Arête Purpose Consulting Opens in Franklin

Arête Purpose Consulting l November 11, 2023


A firm specializing in strategic planning and professional and personal development has relocated to Franklin, Indiana.

Arête Purpose Consulting offers strategic planning consultation, wisdom work groups, professional training and life coaching. The office is at 48 West Madison Street in Historic Downtown Franklin.

Partners, Elizabeth Johnson, LCSW, LMFT and Jeffrey Owen, founded Arête Purpose in 2017 in Greenwood as a strategic planning firm. They added other consulting services this year.

"We first became interested in moving to Franklin when facilitating the strategic plan for Discover Downtown Franklin. We wanted to be part of this genuine community and do our work based here," said Owen. 

Gina Huff, MACS of Wondrous Way LLC also will be offering training and life coaching services through Arête Purpose.

All three have long-time connections to Franklin and Johnson County.

Johnson, a native of Greenwood, leads Wisdom Work Groups on topical discussions, writing classes, advanced workshops and online content. She was the Founding Partner and Clinical Director of Stillpoint Healing in Greenwood, where she provided clinical psychotherapy, creative groups and restorative family therapy. She also is a published author and accomplished artist.

Owen leads the strategic planning services for the firm. He also is a partner at Clever Dogs Media, a digital marketing firm in Franklin, and was a long-time local newspaper publisher and editor. He has served in several board leadership positions in local nonprofits, including past president of United Way of Johnson County and Leadership Johnson County. Owen currently serves on the board of the Johnson Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Huff provides stress management workshops, trauma training, volunteer management consulting and individual life coaching. She spent several years at Johnson Memorial Health and has been a speaker on topics such as leadership development, spiritual wellness and healthy relationships for all ages. She holds multiple certifications in life and mental health coaching and a Master's degree in Christian Studies.

"We have been leaders in business and the nonprofit sector for a long time. We believe our knowledge and experience – coupled with our passion – make us a perfect partner in the change journey for businesses, nonprofits and people," said Johnson.

The partners' past clients have included Discover Downtown Franklin, the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, Norris Choplin Schroeder Law, Disability Legal Services of Indiana, the Johnson County Public Library, the Interchurch Food Pantry of Johnson County, Kappa Delta Pi International and the former Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about their services, visit their website at or call 317.474.1321.