Margaret  Vaughn

Margaret Vaughan is founder and president of MCV Consulting, a consulting firm based in Houston, Texas specializing in multigenerational family legacy and leadership planning and corporate strategic planning. A highly accomplished designer and facilitator of collaborative planning processes with over 20 years of international experience in her field, Margaret is sought out by a sophisticated client base of wealth owners, senior executives and boards of directors. Her work has taken her throughout North America, Europe, Australia, South Africa and the Middle East.

Business and wealth owning families rely on Margaret to help them navigate the successful transition of leadership from one generation to the next. These transitions may be centered on any domain of shared ownership or activity in the family, including the family office, operating company, legacy property, family foundation or family assembly. She works discreetly with many high profile founders and families and is known for her ability to deftly facilitate the expression of diverse and often opposing views into a cohesive vision of the family’s future around which there is common commitment to action.

Prior to forming MCV Consulting in 2002, Margaret served as a principal at Generon Consulting (now Reos Partners and Generon International) in Boston where she traveled internationally building her skills as a strategy consultant and scenario planner with organizations such as Royal Dutch Shell, Fedex, PricewaterhouseCoopers, international governments and NGOs. Upon founding her own firm, Margaret began applying the scenario planning methodology to family legacy planning where she uses it to help families envision alternate futures and have challenging but constructive conversations about which paths to avoid and which to pursue. She is a popular guest speaker on managing generational transitions and a senior consultant with Family Office Exchange (FOX), a global consultancy serving private wealth owners and their advisors.

Margaret earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in English Literature and Art History and a Masters in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University. She is certified in the facilitation of the scenario planning methodology through the Global Business Network (GBN) in Amsterdam, is a graduate of the Society for Organizational Learning’s Foundations for Leadership program in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is a Birkman® certified coach. Margaret is also a graduate of the American Works of Art Masters Program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York City.

Active in leadership roles in her community, Margaret is a member of the International Women’s Forum and a past director of The Texas Lyceum, a select group of 96 leaders from across the state of Texas. She serves on several boards, including the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and the Ransom Center for the Humanities at the University of Texas. Previous board service includes the Greater Houston Salvation Army and Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management Alumni Advisory Board.

Margaret and her husband live in Houston and have three children.