Senior Advisor and Partner and C.O.O.
Cambridge Family Enterprise Group
Courtney Collette is the Chief Operating Officer of Cambridge Institute for Family Enterprise, a leading education and research institute dedicated to the significant issues family enterprises face. She is senior advisor and partner at Cambridge Advisors to Family Enterprise, a highly specialized international advisory firm serving family enterprises. Both organizations are divisions of Cambridge Family Enterprise Group, a global organization founded in 1989. It is devoted to helping families achieve multigenerational success for their families, enterprises, and financial wealth.
Since 2004, Ms. Collette has advised multigenerational family enterprises of diverse sizes, generations and industries in North America, Latin America and Europe. She assists families with the design and implementation of family governance, strengthening family unity, education and training of family members for future roles, preparation of the next generation, succession transitions, and facilitating difficult conversations.
Since 2011, Ms. Collette has led the Cambridge Institute’s start-up and growth. She oversees its research studies and publications, and designs curricula for cutting-edge conferences and education programs worldwide for family business audiences. For several years, she has served as a facilitator at Harvard Business School’s Families in Business program, a six-day course that examines pivotal issues facing multigenerational family enterprises. For over a decade, she has led the facilitation team and contributed to the curriculum design for the Families in Business program.
Ms. Collette has contributed important publications pertaining to the success of family enterprises. She is a co-author of the book, Next Generation Success (Cambridge Family Enterprise Press, 2014), and the forthcoming book, Understanding the Power of Ownership: A Guide to the Rights and Responsibilities of Family Enterprise Ownership (Cambridge Family Enterprise Press). She is co-author of several Harvard Business School case studies and multimedia courseware on family-owned businesses throughout the world.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Collette was a research associate at Harvard Business School for four years, where she studied family companies, wrote case studies, produced video cases, and developed educational materials on family enterprises. She also assisted in the design and operations of the MBA course, Management of the Family Business, at Harvard Business School, led by Professor John A. Davis.
Ms. Collette earned her M.B.A. from Babson College and her B.A. in Sociology from the University of California. She completed coursework at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.