Our Team

Our highly experienced team helps your Community Organization implement The Consolution Experience. We provide training, funding assistance, and plans of action to optimize your performance and maximize your impact.

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, Affiance Financial, 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 local organizations’ boards. 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, helps community organizations clear their productivity roadblocks of fear, constraint, confusion, conflict, and cash to increase their health, effectiveness, and sustainability.

Steve and his wife, Sheri, live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They enjoy spending family time with their seven children and six grandchildren.