the family.
Kristin joined Loves in 2008 serving in the income tax department. In 2011, the Love family decided to formalize the family office. Kristin left the tax department to help launch the Love Family Office and develop and expand the services offered to the Love family.
Prior to joining Loves, Kristin worked in public accounting for seven years. She has also served in different capacities in private industry.
Kristin is a member of the AICPA and the Oklahoma Society of CPAs. She is very active in her community volunteering in the Oklahoma City and Yukon public school systems as well as serving in many different volunteer roles over the years within her church.
Robert H. Crosby III is a 4th generation landowner and has been President of Cosby Land & Resources since 1997. After graduating from Louisiana State University in 1977, Robert joined the family business as a salesman for the manufacturing plants. As the company evolved from a manufacturing company to a timberland company, Robert’s position within the company changed as well. By 1982, Robert was responsible for both the forest and mineral management of the company. The New Orleans-based company, which owns 135,000 acres in western Louisiana, is one of the nation’s largest family-owned non-industrial timberland businesses.
Robert has served in many leadership roles in and out of the forestry including current President, Board of Director and Executive Committee of Forest Landowners Association, Board of Director and Past President of Louisiana Forestry Association, Chairman of the Board of Louisiana Forestry Foundation, Advisory Board to the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center and Board of Director, Past Chairman of the Board and 20 years served on the Board of Directors of LSU Foundation.
In 2013, Robert was named national Forest Landowner of the Year by Forest Landowners Association.
Robert and his wife, Kim, have 3 grown children and recently welcomed their first grandchild.
Christine Galloway is the retired President & CEO of a large, established and highly professional family office, Okabena Company, serving the Dayton family. Her strategic leadership led to the development and execution of the company’s long-range strategic plan resulting in the professionalization of operations; the infusion of risk management, transparency and accountability into every aspect of the investment management process; and the creation of a positive corporate culture resulting in an exceptional level of client and employee satisfaction.
Chris’s strategic leadership capabilities led to Okabena Company’s recognition as an industry thought leader in the design and delivery of customized solutions via a fully integrated platform of investment and financial services characterized by excellent investment performance and sophisticated long-range planning designed to grow and preserve wealth. Integral to Okabena’s service delivery were communication processes and educational programs that have been adopted by peers across the family office industry.
Chris currently serves as director and/or trustee on various family office, private company and non-profit boards.
Greg is recognized as one of the leading strategic thinkers and family dynamics facilitators with regard to the long-term well-being of Enterprising Families and sustainable relationships with their service providers. He is responsible for leading all aspects of RayLign including business management, business development and relationship management. Prior to founding RayLign in 2004, Greg was Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at John A. Levin & Co., a publicly-traded asset management company that included a family office and over $13 billion in assets under management; Managing Director and builder of a strategic consulting practice called BARRA Strategic Consulting Group (that became Casey Quirk & Associates and sold to Deloitte in 2016); and Managing Director of his family business, RogersCasey, engaging in asset manager due diligence, asset allocation and investment program monitoring on behalf of Fortune 500 institutional investors (sold to BARRA Inc. in 1996). Business projects spanned the globe including the US, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. In addition to his current corporate responsibilities, Greg is Executive Committee Board Member at the Ackerman Institute for the Family; Greenwich Academy Board Trustee – Head of Diversity Committee and Member of the Investment Committee; Collaboration for Family Flourishing Member; TIGER21 Member; is guest speaker at Columbia University’s Family Business Center and YPO, and has been IPI Wharton Private Wealth Management Program adjunct professor. Greg earned an MBA in International Finance from the New York University Stern School. He graduated from Brown University with a BA in Economics, Organizational Behavior and Management, with coursework in Psychology
Amelia Renkert-Thomas is the founder of Renkert Thomas Consulting LLC, and the author of Engaged Ownership: A Guide for Owners of Family Businesses (Wiley, 2015).
Renkert Thomas Consulting LLC is a U.S.-based consultancy focused on family enterprises—businesses, family offices, trusts, private trust companies, and foundations. RTC works with family enterprise owners on issues related to strategy, ownership, and governance. Amelia brings technical expertise, multi-disciplinary training, and extensive experience to governance design; business operations and strategy; law; and family systems and organizational development.
Engaged Ownership, a division of Renkert Thomas Consulting, offers training and education to family members, directors, managers, and their advisors, to improve engagement and foster more effective stewardship of family enterprises of all shapes and sizes.
A tax, trusts and estates attorney by training, Amelia co-founded Withers Consulting Group LLC in 2013, and prior to opening her consulting practice, was a Partner at the international law firm Withers Bergman LLP, where she co-chaired the firm’s Family Office Group. Amelia received her B.A. from Yale College, her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and her LL.M in Taxation from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Bonnie Gauger is Human Resources Director at Johnson Keland Management, Inc., the Racine, Wisconsin-based Family Office for the individual members of the Samuel C. Johnson and Karen Johnson Boyd families. In addition to 13 years of HR leadership experience in the Family Office industry, she has nearly 20 years of experience in the human resources field, including roles as Vice President of Human Resources and Learning and Development at BNY Clearing, a securities clearing subsidiary of the Bank of New York, and previously held HR and Corporate Training positions at Milwaukee-based Assurant Health. She is an active member of the local and national chapters of the Society of Human Resources Management. She is also a dedicated volunteer and advisory committee member for the Wisconsin Humane Society as well as Crossroads Career Network, a program that assists job seekers. Bonnie holds an MBA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Mariann Mihailidis serves as managing director and consultant to family office members of the Family Office Exchange. In her role she oversees the management of all domestic family office relationships. As a practicing tax and estate-planning attorney, she develops strategies in wealth transfer issues, taxes, and corporate structures. Mariann has served as an executor and trustee, and her fiduciary responsibilities included administrative, legal, and accounting duties of various trusts and estates.
Prior to joining FOX in 1996, Mariann worked in one of America’s leading family offices for four years as an accounting manager for the family’s investment partnerships and operating companies.
She also spent more than six years in public accounting, including work as an auditor for Price Waterhouse. Mariann received a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from the University of Notre Dame and a JD from IIT-Kent College of Law.
Charlie inspires families to achieve their legacy for the next 100 years.
He leads the firm’s family enterprise advisory offerings, which includes solutions for families, their family business and family office. He leads projects in family and business governance, succession planning, setting up family offices, and performing diagnostic reviews of existing family offices to ensure they most effectively support the family and its desired legacy.
Charlie has worked in professional services for over 25 years, as a consultant, banker and wealth advisor. For the last 15 years, he has worked exclusively with very wealthy families, their businesses and their family offices.
He is a frequent speaker and contributor on family office and succession topics, including working with Family Business Magazine in 2016 to produce five videos discussing family business basics.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Management from Baylor University and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM, with a Six Sigma green belt for process design.
Charlie coached youth baseball for 15 years and has developed and taught a personal finance class for high school students. He lives in Flower Mound, Texas, with his wife and 3 sons.
In excess of twenty-five years of law enforcement and correctional experience with the Houston Police Department and Texas Department of Criminal Justice to include operations and experience at line, supervisory and management levels. Extensive experience in street level patrol, gang, tactical, narcotics and other crime reduction efforts. Command experience in homeland security, crisis management and civil disturbance operations. Multiyear (11) investigative, supervisory and managerial experience in fraud and financial crimes to include oversight of United States Secret Service and F.B.I. financial crimes task forces. Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement and Police Science (Sam Houston State University) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
Laura Liang is a Vice President of Operations and Accounting for the Dan L Duncan Family Office and the Chief Grants Officer for the Dan L Duncan Foundation both based in Houston, Texas. Laura has worked in this family office since its formal inception in 2000, and has worked with the family to grow help segregate the family office from the family operating business. Prior to becoming part of the family office, Laura held various roles in the family operating business including Contract Administrator, Distribution Analyst and Manager of Business Development. In 2015 Laura added the role of Chief Grants Officer with the Dan L Duncan Foundation as it begins active grant making in 2016.
In addition to her duties in the Dan L Duncan Family Office, Laura serves on the board of the Private Investor Coalition, and the Advisory Committee for the Southeast Family Office Forum. Laura is a former Advisory Board member for Family Office Exchange.
Laura has taken an active role in her community by serving on the board of Heroes for Children, The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, Lone Star Swim Team, and is a volunteer with her children’s boy and girl scout troops, swim team, band, basketball and dance. Laura has an accounting degree from Western Illinois University and lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, four teenage children and their dog.
Family Business Session Speakers
Dr. Marion McCollom Hampton is a co-founder and Senior Partner at BanyanGlobal. She has been active in the family business field for 25 years, and has been named a Fellow in the Family Firm Institute. She is co-author of a foundational work in the family business field, Generation to Generation: Life Cycles of the Family Business (with Kelin Gersick, John Davis, and Ivan Lansberg, Harvard Business School Press, 1997).
Marion’s family business advisory practice focuses on helping families address relationship and governance issues to achieve business continuity from generation to generation. She has served clients and run educational programs for families in business in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East, as well as in the United States.
Marion was on the Organizational Behavior faculty of Boston University’s School of Management from 1986 to 1997. She has published a number of articles on the structure and dynamics of family owned business, in addition to cases, scholarly articles on organizational culture, and two books dealing with organizational issues. She has also taught in university executive leadership programs at Dartmouth’s Tuck School and the Wharton School, as well as in private corporate programs for Carrier, General Electric, Caterpillar, Grant Thornton LLP, and JP Morgan Chase Private Bank.
She received an AB magna cum laude from Harvard University, an MPPM (masters of management) from the Yale School of Management, and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior, with Distinction, from Yale University. She is a member of the Kaw/Kanza tribe of Oklahoma and lives with her daughter in Belmont, Massachusetts.
As Senior Director of the Cathy Family Office, Roy’s primary responsibilities include overseeing the family office team, advising Cathy Family members on investing and giving options and helping mentor Gen 3. Roy also serves as a family and company ambassador in a variety of initiatives inside and outside Chickfil-A.
Roy has served as Managing Director of three private equity funds and on the Boards of multiple private companies and non-profit entities. He currently serves as a trustee of the Eagle Ranch Foundation.
From November 1998 through January 2004 Roy was responsible for the Family Office of Henry F. “Hank” McCamish, where he served as the Chief Investment Officer, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of the McCamish Group, L.P., in Atlanta, GA. He also served as the President of McCamish Foundation. The focus was on entrepreneurial investing with all gains being given to Christian, educational and humanitarian causes. Hank empowered Roy to serve on many early stage ministry boards to help secure the best business practices were brought to the ministry field to help aid their long-term success, with God’s blessing, of course.
Roy practiced law for 14 years in a law firm that he co-founded. His practice was focused on commercial real estate transactions and development, private equity, estate planning, deal structure and finance of complex transactions. For the last several years of his legal career, Roy functioned as primary advisor to several extraordinary families and gained intimate exposure to the inner workings of private companies, successful families, investment strategies and intergenerational planning.
Roy is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington and Lee University. After several years in business where he led a successful start-up, Roy graduated from Emory University School of Law, with distinction, was awarded Order of the Coif honors and was on the Law Review. In 2000, Roy was admitted to practice before The Supreme Court of the United States of America.
A native Atlantan, Roy married his best friend and college sweetheart, Carter, 40 years ago. They have two grown sons and worship at The Church of the Apostles. Roy leads a weekly mentoring group/bible study with millennial men and also enjoys hiking, shotguns, and cooking on his Big Green Egg.
Ricky specializes in niche areas of tax planning and works directly with family offices and their trusted advisors. His expertise focuses on tax-deffered 1031 exchanges, conservation easements and numerous federal and state sponsored tax credit/deduction strategies. His prior work and board experience includes the International Taxation practice, Arthur Andersen; the Real Estate Taxation practice, Deloitte; Board of Directors, Atlanta Bar Association; Chair, Atlanta Bar’s Real Estate Section. He is the Past President of the Real Estate Group of Atlanta.
Family Connection Session Speakers
Jillian Wagenheim is the Founder and Principal Consultant at Sertus Consulting, LLC. With over a decade of experience in the non-profit sector, she has found her passion facilitating and acting as a change agent, helping nonprofits, individuals and multigenerational families explore next generation engagement in their philanthropy and family enterprises.
Jillian is a highly respected speaker, both nationally and internationally, on topics such as next generation engagement, innovation, values identification and generational personalities and perspectives.
Before opening her own consulting firm, Jillian was Director of Family Philanthropy at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta assisting multigenerational families with engaging the next generation. Prior to that, she held the position of Senior Philanthropic Advisor focusing on Next Gen Major Donors. Jillian also served as the Director of Membership Services at Ahavath Achim Synagogue, the largest and oldest Conservative synagogue in Atlanta. While there, she implemented programs focused on engaging the next generation in synagogue life which earned the synagogue national recognition with a Gold Solomon Schechter Award. Jillian taught fifth grade for three years in an Atlanta elementary school after earning a BA in Elementary Education at Michigan State University.
Jillian is adjunct faculty at Cox Family Enterprise Center at Kennesaw State University and a certified consultant/speaker for 21/64, a nonprofit specializing in mutigenerational engagement in philanthropy and family enterprise. She holds a Certificate in Family Wealth Advising (CFWA) and a Certificate in Family Business Advising (CFBA) from the Family Firm Institute.
Dr. John Townsend is a New York Times bestselling author, business consultant, leadership coach and psychologist. He has written over 30 books, selling 10 million copies, including the Boundaries series and his newest book, Leading From Your Gut, to be released summer of 2018.
For more than twenty years Dr. Townsend has engaged with leaders, organizations and individuals around the globe, offering them life-changing solutions to their challenges. He and his organization provide team and executive coaching, corporate consulting, and give conference presentations. Dr. Townsend personally also coaches families and family businesses.
John has launched TownsendNOW.com, a digital content and experience base for those wanting to lead and grow. In addition, the Townsend Leadership Program, which develops leaders nationwide, is conducted by a team of Directors who have been personally trained by John. Dr. Townsend is also founder of the online Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling at Concordia University Irvine, offering graduate degrees and credentialing in Organizational Leadership, Executive Coaching and Counseling.
Lee serves as Managing Partner of Meadowbrook Capital and is currently serving in Business Development for Wellspring Associates in Atlanta. He has also been Director of Planters Bank and Trust Company and the Mississippi Business Finance Corporation.
He is a graduate of The University of Mississippi and The University of Mississippi School of Law. He is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association.
Lee serves as Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church of Jackson. He is Chairman of the Board for National Center for Fathering and The Mississippi Charitable Foundation. He is a former Director of the Children’s Scholarship Fund of Jackson and has served as a Director of The University of Mississippi Alumni Association. He has served as Chairman of Mission Mississippi and as a Director of the Rotary Club of Jackson, The University of Mississippi Foundation and Patrick Morley Ministries and as President of The River Hills Club. He has served as state chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Chairman of YPO’s Christian Fellowship Network and also served on the Board of the WPO Rebel Chapter as its Network Coordinator.
Lee resides in Jackson with his wife, Lisa. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Next Gen Session Speakers
Janet Ries Stern, Senior Associate, maintains a coaching and consultancy practice with executives in the nonprofit sector (www.visionarieslogic.com). She is trained and certified by the 21/64 Foundation to facilitate conversations, governance, and plans for multi-generational philanthropy and family wealth. Janet is certified as an Associate Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation, having trained in the Certified Coach Training Program of Teleos Leadership Institute. As a member of the board of the Inglis Foundation, she founded the Awards for Continuing Excellence (ACE). She serves on the boards of WXPN and KYLDance Company. Janet has developed curriculum, taught, and held administrative positions at Germantown Friends and the Agnes Irwin School in Philadelphia and Rosemont, PA. She has extensive experience with environmental advocacy and secondary education. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the University of North Carolina.
Greg McCann is the founder, principal and leader of a national family business consulting firm that create workshops, consults, publishes, and generally innovates on issues of importance to family enterprises.
As an author, educator, coach, consultant and speaker, McCann works with family enterprises in the areas of leadership, succession, communication, conflict resolution, and with a special emphasis on helping the rising generation succeed in their careers and lives. Greg has coached leaders and executives for nearly 20 years and is certified in Leadership Agility and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
McCann wrote, When Your Parents Sign the Paychecks and Who Do You Think You Are? Aligning your Character and Reputation.
Beverly Brooks Thompson is a published academic and practitioner in the field of philanthropic leadership. She holds a Doctorate in Human Resource Development specializing in Organizational Leadership with more than 20 years of fundraising campaign experience. Beverly is the founder of Brooks Thompson Consulting, Brooks Thompson Consulting, an international fundraising advising and philanthropic management consulting firm specializing in transformational growth, impact giving, and strategic social engagement serving non-profits, organizations and corporations, and individual philanthropists. The Brooks Thompson team combines proven advancement principles and fundraising best practices with innovative, custom-tailored strategies to assist clients in realizing their philanthropic goals.
Programs under her direction have received national awards and recognition at CASE, APAP and NASPA, as well as awards from the Advertising Federation and numerous Public Relations organizations. Thompson has been licensed as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), is a Certified Advisor in 21/64 Next Generation Family Wealth and is a Master Trainer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society and, has been conferred an official State of Kentucky Colonel. She was recognized by the Baton Rouge Business Report in the 2008 class of Top Forty under 40 and 2018 class of Most Influential Women in Business, has been recognized as the Marketer of the Year by Sales and Marketing Association, and was named the 2017 Alumna of the Year by Louisiana State University College of Human Science and Education.
Thompson gained national attention as the Director for Forever LSU: The Campaign for Louisiana State University, supporting the three adjoining campuses of LSU. Raising more than $798 million exceeding the $750 million goal, the Forever LSU campaign has stood out as a paradigm for success in higher education campaigns nationwide.
This led to her joining one of the most prestigious consulting firms of its type in the country. As vice president and executive counsel for two years, Thompson was senior counsel to leadership of the most prestigious non-profit organizations and boards in the country with responsibility for campaign development, implementation and management for programs that exceed goals of $500 million. Beverly’s clients included such prestigious organizations as The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, Arizona State University Sun Devil Athletics, The Carnegie Science Center, UPMC Magee-Womens Research Institute, and Sigma Nu National Fraternity.
Thompson served as the President and Chief Development Officer at the Foundation for Woman’s in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In this role, Beverly established Woman’s first supporting 501 (c) 3 foundation, seated and managed the Board of Trustees and all strategic and fiscal management of the foundation, including a $4.2 million endowment and served as a member of the executive leadership team of Woman’s Hospital.
Beverly also serves on the boards of the LSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Junior League of Baton Rouge and the Kid’s Orchestra. With long-term relationships with her clients, former employers, colleagues and communities, Beverly seeks to engage and sustain each effort with which she develops a relationship.