JoAnne Norton, Ed.D.

Consultant, Family Business Consulting Group

Dr. JoAnne Frese Norton, a member of the prestigious Family Business Consulting Group, has been working with multi-generational family businesses for well over a decade primarily in the areas of family governance, communication, and leadership training. She is the former Vice President of Shareholder Relations for a large family-owned media company, where she worked with 65 family owners. She now consults with family business owners and family offices throughout the United States and Canada.

In 2001 Dr. Norton founded the Family Business Dynamics course at California State University, Fullerton and was an adjunct professor in the School of Business and Economics at CSUF for seven years. She continues to serve on the Advisory Board of the Cal State Fullerton Family Business Center, and she facilitates a Young Leaders Affinity Group.

Dr. Norton earned a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, and she trained at the Georgetown Family Center in the Postgraduate Program in Bowen Family Systems Theory. She has also written “Bringing Bowen Theory to Family Business,” which appears in Bringing Systems Thinking to Life.

Dr. Norton is a speaker for Vistage International, which provides training to CEOs and executives, and the Global Family Business Network of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

She has made presentations for the National Banking Institute, the New York Family Business Center, the Family Business Network in Cannes, France, and the Institute of Private Investors.

JoAnne grew up in a successful second-generation family business in the Midwest where she learned the complexities of maintaining harmonious relationships as well as the importance of maintaining good communication by observing her father, mother and two uncles. She lives in Irvine, California with her husband Brian.