Ryann is CEO of The Frontier Project. She has led the business through a recession-busting period of exceptional growth, creating the leading boutique consulting firm that integrates innovation and organizational development.
A proudly self-confessed introvert, Ryann’s passionate about identifying real, versus superficial, talent and advocating for the quiet intellect in any room. Addicted to learning, she has both an MBA (University of Richmond) and a Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign). She’s beginning to ponder which academic field comes next.
As CEO, her three internal priorities are maintaining a growth strategy that flexes with world events; recruiting and retaining the strongest roster of talent available; and creating a work environment in which that talent thrives in order to serve clients.
In addition to her duties as CEO, Ryann counsels senior clients on organizational development; is responsible for the architecture of workshops delivered at Frontier Academy, our experiential talent development center; and works closely with Ned Wheeler, Chief Operating Officer of Frontier, on new Frontier Ventures.
Leading a firm charged with transforming the organizations and external markets of some of the most potent companies in the world, requires Ry to shape a team capable of supporting clients at the frontline of global changes in technology, economics, social and environmental change. She takes personal development seriously, ensuring she constantly pushes herself as well as the team. It’s not unusual to find her fasting, marathon-training, or traveling to a less-than-typical “vacation” location to stretch herself.
With a constant travel schedule, Ry works hard to integrate life as parent and boss, meaning a typical week blends clients’ film premieres in New York, board meetings for non-profits, lunches with CEOs, picnics at the farmers market with the kids, and catching a Bears game at the local sports bar. While she won’t claim to have mastered home-work pressures, she is grateful for and will happily argue the value of living a diverse life.