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About Meghan Juday

Meghan Juday


St. John’s College, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Concentration Mathematics and Philosophy

Executive Education at
Wharton School of Business

Speaker, author, and family business and company governance advocate Meghan Juday understands what helps family businesses thrive and survive and makes it her mission to share this know-how with the business community. Meghan
cut her teeth in the family business and further honed her business analyst and project manager skills at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). The enthusiastic champion for family businesses draws on her experience as a fourth-generation leader and Chairman of the Board at IDEAL Industries, a family business in operation for over 105 years and in its fifth generation of ownership.

As the IDEAL Family Council Chair for 14 years, Meghan increased family engagement and mitigated risk. She reimagined family roles in the corporation, creating a family development and education program to develop family leaders and family directors. The program gives family members equal access to leadership and director roles with merit-based appointments.

Juday has served on the IDEAL fiduciary board since 2008, chairing the Nominating and Governance Committee for five years. She was named Vice Chairman in 2018 and became Chairman in 2020. Her leadership role at IDEAL gave Meghan a unique platform to advance family businesses as a thought leader. Today, Meghan is a highly sought-after public speaker, published author, and transformational leader.

Speaker: Meghan has vast experience speaking,  moderating events, and as a panelist, podcaster, and keynote speaker. She has been featured on multiple podcasts, including the McKinsey Podcast Series, has served as a podcast host, and was interviewed for NPR’s Marketplace.

Author: The published author sits on the editorial board and contributes to NACD Directorship, contributes and sits on the editorial board for Family Business Magazine, and writes for Private Company Director, Family Business Magazine, and other publications.

Advocate: Meghan works as a consultant focused on family and corporate governance and served as the director of the family business center at St. Joseph’s University. She is a founding member of the Directors Association—Philadelphia Chapter and founded The Lodis Forum for female board chairs.

The transformative family business leader is available to share her expertise and vast experience through public speaking engagements,  contributing articles and podcast content, and consulting work. Meghan lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two boys.

“Meghan led an insightful webinar titled ‘Good Governance: How to Build or Refresh a Board’ for our Family Business Association members in Australia and New Zealand. Drawing from her own experiences and a genuine passion for governance, Meghan made a profound impact. One member aptly captured the sentiment, describing it as a ‘superb discussion by Meghan and a must-watch for any family business contemplating a board.’ We feel privileged to have had Meghan share her expertise and invaluable insights with us.”

Diana Thoeny | Family Business Association

Featured in...

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JP Morgan Private Bank

Boards that Complement the Next Generation of Family Business Leaders

Women in Family Business

Women on Boards: Meet The Chairman of the Board: Meghan Juday

Career Mastered


Career Mastered

“Meghan Juday has that rare ability to make everyone feel comfortable and welcome in her writing and her speaking. She’s inclusive. Her stories and experience are relatable to everyone – from CEOs to board members to stakeholders. She can both inspire and educate an audience with ease and is fearless in sharing her own lessons, mistakes and successes. Her wisdom and style are lessons in leadership excellence.”

Amy Cosper | Family Business Magazine

Connect with Meghan

Meghan Juday Advisory – Learn more about her work helping families establish or refine family or corporate governance

Speaking – Discuss upcoming speaking opportunities, whether at a conference, podcast, or interview.

Advocacy – Learn more about Meghan’s work with women in family business leadership, including her work with The Lodis Forum