As CEO of The Frontier Project and Frontier Academy, Ryann Lofchie sets the extraordinary pace of growth for every part of Frontier's business—and inspires the rest of us to keep up.
The shape of her story: a sharp upward curve. Growing Frontier from five employees to more than 40. From a one-room workshop of 2,500 square feet to a multipurpose studio of 14,000. From one business line to an entire portfolio. And from a small local player to a regular on the Inc. 5000, Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work, Virginia Small Business Top 50, and fastest-growing woman-owned businesses lists—recessions be damned.
But the story she’ll tell is a different one. It's a narrative of finding the right people at the right time, giving them the tools with which to labor, the space in which to grow, and the company culture in which to stretch, explore, and do the best work of their lives. The constant in that story: Ryann’s unquenchable appetite to help people realize their potential and love what they do.
Not only did she build Frontier’s consulting practice into an engine of growth and influence, she cultivated Frontier Academy, our learning and development outfit, into a hub of challenging workshops and tailored training; launched Frontier Media as a factory for rapid, rich media; designed a roster of engaging keynote speakers and topics for Frontier Live; and now she’s taking on a new challenge: throwing all she’s got into powering the health and growth of our diverse portfolio.
Ask her how she does it, and she’ll tell you what’s essential: knowing yourself. A persuasive advocate for balance, you’ll find her leading group meditations at our studio, tackling triathlons, meeting with mentors, journaling, volunteering—and teaching her kids to do the same.