The Stem, an award winning, “networked consultancy”, announced today that it was named to the 2017 Inc. 500 list. Ranked No. 20 in the “Business Products and Services” category and No. 190 overall. The company’s 2,300 percent growth rate over three years, reflects heightened demand among corporate clients for nimble, tangible and cost-effective consulting solutions.
The Future of Consulting is Networked
Prior to founding The Stem in 2013, former marketing executive, Gregg Fisher, witnessed a situation which has continued to this day—many healthcare and life sciences marketing and customer experience professionals were leaving the corporate world for consulting gigs and firms were facing talent shortages in digital and customer engagement. Fisher set out to offer clients a powerful and refreshing alternative to traditional consultancies by tapping into the growing number of talented independent consultants in the professional services sector.
The Stem now brings together hundreds of senior-level experts on-demand and provides customized services to global healthcare and life sciences companies in the areas of marketing strategy, customer engagement and digital transformation. The Stem’s ‘networked model’ provides clients maximum flexibility enabling them the ability to scale up and scale down swiftly. Clients benefit from accessing highly specialized skills and senior talent cost effectively.
“We are honored to be among such incredibly talented, hard-working, business leaders and industry disruptors,” said Fisher. “Our inclusion in the Inc. 500 is great validation of the power of our “networked consulting” model and of the special talents of each consultant in The Stem network. Our consultants are the leading experts in their fields and work tirelessly to deliver exceptional service to our clients every day.”
In 2016, Forbes reported that as much as 34 percent of the U.S. workforce today is working as freelancers and by 2020, the number of independent consultants will double. The Stem, with a 150+ network consists of the most seasoned independent consultants in the field of health and life sciences customer engagement.
Stem consultants, who act as an extension of client teams, average 15 years of experience and operate in four service areas: strategy & innovation, insights & analytics, business process & organization and execution and operations support. This service mix enables The Stem to craft insightful engagement strategies and measure them, as well as guide the implementation of complex omni-channel solutions and help implement customer engagement capabilities.
Stem consultant specialties include multi-channel, medical, social media and branding strategists, big data and analytics experts, program management leaders, business analysts and technologists, regulatory experts, among others.
Eric Harkrader, program management consultant, talked about what it is like to work with The Stem as a consultant.
“The Stem provides me with great professional independence and flexibility, but unlike traditional firms, our teams are precisely matched to the needs of a specific project rather than the use of a standardized company methodology.”
“We are carefully briefed and execute projects swiftly and collaboratively under close review. Overall, it is a professional and creative process which produces remarkable results for our clients.”
Companies in the internationally regarded Inc. 500 are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2013 to 2016. Eligible companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2013. They also have to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent--not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies.
About the Stem
Founded by Gregg Fisher in 2013, The Stem is a global management consulting firm specializing in digital strategy, customer engagement strategy and operations in the health & life sciences sectors. The Stem’s unique “networked model” draws on the industry’s most seasoned independent talent, offering clients a nimble, cost-effective and refreshing alternative to traditional consultancies. The Stem provides brands with specialized expertise in market research, multi-channel strategy, analytics and project management.