Steve Lear

Founder.  Visionary.  Change Agent.

Steve Lear is a visionary, a philanthropist, a community activist and a noted financial advisor based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

In addition to his financial planning firm, Steve has founded or co-founded several small businesses and philanthropic organizations. These include: The Instinctive Advantage, which uses Kolbe Wisdom to help individuals and businesses succeed; Nechama, a volunteer disaster relief organization; BestPrep’s Financial Matters Program, which helps students develop sound money management skills; and the Speakers’ Bureau of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, where he helped create a presentation called, “The Challenge of Peace: Israel and the Middle East.” In conjunction with The Smithsonian Institution, Steve also established The Bias Inside Us; a mobile educational experience designed to prevent discrimination, prejudice and bigotry.

Steve devotes much of his time and energy to his community. He’s an active volunteer – speaking, participating in workshops and sitting on the boards of local organizations. In recognition of his community service, Steve received BestPrep’s Bunzel Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010, and Sabes JCC’s Community Innovator of the Year Award in 2015.

His newest venture, The Consolution Project, promotes methods for the constructive and enduring resolution of community conflict.