Sally Derstine

Managing Partner, Senior Family Business Advisor

Sally Derstine

Sally delights in facilitating conversations at the intersection of family, management, and ownership with the outcome of developing healthy family business governance processes and systems. Sally guides the development of clear boundaries and roles – often culminating in structured processes to create teams including energizing Family Councils, aligned Shareholder groups, and high-performing Management teams. In short, Sally charts the path, teaches principles, develops leaders & teams, and guides the path for healthy and sustainable families & businesses. In addition to her role as a lead advisor, as Managing Partner she leads the DVFBC team.

Sally is passionate about family business education so families can learn early & together about the complexities, challenges & opportunities they face given their overlapping roles. These intermingling roles & relationships have emotional, strategic & life-altering implications which, if understood, will be easier to navigate. In 1992 Sally was key in launching our Family Business Learning Community which continues to gather today for educational seminars and best practice events featuring successful business families and thought leaders.

A graduate of Eastern Mennonite University and Ashford University, Sally earned a degree in organizational management and psychology. She integrates her invaluable training in Family Systems Theory at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Georgetown into her work. Sally is an 18-year member of the Family Firm Institute through which she earned certifications in Family Business Advising and Advanced Family Business Advising. Sally is also a member of the Kaleo Network of Family Business Advisors, a group of premier family business advisors who learn and collaborate together in service to family business systems.

Sally and her husband Doug have 3 adult children, Jason, Alyssa, and Emily, and live in Telford, PA, where she enjoys being active in the great outdoors, time with her family, and contributing to her church and broader community.

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