Sylvia Shepard

Former Chair and Founder, Smith Family Council, Menasha Corporation

Sylvia Shepard is a fifth generation member of the Smith Family, which has owned Menasha Corporation (a Wisconsin-based manufacturing company) for 160 years. While serving on the Menasha Corporation Foundation board she was introduced to the idea of family governance. Over the past ten years Sylvia has been the driving force behind the development of family governance within the Smith Family, beginning with the founding of a family council seven years ago.

She is the founder and former chair of the Smith Family Council. Sylvia recently completed her MBA from Babson where she studied family entrepreneurship with Tim Habbershon, and in October, was awarded her certification as a family business advisor from the Family Firm Institute.

Sylvia also holds a Masters in Psychiatric Occupational Therapy from Columbia University and a BA from Smith College. She spent 25 years in college textbook publishing as an editor at McGraw-Hill and then in a freelance capacity. She is the executive director of the Jane and Tad Shepard Family Foundation.