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Strategy Consulting

Espeland Consulting is a woman-owned boutique consultancy bringing decades of corporate execution, McKinsey experience, and Ivy league knowledge to business leaders. 

What makes us different? 

  • Entrepreneurial Spirit: We’re a small team that thrives on being entrepreneurial and scrappy.  That means we have more flexibility, can move more quickly, and offer better value than bigger consultancies. 

  • Women-Owned & Led: Women-Owned & Led: Espeland Consulting was founded by our CEO Melanie Espeland, who partners with talented consultants from varied backgrounds to deliver thoughtful results to our clients.  We provide a diverse and differentiated lens by which to view your business strategy.

  • Executive Coaching Mindset: Grounded in our Founder Melanie’s Executive Coaching experience, we believe in generating success collaboratively, leaving your organization stronger after every engagement, and building trust for the next big challenge. 

 

We deliver superior strategy consulting across the following key areas:

Commercial Due Diligence 

Our clients include private equity firms and investment banking shops managing potential mergers and acquisitions, as well as strategic investments.  We’ll manage the due diligence process including market sizing, competitive landscape, and customer interviews to ensure that you have all the data required to make the right decisions.

Growth & Go-to-Market Strategy

Espeland Consulting provides strategy consulting to help your business create new sources of revenue growth. Tailoring proven best practices to your particular business and industry, we will work with you to develop world-class innovation processes, fill your innovation pipeline with new products and services, and create distinctive brand strategies. We uncover hidden consumer needs and innovate new solutions to meet those needs, driving new revenues for our clients.

Project Management 

Sometimes our clients need a project manager or chief of staff to manage a major cross-functional project.  We’re here to help build your project plan and RACI chart, and help hold your organization accountable for each milestone. 

Change Management & Transformation 

Our strategy consulting services help business leaders not only to formulate winning strategies, but also to execute against those strategies. With deep experience and expertise in business transformation and process improvement, we can work closely with you to build a compelling business case for change, devise a detailed implementation roadmap, efficiently and effectively manage the change process, and measure progress against relevant metrics.

Pitch Deck & Financial Model Strategy 

For our startup clients, we help analyze and structure thoughtful, investor-ready financial models that account for your revenue, costs, cash flow, and EBITDA.  Our team marries your financials to beautiful, brand-appropriate decks to ensure your fundraising efforts are successful.

Pricing is customized and based on engagement. Please contact us to discuss the scope of your project. 

A sampling of our successful consulting engagements.

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Testimonials

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Melanie has worked with LUELLE from the beginning as one of our most important advisors. Melanie's role has been imperative to the growth and success of our business, especially the building of our financial deck, a crucial blueprint for the financial health of our business.  As creatives, finances are not our forte and Melanie has taken the time to thoroughly put together and explain it to us clearly so we fully understand. As for most entrepreneurs, meetings with investors are stressful but imperative to the growth and success of your company and without Melanie's guidance and preparation for these meetings we would be lost. Melanie always goes above and beyond to make sure we are comfortable with all business solutions. Without her guidance we would be lost.

- Founders at Fashion Startup

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We are the Founders of Vogue-backed skincare company 4AM Skin, and worked with Espeland Consulting to build our fundraising pitch deck and accompanying financial model.  We're a founding team made of an Instagram influencer with +100K followers and financial analyst turned marketing expert.  Even with our robust backgrounds, Melanie brings a wealth of knowledge to the table.  She worked with us to deeply understand our brand ethos and needs, aligning her work product to match our brand identity.  We were thrilled with the outcome and re-hired Melanie for a second engagement focused on fundraising strategy and execution.  Melanie's professionalism, flexibility, and deep knowledge of startups, fashion, and beauty make her and Espeland Consulting stand out from the pack.  

- Founders at Consumer Startup

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Melanie was an absolute joy to work with. She was extremely professional, well-organized, and analytical. She kept our project moving forward, and surfaced great insights with her incisive questioning. Her deliverables were also very quick, high-quality, and ready for our executive team. I'd use her for projects again and recommend her to others without question.

- Senior Director of Marketing at Online Marketplace