• Frontrunner High Impact Networking - Coaching Young Professionals into High Achievers

Frontrunner High Level Networking Proprietary IMPACT FORMULA© program for FRONTRUNNERS


As our economy struggles, the urgency to build key relationships and community is imperative for business growth longer term. Prioritize your companies, firm or non-profit's future by outsourcing their development. Propel your up and coming talent by investing in their ability to go further, faster.

Your high potential 24 to 38-year-olds need professional coaching on how to navigate their local and online business community. Our program utilizes our proprietary IMPACT FORMULA© to help your FRONTRUNNERS curate a powerful network, sharpen their influence skills, and most importantly connect with fellow high achievers.


Frontrunner High Level Networking Proprietary IMPACT FORMULA© program for FRONTRUNNERS

Frontrunner High Impact Networking - Coaching Young Professionals into High Achievers


Frontrunner online cohorts will coach and train your top performers how to understand their impact, make it replicable and expand their network to sustain optimal performance over the long run. 


  1. A bigger, more diverse, and stronger network
  2. A personal brand people will remember
  3. Social media profiles that will drive connections
  4. A deeper sense of community
  5. An ability to grow business, create genuine relationships and persuade the right people
  6. A lifelong network delivering greater authenticity, productivity and performance


"I have known Cathy Paper for years, so I recommended a member of my team join Frontrunner based on the focus of the program. Frontrunner delivered immediate results where other groups fell short. It is world-class training with personal coaching on how to build a network with more strategy. We saw goals being set and the network increasing which provided value back to our company. It was such a great experience that I have referred Frontrunner to other business owners to add to their training programs and new hire onboarding."

CEO, Technology Sector

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“Frontrunner has really helped me think about networking very differently. It also allowed me to think about persuasion and the psychology of relationship building deeply. I’m grateful to be among a group of excelling professionals who think very intentionally about networking.

I’m developing transferable skills and seeing how intentional connecting translates across the board in various industries."

Abdi S.
Senior Aide, City Government

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"I wish I knew about this group sooner. I network professionally for my job, and I learned many valuable tools that many other people in my network do not have. Frontrunner has given me a toolbox for networking unlike any other group. This group is designed to make you grow faster and be better in business.”

Don R.
New Business Manager, Technology sector






Frontrunner High Level Networking - Minnesota EmbraceEach cohort of up to 12 individuals is personally curated. One of many business community glaring weaknesses is the meaningful lack of inclusion for young leaders that are recruited. We need to teach and coach people to be more deliberate and to make more impactful connections, especially online.


Frontrunner groups meet virtually every two weeks for 1.5 hours.

Sessions will focus on creating each members Impact 100©, personal branding, public speaking, and online networking skills. Content is delivered through group meetings, individual coaching, and guest speakers.

If a cohort isn’t the right solution, contact cathy@frontrunnernetworking.com.


Impact 100 by Frontrunner - A Networking ToolOur leaders have mastered the art of managing highly curated and diverse networks. Frontrunners will benefit from their decades of experience and guidance.

An impactful network is one that is carefully curated, diverse, and manageable.

We believe that you can only manage around 100 authentic connections. Having 10,000 social media connections is not a network.

Our goal is to foster relationships among young leaders that are reflective of our current business community and the one it will become over the next decade. Diversity in race, gender, experiences, geography, and profession are critical to our mutual success.

Many leaders lack time for coaching and training associates on improving their personal brand and expanding their network. It's challenging to teach the basics and advanced skills, but Frontrunner leaders know how to improve performance. Stop relying on industry experiences to teach these skills and allow the Frontrunner Networking training to show your employees how to move beyond connecting with others just like themselves! We push them to really connect with confidence, especially online.

Our IMPACT FORMULA© is a proven system that teaches Frontrunners what networking and mutually beneficial relationships should be and holds them accountable to each other in their efforts to build high impact networks. This the cornerstone of our program.


Tuesday, May 19th (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, July 16th
Thursday, September 24th
Tuesday, October 20th

Space is limited to 48 Frontrunners*

The Program Commitment:

  • Ability to dedicate 1 ½ hours every other week for 8 sessions
  • Support from direct manager and/or leadership of organization
  • Engaged individuals open to coaching and honest feedback
  • Confidentiality of cohort conversations and members network
  • Groups limited to 12 individuals
  • Investment: $1,995


Contact cathy@frontrunnernetworking.com for group sessions uniquely tailored for your Frontrunners.



Cathy Paper, Frontrunner High Level NetworkingCathy Paper

Cathy Paper has emerged as one of the Twin Cities most connected people. “Six degrees of Cathy” is often used when two people make a connection. Her incredible skills at helping executives find their voice – either for a book or a speech – make her an invaluable resource. Cathy creates authentic relationships through 1:1 coaching and group facilitations.

Shaped by her experiences at a major ad agency and a Fortune 500 company, Cathy is uniquely positioned to share her deep knowledge of how to “play up.” Cathy’s great instincts and generosity will truly help shape tomorrow’s leaders.



Paul Jaeb, Frontrunner High Level NetworkingPaul Jaeb

Paul Jaeb has left quite a legacy. In 1991 he started his own firm company at age 26. Over the past 25 years he grew his investigative and forensic firm into one of the largest of its kind in the country. Along the way he Paul had many mentors, joined many participated in executive peer groups, and entrenched himself in the Twin Cities community. In 2015 he realized his original goal set 25 years prior – to sell his company at its peak. His vast network is legendary, from boardrooms and C-suites to professional athletes and non-profits executives.

Paul’s encore is to replicate what so many business leaders did for him…helping people amplify their business skills and become true leaders by creating intentional connections.



Tamara Prato, Director of Business Development, Frontrunner High Impact NetworkingTamara Prato - Director of Business Development

Tamara has twenty-five years' experience connecting the dots. She drives outcomes, builds relationships, produces content, creates community and makes an impact not only on the bottom line, but also on the culture of an organization. Tamara is known as a connector who thrives working in entrepreneurial environments. Her past experience leading organizations has developed a diverse skillset of business acumen. She is a KOLBE Certified Consultant working along with individuals and organizations looking to increase their productivity and performance. Her prior work experience includes being the Executive Director of the James J. Hill Center; Publisher of Minnesota Business, Edina, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Southwest Metro, St. Croix Valley, St. Louis Park, St. Paul, White Bear Lake, Woodbury, Minnesota Bride, Arizona Bride and Wisconsin Bride magazines. Tamara also led sales teams at Twin Cities Public Television and the Saint Paul Pioneer Press.


Anne Pryor

Anne Pryor is a top 10 globally recognized LinkedIn Expert, known as a master at facilitating meaningful connections as a certified Online Visibility Strategist; she specializes in LinkedIn - creating, online strategies, and coaching on thought leadership for c-level executives, business owners, recruiters, sales and marketing executives.

With her diverse network, Anne helped to generate millions in dollars in sales for employers leveraging LinkedIn. A former executive at Carlson Marketing, she served as Sr. Director of Wellness and Innovation consulting with Fortune 500 clients. Previously, she was the first employee to open Mall of America’s Knott’s Camp Snoopy (where she worked with Charles Schulz and his team) and she directed sales and marketing for Valleyfair and Lifetouch Portrait Studios.

She has trained more than 125,000 people and written over 15,000 LinkedIn profiles for CEOs, Sales, Marketing, HR leaders from global Fortune 100 to small business clients. Small client list: 3M, Microsoft, Computype, Curphy Consulting, PadillaCRT, Axiom, Cargill, Medtronic, Boston Scientific, CHS, Land O'Lakes, Datatrend, Evercore Wealth Management, Thrivent Financial, Business Incentives Group, YA, Windings, Schwing, Salo, Convey, Hallett Financial, Stinson Leonard Street, Best and Flanagan, Checker Manufacturing, Wings Financial, Windings and many more. Anne is featured in numerous books and is frequent industry expert/ speaker for her universal meaningful connection approach which begins with her philosophy: what happens to you happens to me; we are here to do our greatest good and we need each other to do so. Anne holds a MA from St. Mary’s University a BA from SMSU where she was a basketball and tennis intercollegiate letter-winner. She is the creator of Lovitude® and a Soul Painter, featured on the Hallmark Channel Home & Family Show.


Sara Rogers

In her role as Style Expert and Wardrobe Consultant, Sara has counseled women and men of all ages from all walks of life—working mothers, attorneys, CEOs, broadcast journalists, stay-at-home moms, politicians and young adults just starting their careers. Her goal: “To make life easier for my clients.” As a fashion industry insider and influential spokesperson for over 15 years, Sara has shared her style expertise on television, radio, in print, fashion blogs and personal appearances. Sara is the Trend Specialist for Mall of America. She is an experienced model, personal development instructor and image consultant. Her background includes wardrobe stylist, fashion show commentator, business wardrobe seminar presenter for Dayton/Hudson, television host for Value Vision and handpicked wardrobe stylist by Stacy London’s Style for Hire agency.



Brandon Steiner

Brandon Steiner is the Founder & President of The Steiner Agency and CollectibleXchange. The Steiner Agency is the nation's premiere independent athlete procurement source, and CollectibleXchange is an online platform for fans, collectors, store owners, celebrities, athletes and teams to buy and sell collectibles. Prior, Brandon created Steiner Sports Marketing and Memorabilia, one of the largest companies of its kind. In addition, Brandon is a premier motivational and inspirational speaker. Steiner has spoken to world-class organizations such as the New York Yankees, BMW North America, Nike, Live Nation, Cornell University, TEDx and Harvard Business School. Aside from speaking to audiences, Steiner is a permanent fixture in the media as a regular on ESPN NY Radio 98.7 FM and as co-host of Yankees-Steiner: Memories of the Game on the YES Network. I have appeared frequently on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, ESPN, and in newspapers including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Steiner is the author of Living on Purpose: Stories About Faith, Fortune and Fitness that Will Lead You to an Extraordinary Life, The Business Playbook: Leadership Lessons from the World of Sports and You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid from Brooklyn Started From Scratch, Bought Yankee Stadium, and Created a Sports Empire. He lives in Scarsdale, New York, with his wife, Mara and children Crosby and Nicole.


Joe Sweeney

Joe Sweeney has spent more than 35 years blending his love of business and passion for sports. He has owned, operated, and sold four manufacturing companies, headed up the Wisconsin Sports Authority, and launched a sports marketing firm. Joe purchased equity interest in an investment banking firm and served as president and managing director. He is now an accomplished author, internationally-known speaker, and investor in private equity companies.

Joe’s passion is studying human behavior. He has used the fields of sports, business, and military as his laboratory to better understand why certain people outperform others. Joe has served on 28 boards of directors and is currently active on 6.

Joe received his BA from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and his MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Joe is the author of After Further Review: How Reflection and Action Will Turn Your Somedays Into Today; Moving the Needle: Get Clear, Get Free, and Get Going in Your Career, Business, and Life; and The New York Times bestseller Networking Is a Contact Sport: How Staying Connected and Serving Others Will Help You Grow Your Business, Expand Your Influence — or Even Land Your Next Job. Joe has given hundreds of keynote addresses to a variety of businesses and corporations such as Northwestern Mutual, General Electric, Wells Fargo, CUNA Mutual, Manpower Group, Merrill Lynch, Minnesota Wild, Morgan Stanley, Travelers Insurance, UBS, the Navy SEALs, Universities, Churches, and Professional and Collegiate Sports Teams.


Kevin Warren

Kevin F. Warren is a passionate, entrepreneurial and growth driven executive with proven success as a C-suite leader, builder and deliverer of high performance organizations to drive both short and long term value, while always maintaining an experience-centric focus. He is known for his ability to innovate and transform organizations by building game-changing business and brand strategies. Additionally, Warren is admired for his expertise, personal and professional integrity and for his proven track record for delivering exceptional outcomes.
Warren’s strong interest in business and law, led him to a position with Bond, Schoeneck & King, a sports law firm in Kansas specializing in representing universities involved with NCAA violations. Shortly after an introduction to former St. Louis Rams coach Dick Vermeil, Warren was hired by the St. Louis Rams. During his four-year tenure with St. Louis, the Rams experienced a Super Bowl victory. Kevin was then recruited to work with the Detroit Lions and served as Senior Vice President of Business Operations and General Counsel.

After moving back to his home state of Arizona to work at the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Warren advised the Wilf family on the purchase of the Minnesota Vikings franchise in 2005. Beginning his tenure with the Vikings, Warren worked for the Vikings in various business and legal capacities. Warren was promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) in February of 2015, making him the first African American COO in the National Football League (NFL) and the highest ranking African American business executive in the NFL.

On June 4, 2019, Warren was named the 6th Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference. He becomes the 1st African-American Commissioner of a Autonomous Five (Power 5) conference — a significance definitely not lost on himself. Warren succeeds commissioner Jim Delany.
Warren continues to be a community leader and is very active in civic and community philanthropy. In honor of his late sister Carolyn who passed away from breast cancer, Kevin and his wife Greta donated $1,000,000 to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital — a donation that would establish “Carolyn’s Comforts.” Since 2014, Carolyn’s Comforts has provided nearly 600 emergency assistance grants for pediatric cancer support.

In 2019, Kevin and his wife Greta officially formed the Warren Family Foundation with the mission of empowering the journeys of curious, creative and committed young people – inside and beyond the classroom.


Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson Thissen is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Ameriprise Financial Inc, responsible for oversight of the firm’s legal, compliance and governance functions across its wealth management, asset management and other business segments. She leads a global team of over 400 professionals across multiple regions.

Karen has more than 20 years of legal experience within the financial services industry. Prior to joining Ameriprise, she worked as a trial lawyer and a partner at Faegre & Benson in Minneapolis in its business litigation department.

A frequent public speaker and active community leader, Wilson Thissen has served on a number of nonprofit boards in the Minneapolis community. Within Ameriprise, she has been the co-chair for the firm’s annual giving campaign and is the executive sponsor for its LGBT employee network.