Kim Schneider Malek, Family Business/Enterprise Consultant, Facilitator, and Speaker
Kim Schneider Malek (MBA, FBA, FWA), the 2014 recipient of the Family Firm Institute’s Barbara Hollander Achievement Award for leadership and educational contribution to the field of family enterprise, is the founder/president of Family Enterprise Alliance, LLC and Kischma Consulting, a dba. Since 1997, Kim has primarily focused on advancing family, enterprise, and individuals relative to succession, transition, governance, next generation leadership development, interpersonal communication, group dynamics, intentional cultures, and retreat facilitation.
Kim has been an adjunct professor and guest lecturer for several professional associations and universities including, since 2001, the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business where she received the Diamond Award for Teaching Excellence. She develops and teaches graduate-degree and professional credit courses in high performance management, leadership, communication, and family enterprise management and governance. She is an author, speaker, and workshop developer and facilitator for global organizations and associations committed to family business continuity and healthy dynamics in enterprising families.
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 currently serves on the faculty of FFI’s Global Education Network and on the practitioner published article review team for the Family Business Review. She was a member of the FFI Body of Knowledge committee. Kim has been a member of the “think tank” called Psychosocial Dynamics of Family and Business since 1997. She is a member of the Governing Board of a community of learning called Collaboration for Family Flourishing.
Kim holds an M.B.A. from University of Denver's Daniels College of Business, where she was president of the Graduate Business Student Association, a B.S. in Communication from Boston University, where she served as Chaplain for Delta Delta Delta sorority, and certificates in marriage and family therapy, Family Business Advising, and Family Wealth Advising relative to family dynamics and governance.
Prior to being in this field, Kim spent over a decade in a variety of positions in technology-based training, distance education, cable television programming, and corporate university content design. She was 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 business families.
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 husband, daughter, twin sons, and giddy Golden Retriever, Maggy McPickles. 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 Rockerfeller ( and This Is a Soul by Marilyn Berger, esteemed writer and communicator (www.thisisasoul.com).