Dennis is a key architect of the emerging field of family enterprise consulting. For 35 years, as both an organizational consultant and clinical psychologist, he has helped families manage the personal and organizational issues that lead to successful multigenerational transfer of businesses, wealth, values and commitments. His work has been featured in Entrepreneur, Nation’s Business, Time, Inc. and The Wall Street Journal.
In 1984, Dennis founded Changeworks Global, helping family businesses build competitive advantage by unleashing the power of their employees. He has served as Deputy Director of Research for the MacArthur Foundation-sponsored Network on Healthy Companies, and was professor of Organizational Systems and Psychology at Saybrook University, San Francisco. A founding member of the Family Firm Institute, Dennis earned the Richard Beckhard Award for distinguished practice in the family business field. He was also named Thinker in Residence for South Australia, where he helped design a strategic plan for the future of the region’s entrepreneurial and family businesses.
Dennis has completed the first phase of a new research project: Best Practices of Multigenerational Global Family Businesses. A prolific author and contributor to magazines such as Families in Business, Worth and Family Business, Dennis earned the Editor’s Choice Award in 2005.
Dennis serves on the boards of the World Business Academy, Saybrook Graduate School and the Center for Mind-Body Medicine. He earned his B.A. in philosophy, M.A. in management and Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University.