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Institute for Family Culture

Stephanie Duignan

Senior Director

Stephanie Duignan

As senior director of the Institute for Family Culture, Stephanie’s work focuses on growth, communication effectiveness, and sustainability of wealth from one generation to the next. With over 25 years of talent and leadership development experience, Stephanie understands what is required to build all levels of leadership capabilities. Stephanie works with families on preparation of heirs, governance, business transition and succession planning, philanthropy, and developing the rising generation for leadership roles in the family enterprise.

Before assuming her current role with Abbot Downing, Stephanie led Wells Fargo’s International Talent Strategy, where she focused on the engagement and development of the company’s global talent. In previous roles at Wells Fargo, Stephanie led executive, leadership, and rising talent development initiatives, along with providing executive coaching and strategic consulting on team performance, diversity and inclusion, and individual and business effectiveness. She has also worked in clinical settings providing individual and family counseling for complex and dynamic personal situations.

Stephanie holds masters degrees in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant-San Francisco. Stephanie is a certified executive coach from the Columbia University Teachers College and Business School. With her Columbia colleagues, she co-authored chapters in the book “Internal Coaching: Stories of Success in Organizations” (2014) about the transformational impact of coaching. She is also a certified DiSC Professional Behavior and Values Analyst, Clifton StrengthsFinder facilitator, and Zenger Folkman Extraordinary Leader 360-degree feedback certified coach.

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