Frankenberg Group

    800 Compton Road, Suite 27
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45231
    Phone: 513-729-1511
    Fax: 513-729-1022


"The Frankenberg Group helped us work out a succession plan that is fair for everyone and good business for the company."
"Three different generations now work in our large family business. We needed help in communicating with each other. "

About Dr. Frankenberg

Ellen Frankenberg, Ph.D., is CEO of The Frankenberg Group and a family business psychologist with 20 years experience managing her own business. She consults regularly with family and closely held companies primarily in the manufacturing, distribution and construction industries.


Have You Had a Good Fight Lately?

How to use anger as a source of energy for change.

Unresolved problems are like an elephant in your living room.

By Ellen Frankenberg

It’s a familiar syndrome: Generations ago, the company’s founding brothers got into a nasty squabble that wound up in court, dividing their generation into two camps. Years later their fight has vanished from conscious memory, but their children and grandchildren still instinctively tiptoe around major issues that they should have settled years earlier.

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Dr. Frankenberg led a discussion for a Goering Center round table

Dr. Frankenberg led a discussion for a Goering Center round table on Februay 24 on Conflict Management.


Ellen Frankenberg awarded Interdisciplinary Achievement Award

On October 13, 2013 at their San Diego conference
The Family Firm Institute, the premier global organization for advisors to entrepreneurial families, awarded Ellen Frankenberg their Interdisciplinary Achievement Award.

This award was given based on Dr. Frankenberg's longstanding work promoting collaborative relationships among professionals who advise business families.

  • She has taught seminars for accountants, attorneys, financial advisors and psychologists through the University of British Columbia at Vancouver and Toronto and through the Family Firm Institute.
  • She has developed study groups during the past 20 years, bringing together professionals to share cases and improve practice in their work with family firms.
  • She has mentored other professionals, including attorneys and other psychologists as they develop careers with family enterprises.  
  • She has collaborated with other trusted advisors while working with family business clients for more than 20 years.

Dr. Frankenberg has served since 2001 as a Family Business Advisor with Fellow Status, the highest credential in the field as designated by the Family Firm Institute.



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Ellen Frankenberg awarded Interdisciplinary Achievement Award.

Ellen Frankenberg, Ph.D. presented "The Entrepreneurial Family: Engine of Economic Growth" for associates at
Hilliard Lyons in Louisville, Kentucky on Feb. 9, 2012.

Dr. Ellen Frankenberg participated in a seminar in Evanston, Illinois May 2, 3, 4, 2014 where she led a seminar entitled "Preparing for Life Transitions".

Dr. Frankenberg also presented a seminar titled "Consulting to Family Businesses" for the Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychologists on May 16, 2014.

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