The Top 25 Consultants 2014: Jeff Stier

Jeff Stier Jeff Stier

Executive Director
Excellence in Media & Communications

Jeff Stier is an Executive Director in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young. Stier is a mobile and social experience expert, digital strategist, hands-on, product development specialist and passionate innovator.

To say Stier “thinks outside the box” wouldn’t begin to do justice to what he brings to the table, for EY and his clients. In 2012 he founded and architected SouvenirCam, a soon-to-be-launched mobile app and social expression platform that re-imagines the photo sharing experience.

At EY, he is involved in building a national practice that deploys expertise in mobile, social, digital and Experience Engineering to help clients transform their businesses.

He credits EY with being flexible enough to allow his approach, his vision and his creativity to flow to pursue a differentiated approach to the future of consulting, he says.

“EY understands that its success and future rests on the shoulders of its people,” Stier says. “Every day it empowers employees to build their own better working world… at home, at work, individually, together and with clients. The purpose-driven culture inspires employees like me to be innovative, stretch our imaginations and be bold in pursuit of our dreams.”

He also credits Woody Driggs, his Top 25 nominator and Americas Customer leader at EY for his unwavering belief, “giving me time and space to find my own place within EY” and for “teaching and embracing non-traditional consulting techniques that include: self-awareness, using language as a saber, empathy, and more.”

Driggs is the architect of the firm’s shared vision of a future that puts digital, trust, culture and innovation at the core and measures everything through the lens of the Customer’s purpose—helping companies transform into trusted organizations by building trusted customer relationships, Stier says.

Stier and Driggs were part of a small working group that codified the global Customer practice’s new go-to-market strategy. And Stier is proud to have lead the win of Customer’s first “purpose-driven” transformation project and then “helping an entire country—the client—define and adopt a purpose that is now anchoring the transformation,” he says.

Above it all, Stier says he is motivated by “the desire to make a difference with fellow EY employees, clients, prospects and in the world,” he says. “For me it boils down to inspiring people.”

That’s something Stier, and his unique and innovative approach, seems to do all the time. He says he loves “when the spark of recognition goes off in young people’s eyes that the non-traditional approach I’m taking works,” he says. “And when we get recognition from clients, EY leadership or peers, the younger generation at EY gets excited, gets talking and gets serious about wanting to participate in purpose, trust and innovation-driven projects.”

What does winning the Top 25 Consultants Award mean to you, your firm and your clients?

“Receiving the Top 25 award makes me proud to have joined a firm and industry that have the courage to recognize the changing times, the new skills needed to meet the needs and expectations of today’s digitally-enabled businesses, and the differentiated thinking required for sustainable success. Consulting magazine’s validation carries significant weight and provides important industry recognition that the vision is worthy.”

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