Kim Schneider Malek
Family Enterprise Advisor
Family Business Consultant
Founder of Family Enterprise Alliance, LLC, Kim Schneider Malek is the 2014 recipient of the Family Firm Institute’s Barbara Hollander Achievement Award for leadership and educational contribution to the field of family enterprise. Since 1997, Kim has primarily focused on advancing the alliance of family and enterprise through consulting, facilitation, teaching, and custom program and curriculum design and delivery. Practice areas include ownership and management succession planning, shareholder family education, governance and board development, next generation leadership development, and facilitation of interpersonal family communication, group dynamics, building intentional family business cultures, and planning retreats.
Kim has been an adjunct graduate-level professor and executive education guest lecturer for several professional associations and universities including, since 2001, the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business where she received the Diamond Award for Teaching Excellence. Course topics include high performance management, leadership, interpersonal and small group communication, and family enterprise management and governance. She is a frequent speaker at family enterprise networks and family business centers including Institute for Family Business (UK), Family Enterprise Exchange (Canada), Business Enterprise Institute (US), YPO, Vistage, and Entrepreneur's Organization Family Business Network.
A founding co-editor of the Family Firm Institute’s (FFI) Practitioner, an interdisciplinary online publication for family-enterprise advisors, Kim is recognized as an FFI Fellow and served on the faculty of FFI’s Global Education Network, the FFI Body of Knowledge Committee, and on the Research Applied Board of the Family Business Review. Kim has been a planning member of the “think tank” called Psychosocial Dynamics of Family and Business (PDFB) and is a an active steward of the a community of learning called Collaboration for Family Flourishing.
Kim holds an M.B.A. from University of Denver's Daniels College of Business and a B.S. in Communication from Boston University. She also holds professional practitioner certificates in marriage and family therapy, Family Business Advising, and Family Wealth Advising relative to family dynamics and governance.
Active in the field of distance learning for the past 35 years, Kim has held a variety of positions and played instrumental roles in technology-based training, distance education program development, design, and delivery, and corporate and institutional university curriculum design and content development. She has been a frequent speaker and workshop presenter to constituents such as corporate HR and training professionals, educators, curriculum designers, military bases, and cable and technology executives. She transitioned industries following a three-month stint in Southeast Asia where she backpacked, taught English, and witnessed first-hand the economic, social, and community impact of family business.
A life member and past president of the board of the Allied Jewish Apartments (a low-income senior housing campus now called Kavod), Kim has served on several other local and national business, foundation, and non-profit boards and committees, including the Denver Jewish Day School, the Jewish Community Foundation of Colorado, and the JFNA National Young Leadership Cabinet. A Denver “40-Under-40” leadership award recipient, Kim completed executive development programs including Leadership Denver and INFLUENCE.
A second-generation family enterprise advisor trained by her father, industry leader Frank S. Schneider, the 2009 recipient of the globally-recognized FFI Interdisciplinary Achievement Award, Kim lives in Denver, Colorado with her family business owning husband, teen daughter, twin sons, and giddy Golden Retrievers, Maggy McPickles and Scout Bubzy. She also remains close to her medical foster son who was introduced to her by Dr. Rick Hodes, a 2007 CNN Hero of the Year finalist and the subject of both the award-winning HBO documentary Making the Crooked Straight by Susan Cohn Rockefeller ( and This Is a Soul by Marilyn Berger, esteemed writer and communicator ().