Frontier Portrait: Lauren DeLuca
In a sentence (or two), describe your role at Frontier.
I develop leadership programs and learning activities that help our clients build the mental fortitude and emotional capacity they need to tackle strategic priorities with confidence and resilience.
What was the last book you read (not for work) and liked? Why'd you like it?
I just finished Educated, a memoir by Tara Westover. It was a really disturbing, fascinating read that made me grateful for my education and reinforced my belief that we all innately want to learn and grow.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would you dine with and why?
My mom. Since she passed away in 2007, I've lived so much life I want to catch her up on, and I'd love to hear her perspective, advocacy, and comforting words again.
What’s your favorite movie of all time?
Mean Girls. Just kidding. It's Emma. The original Clueless, as it were, and Gwyneth Paltrow at her finest.
What’s the best concert you've ever attended?
Every time I've seen The National play The National in Richmond or Charlottesville Pavilion it's been outstanding. I also saw debuts of Local Natives and Of Monsters and Men at Black Cat and The Rock 'n' Roll Hotel (both in Washington, D.C.).
Where is your happy place?
At a cozy dinner table with great friends, great wine, and great bread.
What was your very first job?
Aside from babysitting, I was a camp counselor for a few weeks one summer, which I'm sure prepared me for my first adult job as an intern for a Memphis City Council campaign.
Book smart or street smart?
Tell us about your education.
I fell in love with University of Richmond the moment we drove onto campus. I studied Political Science and Business with the idea that I'd go into politics or law, but I ended up at an investment bank and then a tech startup before joining Frontier.
What brought you to Frontier?
I was at an inflection point in my career. I knew I had more in me, and I knew I had more to learn—I wanted a change. I met Ryann [CEO of The Frontier Project] when she was standing up a leadership develop arm at Frontier, and she needed help. It was the perfect opportunity to do the three things I love most: learn, develop training content, and help grow a small business.
What motivates you to show up and do your best work?
I believe in what we do. I have seen the impact of our work first-hand and know with 100% confidence we help people do their best work. I feel fulfilled by that.
What's a favorite project you’ve worked on and why?
Designing a brand-new high potential leadership program that had really unexpected experiential elements outside the classroom.
What’s the fuel that keeps you going?
Learning. I love that I learn something new and useful every day at Frontier.
Early or late to meetings?
It depends. Truly. But most of the time, a little late.