Leigh Blank


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Leigh Blank is a Principal at BanyanGlobal. She has worked on a wide variety of topics with different families and has a particular interest in Owner Strategy because of its ability to bring an owner group together and provide a strong foundation for other important owner decisions. Leigh’s favorite part of being a Principal is collaborating closely with colleagues and clients. She excels at synthesizing data and information into a thoughtful perspective that others can easily understand.

Prior to Banyan, she worked as a consultant at Accenture and as an investment analyst the University of Michigan’s endowment investment office. Leigh is a Chicago-area native and currently lives in the city with her husband, daughter, and two cats. If you Zoom with Leigh, there’s a very high chance one of her fuzzy coworkers will make an appearance.

Fun facts:

  • Leigh’s first foray into family business was as a kid in the 90s when she and her older brother set up a fossil stand, selling fossils they found a park along the road and drainage ditch. They seized an opportunity; why sell lemonade when you could find fossils and sell them for 50 cents?!
  • One of her main hobbies is practicing yoga. She has been to over 10 studios in 6 different states. Her favorite type of class is hot vinyasa.


  • Rice University (BA, cum laude)
  • University of Chicago Booth School of Business (MBA with honors)