Successful Generations is a community for people who are part of the next generation, or rising generation, of a family business, family philanthropy, and family wealth.
Coming from a family with a recognized last name has its challenges. There’s constant pressure and obligation to honor the family legacy. Some might assume that you won the birth lottery, but the truth is that it can be a very lonely path. There are few people who can relate and discuss topics like trusts, family dynamics, succession planning and more.
Ellie Frey Zagel, President and Founder of Successful Generations understands because she’s lived this experience. She’s created Successful Generations so people have a place to come together, share, learn and grow into the best leaders they want to be.
About our founder, Ellie Frey Zagel
Ellie Frey Zagel is 3rd Generation, Vice Chair and Trustee of her family’s foundation the Frey Foundation based in Grand Rapids, MI. For nearly a decade she has been deeply involved in working with the next generation of family business, family philanthropy, and family wealth, first as Director of the Family Business Alliance and now as President of Successful Generations, a company she recently founded.
Philanthropic since her early teens, Ellie personally supports worthy causes domestically and internationally. 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 has spoken around the country on next-generation issues in family business and family philanthropy.
Ellie serves on several nonprofit boards including the National Center for Family Philanthropy, Council of Michigan Foundations, Frey Foundation, and Learning to Give.
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 toddler Steven Monroe.