“Stephanie is a strategic thinker who is also pragmatic and hands-on. Her wisdom, integrity, and strong interpersonal skills have positioned her to be a trusted advisor to not just myself, but several of my management team as well.” – Craig Wildermuth, Global Chief Financial Officer, Sinclair Knight Merz
Strategy2Life’s consulting principal is Stephanie Owen. An admirer of people with conviction who try to make a difference in their chosen sphere, Stephanie is passionate about helping change leaders bring strategies to life.
Stephanie is a management consultant who solves complex organisational problems, and a program/project manager who gets things done through people. She seamlessly integrates strategy, program/project management, change management and risk management disciplines to help clients deliver improved performance. Core capabilities she brings to all assignments include strategic thinking, creating structure and clarity out of ambiguity, and connecting and aligning people to achieve a common goal.
She has over 20 years’ track record in leading and enabling change in about 20 organisations in several industries, across multiple functions and subject areas. Her clients have included the 4 major Australian banks and 3 of their wealth management subsidiaries, AMP, Optus, several Brambles Group companies, CSR, and Sinclair Knight Merz. Not-for-profit clients include RailCorp, the ATO, Macquarie University, Lawcover, Streetwork, and the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. She has also worked with a number of small organisations and startup ventures.
Stephanie’s consulting career began in 1994 at Deloitte, after several years in IBM in IT and account management roles. Since then, she has worked closely with consultants from most major consulting firms, as well as gained a whole new perspective, as an internal consultant at AMP. Stephanie established Strategy2Life in 2003, when she decided to go out on her own in order to do the work she loves without being constrained by the economic models of large firms. Aware of both the benefits and constraints of sole practitioner consulting, Stephanie has also developed a network of trusted partners to deliver outstanding solutions for our clients, without adding unnecessary overhead.
Stephanie has a Bachelor of Economics with double majors in Economics and Computer Science from Sydney University. She has an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), where she graduated with the top grade point average and was awarded the prestigious Allen Knott Scholar medal. She worked as adjunct faculty at MGSM for several years as the lecturer in charge of the Management Consulting subject. She has been an invited expert speaker at the NSW CPA Congress, NSW Public Sector CFO Forum, and industry conferences. In addition to extensive in-house training undertaken at IBM and Deloitte, Stephanie is an internationally certified Program Manager, as an MSP Advanced Practitioner. She is a member of the Change Management Institute of NSW.
In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with family and playing music. One of her favourite pastimes is to play the harmonica with a gospel music group. She is also active in community sports, as the manager for a local junior football (AFL) team. Stephanie and Strategy2Life “give back” to the community through supporting non-profit organisations including Vinnies, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, GROW, StreetWork, Caritas, and World Vision.