Ellie Frey Zagel is a life and leadership coach for the next generation of family business, philanthropy and wealth. Committed to serving her audience and sharing her expertise, Ellie founded Successful Generations, LLC and launched a podcast for family businesses and philanthropic communities. Ellie has spoken around the country on next generation issues pertaining to family business and family philanthropy.
Ellie is also third generation Vice Chair and Trustee of her family’s foundation, The Frey Foundation (based in Grand Rapids, MI). She has been working with her family around the boardroom table since the age of 15. For over a decade, Ellie has been deeply involved in working professionally with the next generation of family businesses; first, as Director of the Family Business Alliance and now, as President of Successful Generations.
Ellie earned her Bachelor’s degree in international relations and economics from Boston University, and has certificates in Family Business and Family Wealth Advising from the Family Firm Institute. She is a certified life coach from The Life Coach School.
Outside of work, Ellie is an avid fly fisherwoman. When she is not in a trout stream, you can find Ellie and her husband, Chad, in East Grand Rapids, MI with their young son.
2021 Trustee Education Institute
Posted on March 9, 2021 by Isabel Nogueira, Alyson Wise, Jumi Falusi, Milton Speid, Emily Kaiser, Adrian Ruiz, Lisa Jackson, Priscilla Enriquez, Dorothy Gardner, Regan Pritzker
2020 Trustee Education Institute
Posted on December 22, 2019 by Christopher Fletcher, Jennifer Davis, Robin Snidow, Laura Collins, Paul Liu, Greg Ratliff, Kathleen Simpson, Tamara Larsen, Dana Lanza, Shaady Salehi
Balancing Privilege and Responsibility
Posted on October 7, 2019 by Ellie Frey Zagel
Trends 2020: An Invitation from Ellie Frey Zagel
Posted on March 19, 2019 by Ellie Frey Zagel
New Trends: Research Findings from NCFP’s “Trends 2020” Study
Posted on January 14, 2019 by Armando Castellano, Mimi Potter, Neal Chambliss, Claire Costello, Bob Reid, Ellie Frey Zagel
Podcast: 10 Things My Family Did to Engage Us in Philanthropy
Posted on October 2, 2018 by Ellie Frey Zagel
Collaborating for Change: Practices and Pitfalls from Across the Field
Posted on June 14, 2018 by Debbie Berger, Maggi Alexander, Meaghan Calcari Campbell, Ellie Frey Zagel
Successful Generations Podcast: Engaging Your Family in Family Philanthropy
Posted on April 19, 2018 by Ellie Frey Zagel
Successful Generations Podcast: Raising Kids with Generous Genes
Posted on February 16, 2018 by Susan Crites Price, Ellie Frey Zagel
We’re here to equip you with the tools you need to make a meaningful impact. Contact NCFP for support!
Keep up with trends in family philanthropy. Subscribe to our newsletter!
Gain access to personalized support and a network of peers. Join our community!