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Kathleen M. Rehl, Ph.D., CFP®, CFT™

Kathleen M. Rehl, Ph.D., CFP®, CFT™
Founder, Rehl Wealth Collaborations

Kathleen M. Rehl, Ph.D., CFP®, CeFT® is the author of the multi-award winning book, Moving Forward on Your Own: A Financial Guidebook for Widows. Dr. Rehl is passionate about empowering her “widowed sisters” to feel financially secure . . . and helping advisors work effectively with these women. Kathleen and her work have been featured in dozens of publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Kiplinger’s, Money, U.S News and World Report, CNBC, Reuters, USA Today, AARP Bulletin and many more. Enthusiastic sponsors of her presentations include planning firms, industry affiliates, nonprofits, professional organizations, and U.S. Army Outreach Services centers worldwide. After 17 years of providing personal financial advice, she sold her business at the end of 2013 to devote more time to teaching, speaking and writing. Kathleen is also on the faculty of Sudden Money Institute.

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Dean of
Interdisciplinary Fluency

Dean R. Fowler, Ph.D.

Dean R. Fowler, Ph.D.
President, Dean Fowler Associates, Inc.

Dean R. Fowler, Ph.D. is recognized as one of the world’s leading family business advisors. He developed his consulting practice by providing integrated services focusing on the “soft side of hard issues” by working collaboratively with other professionals. He drew upon his broad range of multidisciplinary expertise as both a clinically trained therapist and experienced strategic business consultant. Now semi-retired, he facilitates his Forums for Family Business which are roundtable peer groups for family members in family business.

The Family Firm Institute awarded him the prestigious “Award for Interdisciplinary Achievement”.  He is Fellow Emeritus at the Purposeful Planning Institute based in Denver, Colorado and a past member of the Milwaukee Estate Planners Forum.

He is author of three books:  Love, Power and MoneyFamily Business Success Factors and Proactive Family Business Successors all available at his website – or at Amazon books.


Dean of
Generational Impact

Lisa Niemeier, Dean of Generational Impact

Lisa Niemeier
Founder and Managing Member of graymatter Strategies LLC

Lisa Niemeier is an award-winning consultant and a specialist in the impact of generational biases and perspectives on family interaction, trust, and governance. Becoming a single mom at age 27 showed Lisa the life-altering impact of generational views on one’s future. Her first career as a financial advisor fueled her passion for helping generations within families talk about ‘the money.’ Founding graymatter in 2002, she shifted the “generational differences in the workplace” conversation to the source of family wealth, the family itself.

Her speaking and family wealth engagements have spanned five continents and over eight countries. Lisa has worked with family members ranging in number from eight to 65 and in wealth from double-digit millions to double-digit billions. She is a well-respected thought leader, speaker, and educator. She has written two best-selling books and is a prolific contributor to wealth management journals and other industry publications. Her work is highly complementary to the work of other types of family advisors and has been cited by major financial institutions and researchers.

Happily, Lisa married in 2015 after 31 years of being single. She and her husband Bernie live in Richmond, VA with their two canine children, Peter and Edmund, and within an hour of her now grown daughter, son-in-law, and two precious grandchildren.

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