Everything inevitably changes; all we really have are our actions.
This principle, loosely based on the Buddhist five remembrances, guides Susan, our founder and fearless leader. Over the last 30-plus years, she has experienced her fair share of change and believes the ability to adapt without sacrificing integrity – while helping clients and colleagues do the same – has helped her, and the agency, thrive. As president, Susan regularly consults on the strategic direction of client programming and ensures the firm’s core values are embedded in all aspects of the business. A strong and empathic leader, she most enjoys spotting the potential in people, and giving them the “space to stretch” and experiment to fulfill their promise. It’s a passion that carries to her personal life, as well, and her love for children. “You just never know where they will go.”
Strategy requires disruption.
From advising individuals on their career paths to representing book authors to consulting for large corporations, Danny helps clients find and project the distinct voice needed to build thought leadership and disrupt industries. With deep roots in the lecture business, he has collaborated with leading visionaries and change agents shaping the future of business and welfare of the world. As managing director, Danny leads the firm’s work with speakers and authorities, and provides high-level strategy and counsel. Of all his accomplishments, he is most proud of his two daughters, though he is quick not to take credit for their accomplishments. He is constantly amazed by their determination and risk-taking – two attributes he values.
The right connections – between people and ideas – open doors to important opportunities.
A strong believer that relationships are the heart of business success, Joan is inspired by bringing together interesting people, ideas and opportunities. And with more than two decades at Stern, she has had no shortage of inspiration. In her role leading comprehensive programs and providing strategic counsel, Joan most enjoys leveraging synergies amongst clients and a wide network of influencers. This knack for forging connections extends to her deep involvement with professional and academic circles. A mentor and member of several advisory groups at Seton Hall University, she is director of digital communication and past president of the PRSA's NJ Chapter. When Joan isn’t making connections in the office, you might find her heading “down the shore,” devouring a good book, connecting with her son, or rocking out to her beloved Foo Fighters.
Surround yourself with smart people and learn from them.
With a decade at Stern, Ned has had the opportunity to counsel – and learn from – some of the brightest minds in business. A lifelong student, he is always searching for new ways to hone his craft by applying insights and ideas from outside sources. He says inspiration can come from anywhere in the world – from his young children to emerging start-ups to more established brands – which he constantly draws on to infuse creativity into client programming. His pragmatic leadership style combines with strategic thinking to effectively connect clients with top-tier media, conferences and industry influencers. If he hadn’t answered the call to become a communications pro, you might have found him as a carpenter crafting wood furnishings and cabinetry.
Be forever curious and don’t resist experimentation.
Tara’s curiosity and creativity consistently drive clients and colleagues toward their goals in ways never before imagined. Whether she is making powerful connections on the conference circuit or translating narrative into compelling visual form, Tara is counted on for her sharp ability to make communications concepts come to life. She leads Stern's direct engagement competency, client programs, and guides strategy for visual and graphic projects. Tara’s inquisitive nature extends to her personal life where she crafts leather handbags and built a hockey rink in the backyard for her boys.