Frontier Portrait: Ryann Lofchie
In a sentence (or two), describe your role at Frontier.
My primary job as CEO is to find amazing people with a ton of potential and give them opportunities to shine.
What were you like in high school?
I was extremely different in high school. I honestly am not sure I'm the same person! I was very extroverted. I hated to read and do my schoolwork (don't worry, my grades were fine!). I cared a lot about my appearance, my weight, what other people thought of me. And I really didn't have anything figured out, although I was certain I did. Now I know how much I don't know and am very comfortable with that.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Flipping through pictures of celebrities all dressed up for awards shows.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would you dine with and why?
Barack Obama, hands down. First of all, I just think he'd be cool to hang out with. But also because I think he's exceptionally wise, and I would love to gain some insight into how he sees the world following his presidency.
How would people communicate in a perfect world?
In a perfect world, we would all do a better job of listening and setting our egos aside to really hear each other. We would also be much more transparent and not operate with hidden agendas. There would be much more courage and honesty, much less judgment and reactivity. Much more space to be wholly ourselves, without fear of not being accepted.
What podcasts do you love?
Oprah's Super Soul Sessions, Goop, Slow Burn, Stay Tuned with Preet, Invisibilia, Criminal, and The New Frontier podcast, of course.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A rainy day, an awesome book, a cup of tea, a snuggly blanket, and silence. (Also, I love my family and spouse, and I like to be with them too!)
Book smart or street smart?
What was your very first job?
I was a lifeguard at Ozzy Waterpark in the suburbs of Chicago.
Tell us about your education.
Undergrad: University of Illinois
Grad: Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations at the University of Illinois
MBA: Robins School of Business, University of Richmond
How do you define success and how do you measure up to your own definition?
I define success as a continuous feeling of calm and peace. I am not at all successful yet! But I'm working really hard on training my mind to be less reactive and to just experience everything that comes my way, whether it's amazing or awful, without getting too emotionally caught up in it.
What brought you to Frontier?
The opportunity to write a really high-impact leadership development program for a group of executives and build a company with a culture where I wanted to work everyday.
What is your favorite thing about working for Frontier?
Working alongside people who have my back, who respect me enough to give me honest feedback and help me continue to grow.
What’s the fuel that keeps you going?
Making a positive difference in the world—as cheesy as that sounds.
Early or late to meetings?