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About Us

Collegium Strategies, LLC provides Fixtures, Furniture and Equipment (FF&E) tools and training resources to strengthen the capacity of planners, service providers and vendors. Our focus is to bring over 17 years of hands-on experience within the planning industry to improve the outcomes for both client and provider.

 

Our tools deepen knowledge, provide immediate and contemporaneous data, and simplify the process from concept through occupancy. Led by a team of knowledgeable and committed practioners, Collegium Strategies LLC brings extensive knowledge of the operational and practical expectations of institutional and corporate users.

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FOUNDER

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Stephanie O'Brien

Evolving from the thriving practice she launched in 2003, Stephanie founded Collegium Strategies, LLC as a platform to now extend the knowledge and insight in the first venture, and to empower other specialists in the facility planning-related field.

 

She founded her first company, Dovetail Decision Consultants, Inc. following a 22-year career in Facilities, Furniture Planning and Sales Management, specifically to assist publicly funded entities with crucial aspects of FF&E Planning. 

 

Stephanie’s career journey began at Bechtel in Los Angeles where she helped to shepherd a 500,000 square foot new headquarters building for the LA Power Division. She went on to lead the systems planning team for a Herman Miller dealership, and manage the interiors team of another. She then focused on sales and sales leadership with furniture manufacturers, culminating that portion of her career as a District Manager for one of the industry’s largest manufacturers of educational furniture. 

 

She is formally educated in Interior Design (Foothill College and CSU Long Beach), Project Leadership (UC Berkeley Extension) and a wide range of business-related leadership programs (Academy Leadership, Major Account Management, etc.). 

 

Stephanie is a passionate supporter of public education and has spent 19 years serving her community institutions as an elected official.

Founder & Advisory Board