Margaret Vaughan Cox
Founder and President
Margaret is a highly accomplished designer and facilitator of collaborative planning processes with over 25 years of experience in her field. She is sought out by sophisticated and high-profile wealth and business owners to help them thoughtfully plan for and navigate complex generational transitions, whether focused on a particular domain of their enterprise or the entirety of it. Margaret builds enduring relationships with her clients, often serving as a trusted advisor to multiple generations within a family over the course of many years assisting them with a range of activities critical to sustaining the health of the enterprise and its members, Margaret’s work has taken her throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Australia, South Africa, and the Middle East.
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 honed her skills as a strategy consultant and became an experienced scenario planner with a diverse client base of corporations, nonprofits, NGOs, and national governments around the globe. After founding MCV Consulting, Margaret began utilizing the methodology of scenario planning to help families envision alternate futures for their enterprise and identify strategies for reaching the future to which they collectively aspire. Margaret is a popular speaker on generational transitions and has served as a senior member of the Chicago-based Family Office Exchange (FOX) consulting team for the past 15 years.
Margaret earned her BA in English Literature and MBA from Vanderbilt University. She received certification in the facilitation of scenario planning 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. Additionally, Margaret is a graduate of the American Works of Art Masters Program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York City.
A committed and passionate civic leader, Margaret continually devotes hours of volunteer service and expertise in strategic planning and governance to numerous institutions and organizations that strengthen the fabric of her community and the broader world. She currently serves as a trustee of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, director of the Houston Advanced Research Center for Sustainability Science, and advisory council member of The James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements at Vanderbilt University. Margaret was the original architect and lead facilitator of the Center for Houston’s Future semiannual Business-Civic Leadership Forums which have generated a network of over 1,300 civically active business leaders in the Houston region. She is member of the International Women’s Forum and a director emeritus of The Texas Lyceum, a select group of 96 leaders from across the state of Texas.
Margaret and her husband have three children and live in Houston, Texas.