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Stephanie Olexa

About Stephanie Olexa

I work with privately-held and family-owned businesses in the areas of succession planning, strategic business sustainability and governance. I pioneered the program Stewardship for Sustainability and developed The Business Sustainability Score Assessment to help these companies thrive through times of change. I have a PhD in Biochemistry from Temple University and an MBA in finance from Lehigh University. After spending ten years in large corporations, I founded my own company, an independent analytical testing lab, specializing in Biological, Chemical, Microbiological and Radiological testing. I grew the company from a startup to a national organization through organic growth as well as multiple acquisitions. After selling the business, I spent two years as the Executive Director of a non-profit organization, with the primary purpose of merging smaller agencies into a stronger, multifunctional organization. I serve on several for-profit and non-profit boards and I am an angel investor. I am accredited as a Family Business Advisor (Family Firm Institute), a Certified Executive Coach (Georgetown University), a Green Belt in Six Sigma and Lean (Villanova University), and a Leadership and Governance Fellow from National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).

families in business

Families in Business: Mapping Out the Future with Family Business GPS Systems

Many Paths, Much Resistance for Families in Business I’m old enough to remember maps. Yes, physical, paper maps that you bought at gas stations or got for free from the AAA office. Once unfolded, they never went back to the original uniform accordioned formation. A well-used map actually had worn spots at complicated intersections. But, […]

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sensitive family business

Sensitive Family Business May Bring Up Fur Balls

Choking on the Words During Sensitive Family Business Every cat owner knows the sounds. The deep retching and heaving. The cough that sounds like your cat just may turn himself inside out to eliminate a fur ball. Next may come a few backward hops, as if to distance himself from the mess he just created. […]

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