Ann Kinkade knows family enterprises inside out.

Ann demonstrates understanding of family firms’ economic and societal contributions and challenges.

Prior to Lucid Legacy, Ann initiated another groundbreaking entrepreneurial endeavor. In 2009, she founded Family Enterprise USA (FEUSA), the nation’s first non-profit, advocacy group dedicated to addressing family enterprise public image and public policy issues. Among other organizational initiatives, as its founding CEO and President, Ann:

  • executed the nation’s first series of public policy surveys of family firms
  • directed the publication of Issue Briefs
  • developed the first forum (Capital City Family Reunion) for family firms to convene in Washington D.C. with federally-elected policy makers.

Ann develops platform for family firm learning and cultivates relationship-building.

For a decade, Ann demonstrated her passion and commitment to family businesses while at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she:

  • successfully built a highly-regarded educational platform and a deeply-connected and thriving membership organization
  • initiated, developed and taught the university’s first course in Family Enterprise Ownership
  • shared her expertise by consulting with and serving on the boards of several family firms
  • delivered educational seminars around the nation.

Ann continually cultivates professional development and leadership opportunities.

Because ongoing growth and development is an essential component to Ann’s personal and professional life, she works with her own coach to hone her skills and increase self-awareness. In addition, she has mastered several professional development initiatives including:

  • completed over 350 hours of Executive Coach training, and passed oral and written exams to earn her certification from the International Coaching Federation (ICF)
  • completed training at the Columbia Leadership Institute where she now facilitates fast-track, experiential leadership programs
  • earned accreditation to administer numerous professional development assessment tools to help families and individuals achieve greater performance and professional satisfaction.

Ann has reviewed three published family business books and numerous published articles; her insights on a variety of family enterprise topics are solicited by the media and she has been quoted and published in many journals and newspapers. She has completed significant training and demonstrated expertise related to family systems and communication, governance and individual life stage development.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she double-majored in Marketing and Supply Chain Management.

She has held officer positions on several nonprofit boards, served on the boards of family businesses, and advised the Directors of family business boards.

Ann enjoys a variety of fitness activities, nature, reading, writing, yoga, personal growth, meditation, cats and dogs, and especially time with family and friends. She is a natural morning person and greets the sunrise over Lake Mendota whenever she is at home in Madison, WI.  Ann and her husband  have two adult children, one son-in-law, a grandson and one beloved cat (also known affectionately as Ann’s “executive assistant”.) Ann works from Naples, FL “seasonally” (Jan-March) and travels extensively for work with clients from around the nation.