Stephanie Olexa, PHD, MBA
Founder of Lead to the Future, LLC
Stephanie Olexa began her career as a Professor of Medicine at Temple Medical School, teaching Biochemistry and Hematology along with conducting research in the blood coagulation system. She evolved into the “business of science”, getting an MBA with a specialty in finance while working at Rohm and Haas Company in Philadelphia and Air Products and Chemicals in Allentown, Pa. In these positions she led acquisitions of high-tech diversification businesses, preparing her to form her own venture.
She founded an independent testing laboratory with technical capabilities in Microbiology, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry and Radiochemistry and grew it into a multi-million-dollar, nationwide business through organic growth and over 26 acquisitions. After selling the company to an equity investment firm, she formed Lead to the Future, LLC to work with privately held and family owned businesses in the areas of governance, succession planning and business sustainability.
Currently, she focuses on Excellence in Governance, providing Board design, development, education, review, and management to for organizations. She has a reputation as an engaged and dedicated board director.