Stephanie A Knight


Adjunct Professor of Business Administration

Stephanie Knight is a management strategy consultant and educator who brings together her passion and experience in strategy and operations to help her clients succeed. She has spent over a decade in the consulting space, having led over 100 team consulting engagements. She is the Managing Director of Vitalise Ventures, which seeks to help organizations improve their skills and abilities in operational strategy, strategic planning, executive coaching, and team development. She is also CEO of Kurated, providing executive communication training to professionals through a dynamic EdTech platform.

Stephanie currently holds dual appointments at Duke University as an Adjunct Faculty in the Pratt School of Engineering and the Fuqua School of Business, where she teaches three experiential learning consulting practicum courses shepherding aspiring consultants into the roles of Analyst, Associate, and Engagement Manager.

Stephanie devised the MMS FCCP program to provide job training experience at both the Analyst and Engagement Manager level, designing and refining a program that is globally unique. She has taught New Hire Training at McKinsey & Company and redesigned Gartner’s Engagement Manager training.

Stephanie recently stepped down as Chief Learning Officer at Management Consulted, the top industry leader for consulting interview and job preparation. Through her work with Management Consulted, she led ~100 university and corporate trainings a year on various skills development and job training topics. She has lectured at 45 Universities on the topics of strategy consulting and executive communication.

Stephanie was previously a consultant and manager at McKinsey & Company with focus areas in the diagnostic, design and implementation of cost optimization and lean management initiatives as well as organizational change and transformation. She helped lead multiple digital transformation efforts and several organizational transformation efforts. She served a variety of clients across various industries in the US, Europe, and Africa.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Stephanie co-founded and ran an education and community development non-profit in northern Afghanistan, focused on helping young adults be prepared to succeed in the college classroom.  She also worked with the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University helping drive research on positive business model changes across both for-profit and nonprofit social ventures.

Stephanie holds an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor of Business Administration

Contact Information


  • M.B.A. Duke University, 2011

Courses Taught

  • STRATEGY 899: Independent Study
  • STRATEGY 895F: Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum
  • STRATEGY 895: Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum
  • MGMTCOM 506F: Business Communication 2
  • EGRMGMT 590: Advanced Topics in Engineering Management
  • EGRMGMT 510: Marketing

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