- Specializes in developing “next generation” talent, and provides support as young adults discover how to be leaders and owners in the family enterprise
- Leverages nearly twenty years of clinical experience working with couples, individuals and families from a family systems perspective
- Assists family enterprises in managing complex ownership systems and works with multi-generational families to prepare for transitions
- Develops family governance procedures and family office management strategies, designed to improve overall efficiency and effectiveness
- Draws upon extensive personal experience as a fifth-generation member of a business-owning family and trustee and Board member of family enterprise
- Leverages skills gained at Kellogg Graduate School of Management’s “Governing the Family Business” program and Family Firm Institute’s “Family Business Advising” certificate program (in progress)
- Presents at leading conferences such as Young Presidents Organization and Babson College’s Institute for Family Enterprising on various topics, including: “Engaging and Developing the Next Generation,” and “Establishing Family Governance Systems”
- Current research focus: “The Unintended Consequences of Family Trusts”
Carolyn Dryfoos Greenspon successfully leverages her extensive experience in working with families to build effective family governance structures and to prepare the next generation to assume responsibility as owners and leaders of the family enterprise. Carolyn is passionately committed to her belief that “if you take care of the family, you take care of the business,” and she relies on this philosophy as the cornerstone of her outstanding work in the areas of transition and family governance.
Before joining Relative Solutions, Carolyn had a psychotherapy practice for 18 years, working with children, adolescents, adults and families. In addition to her work as a therapist, Carolyn had a private consulting practice working with multigenerational family businesses and families who share substantial assets.
As a fifth-generation member of a family business, Carolyn is uniquely qualified to combine her years of specialized, focused training with her personal experience navigating the complexity of membership in a family which shares financial and business assets.
Carolyn received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, and her Masters in Social Work from Simmons College in Boston. Additionally, she earned post-graduate certificates in Substance Abuse Treatment and Child Psychotherapy. She is a member of the Family Firm Institute.