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Planning efforts sometimes have the same reputation as dental cleanings– necessary, but not always enjoyable.  We get it, and we know it’s called “work” and not “play.”  But we love people, and their creativity, and their capacity for growth and follow through.  We bring that energy to all of our engagements, because this work is hard… and we want to help you stick with it, even during the not-so-fun times.  


We founded this firm to bring our decades of experience into your organization, to help you articulate your goals and plan to exceed them-- together. 

People-Centered Excellence


Client Success Stories: Hear What Our Clients Say

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Arlington, Virginia

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Naperville, Illinois

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Plano, Texas

Jeanne is a higher education and workforce strategy and partnership development expert.  She specializes in planning and facilitation, convening diverse cross-sector groups to identify desired outcomes and the strategies needed to achieve them, and preparing leaders and their teams to be successful.

Chief Executive Officer

Jeanne Contardo, Ph.D.

Deb is a higher education and program development expert.  She uses a data-driven, collaborative approach to design and implement cross-functional initiatives focused on sustainable execution.

Principal Consultant

Deb Hodge, M.S.

Dr. Robert Waters is a seasoned higher education professional with over 20 years of experience. He specializes in forming external partnerships by facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues and conceiving new and innovative means of collaboration amongst various cross-functional teams.

Senior Advisor

Robert Waters, Ph.D.

Who We Are

When you hire Frontrunner Collaborations, you’ll get the work colleagues you always wanted.  We are creative, responsive, honest and direct, and hard working.  If we don’t know the answer, we will tell you– and then we will figure it out.  Our professionalism is unparalleled– you can put us in front of your board and we will make you look good, and we can also coach your most junior staff to ensure they look good.


Our work is people-centered; we take a strength-based approach that assumes good intent and deep expertise, and build the tools and plans to help ensure our clients can achieve their goals. Our clients will hear us ask “who’s missing” as we strive to position unheard voices and perspectives to think about problems and their solutions in new ways.


We also understand that your secret sauce is, well, secret.  We will sign NDAs and always keep your work confidential.


Sometimes work changes… and so we also promise to help you pivot when necessary and be flexible in responding to the unexpected.

What to Expect


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