Spend any time with Grant and you'll quickly pick up on his superpower: asking the perfect question.
He's built a lifetime fueling that curiosity and generating insights. Years shaping customer experience for the globe’s most iconic technology company. Advanced studies in sociology and religion. A steady stream of podcasts over long bike rides. Grant's always in discovery mode, and it's always in service to a larger purpose. With a keen eye for potential and strong sense of belief, Grant pushes past what we think we know and helps others achieve what they didn't think possible, both at work and in life. The bonus? As a Lead Consultant, it's his day job.
You can also tell a lot about Grant by what he carries: notes of gratitude from clients, cards from his wife Anna, our latest book club book, his passport, and a good supply of Tylenol and NyQuil (because, you know, life).
Lauren wields a critical mind, gifted pen, and the ability to exude calm in the midst of chaos. That last skill was hard-won in some of the most challenging, high-energy work environs in the country.
After peering into the workings of private firms during a five-year stint as an investment banker, Lauren helped build and boost a training startup, where she crafted custom learning programs for Fortune 500 companies. Now, as content developer for Frontier Academy, Lauren pours her unique mix of acumen, experience, and inspiration into creating and refining content for Academy's expanding professional development business.
The best learning, Lauren's discovered, happens at the intersection of self-awareness, confidence, and delight—the connections that truly compelling content fosters. The result: real behavior change for individuals, teams, and organizations.
Waterfall scouting in Croatia. Train-hopping in Italy. Kayaking in the Chesapeake Bay. It’s rare that Jamie finds herself at home in her free time, and that’s how she likes it. With a relaxed, sophisticated confidence, she’s constantly on the go—craving new adventures, new relationships, and new opportunities at every turn.
Which is why she’s been charged with taking Frontier Live to the next level. Jamie’s on a mission to help our speakers share their messages about large-scale, meaningful change with audiences around the world.
If you happen to spot her coordinating one of our speaking engagements, be sure to say hello; she’ll crack her shining smile and start up a conversation. But fair warning—she doesn’t sit still for long. In no time flat, she’ll be back at the dog park with her chocolate lab, Jackson, downing a bowl of Chinese food (the hotter the better), or hitting up her usual 6 p.m. hot yoga class.
Sarah Elizabeth once had grand dreams of pounding the Capitol’s pavement as a policymaker. Her plan? Take what she learned about the world’s political landscape and shifting cultural tides straight to Washington D.C., then start making a real difference. So, she studied. (A lifelong Jefferson enthusiast, she’s a Virginia native and member of the Jefferson Literary & Debating Society.) She traveled. (A self-proclaimed adventure junkie, she circumnavigated the globe in 108 days during a semester at sea.) And then she changed her dream. By exploring the world’s vast geopolitical climate, she inadvertently stumbled upon her true passion: to bring humanity back into the workplace.
What she picked up along the way—the insight she now shares every day as a facilitator for Frontier—is that no matter the culture or the country, there are core commonalities we share as human beings. We fall in love; we raise families; we have friends; and we work. Her own career path includes a string of fortuitous, unrelated opportunities: intern for the Department of Defense, where she realized a career in foreign affairs wasn’t for her; then special events coordinator for both Monticello and the University of Virginia, followed by her time as marketing manager for a nationally recognized winery, where she saw first-hand how important facilitating connections between people from all walks of life can be.
Joy is one of her most important values, and she feels successful when she’s created it for others. She loves the hustle—she learned it as a floor director for Channel 8 News, and in the service industry. Jess studied photography and film in college, and she’s still appreciates good creative—now she’s devoted to providing the structure to get it done.
Her personal motto is “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” (She took it from a fortune cookie.) Jess is both. That’s what you’ll always get from Jess: structure, hustle, joy. Just try and keep up.
Many of us enjoy traveling. Hannah has made travel a focus of her life in recent years, taking a break from the corporate world to embark on a year-long global journey that included stops in Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Not simply a vacation, the trip was an opportunity for Hannah to volunteer in different communities, teaching English and working in an animal rescue facility. Hannah credits this unique experience with making her more compassionate, less fearful, and more curious, all traits she brings to her work at The Frontier Project.
A graduate of the University of Richmond, Hannah began her career in a Fortune 500 Telecom company 6-month leadership development program and spent three years with the company during which time she earned the “Summit Award” which recognizes the top 10% of performers across the entire company. She’s also picked up some skills working in the nonprofit sector and in real estate operation and marketing, giving her a diverse skill set.
Hannah keeps up with the latest L&D trends (and many others) thanks to her voracious reading and podcast consumption. She has a range of interests and is always up for a new adventure, a flexible, open-minded approach she also applies to her professional life.
Few people have a knack for seeing the true potential of something while simultaneously knowing exactly what’s needed to make it happen. Then again, few people are like Megan.
She has a near-obsession with realism and the act of connecting with a subject so intensely she can perfectly recreate it. As a fledgling artist, she was drawn to capturing the human spirit through portraiture before pivoting to graphic design—a medium she knows can change the world when done right. It’s with that directive in mind that she creates compelling communications, putting design to work for organizations looking to tell the stories of its people one by one.
Other obsessions keeping her busy these days? Scouring local antique shops for pieces that need a bit of TLC. And planning her next adventure in Europe, where she once biked 60 miles from the hills of Horn, Austria to the Czech Republic border and back.
As CFO for The Frontier Project, he’s everything you would expect: an unflappable, levelheaded decision maker. He’s also everything you wouldn’t. Most days, he’s in a T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers—a fitting tribute to his laidback, humble nature.
Ned’s time spent studying organizational psychology at Harvard, coupled with his experience both playing and coaching Division I college tennis, serves his well-rounded approach to navigating the interlocking financial worlds of all of our business operations. He intuitively understands that the financial health of a company starts with leadership and culture. It’s no coincidence that in the time he’s been with us, we were named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies.
Despite his proclivity toward maintaining a low profile, he’s also made a name for himself in Richmond’s booming food scene as the founder and co-owner of Barrel Thief, which won a 2016 Elby Award for Best Wine Program in Richmond.
Oh, and did we mention he’s doing all of this with young twins (a boy and a girl) at home?
Three important things: 1) Jess will most likely beat you at Mad Men trivia because she's binge-watched it three times; 2) she unofficially credits said show for inspiring her career switcharoo from music production to advertising; and 3) her extreme Sagittarius energy means she's also a travel fiend (for the record, that also include time travel).
Jess is an Austrialian native, so don't be alarmed if you hear the occasional Aussie slang (like "arvo" instead of "afternoon").