Partner, Managing Director
- Entrepreneur/Business Owner
- 2015 “20 Under 40” as selected by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle’s Business Journal
- Board member of nonprofit Alive Again Life Recovery Mission (AALRM)
- Race Director for the Run for Recovery 5k/10k held annually to benefit AALRM
- Emerging Leaders Network Steering Group – Bozeman Deaconess Foundation
- MSU College of Business Professional Coaching Clinic guest mentor
Stephanie Cole is a Partner and Managing Director with Profitable Ideas Exchange where she leads a team that operates peer-to-peer interactions of Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers, Chief Compliance Officers, Chief Strategy Officers, Chief HR Officers, Law Firm Executives as well as leaders of Innovation, Training, and Business Development. Her work spans the Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific regions where she has led projects for Accenture, KPMG, Marsh, CSC, Slalom Consulting, Thomson Reuters, Korn Ferry, Fisher Investments, Marriott, Randstad, and Dell.
In 2015, Stephanie was selected for the “20 Under 40” award by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle’s Business Journal. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing from Montana State University and also serves on the board of non-profit Alive Again Life Recovery Mission (AALRM). She lives in Bozeman with her husband, Dave.
What motivates and inspires you?
Engaging conversations and ideas motivate me, and people who carry them to fruition inspire me. I love being a part of new ideas and challenging traditional ways of doing things, but carrying out those ideas and actions is the hard part. It’s one thing to say “I’ve got this great idea for an app,” and it’s entirely another to then go develop an app for the market, launch it, and nurture it. There’s a vulnerability in the leap of faith from idea to action, and I find myself personally challenged to overcome it at times. I am both motivated and inspired by people with a bias toward action.
Who are your sheroes?
My sheroes are the women quietly moving about us every day – positively impacting their workplaces, balancing family, finding time to grow themselves, and helping the community. I am vocal about the importance of each of these elements, but it is hard to sufficiently dedicate to them all. And let me say, there are some incredible women in our community doing just that. They’re not making headlines, but they are masterfully working to improve themselves, their families, and their environments. My hat’s off to these quiet warriors battling the balance of every day.
What technology do you love and recommend to others? What about books, ideas or podcasts?
I hate to recommend technology because we’re all so attached to our devices that it becomes more of a distraction. I jump from my laptop at work to my phone in between to an iPad at home later. It’s too much!! I have organized my apps to force the behaviors I’d like to follow. For example, I have news and media apps (NYTimes) on my first page, and I’ve buried my shopping apps (I have a real weakness for RueLaLa) on the last page. When I find myself with a 5-minute window to peruse an app, I am more likely to read an interesting article than to shop or be mindless on social media. That said, I certainly swipe to the last page to indulge as needed…
How do you reboot?
If I’m needing a quick restart, I am the epitome of an introvert, because I reboot in quietness. I enjoy meeting new people, traveling, and seeking adventure. That said, these things can consume a lot of energy for me. A couple of my favorite activities are reading a book while taking a bath or going for a hike. I clear my body and mind, and I feel refreshed in short order.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment is being an engaged, instrumental partner – both to my husband and the 5 gentleman with whom I run a business. In both settings in my life, I am proud that my work has an impact. I don’t ever feel like I’m going through the motions of the day-to-day, and I’m giving my best effort to those around me. I certainly feel like I’ve left it all on the court each week, as they say in sports. This has helped grow our company to 21 employees, and helps keep my personal life energized.
What is the mark you hope to leave on the world?
Whatever the mark, I hope the theme is of positivity and endless optimism. I am definitely a “put my mind to it” person, and I hope others feel that energy from me. A phrase I say at least a few times a week is “we got this.” I hope that echoes in my family and friends’ minds for years to come.
Words of wisdom you want to share with Montana women?
Wayne Gretzky really said it best. “You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Or maybe it was a poster on my dentist’s ceiling. Either way, it’s spot on…