Stacy Derby founded Bind These Words, a Chicago-based family biography firm. The granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Stacy grew up captivated by her grandparents’ stories of upheaval and resilience. In 2008, to honor the twentieth anniversary of her grandmother’s death, Stacy interviewed her mother to capture the fading family stories of survival in Europe in the 1930s and ’40s, and their immigrant experience in the 1950s. The biography process and resulting effect on her family was profoundly rewarding, inspiring Stacy to help other families preserve their own legacies.
Today, Stacy and her creative team work with exceptional families and family-held corporations to ensure future generations engage in and connect to their history. The firm’s custom, privately published biographies grace the libraries and coffee tables of prominent families around the world.
A longtime member of the Association of Personal Historians, Stacy is an author, speaker, and a vocal advocate for the value of family stories. Stacy also collaborates with financial services firms to educate and train their wealth advisors to be effective stewards of generational communication.
Stacy holds an M.Sc. (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics and a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Illinois. She can be reached at Stacy@BindTheseWords.com.
Who Will Tell Your Story? You will.