a person who leads in any competition.
Someone in a race who breaks to the front immediately and establishes the pace for the field.
a contestant who runs best when in the lead.

Frontrunners is more than an idea, it's a bold approach to living. 

A Frontrunner blazes a new trail into the uncharted territory of their potential, overcoming obstacles, tearing down internal barriers, and challenging themselves to set the pace for those who will follow.

Frontrunners is a community where creative entrepreneurs come to get encouraged, equipped, and empowered to go the distance in business and in life.

YOU are a Frontrunner because there is something you are meant to do in this life that only you can do – but you don't have to do it alone.

Frontrunners is a place where we can run alongside each other. 

Surround yourself with other dreamers who are also taking action. Read. Learn. Go for it.


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Hi! I’m Nathanael.

I have a huge passion for connecting with people and helping them discover their personal creativity and the path toward their dreams. I do this through writing, speaking, mentoring, and genuine relationships.

As a teacher, designer and coach, I believe that being transparent with others is the foundation for trust. I care a lot about showing people their value and teaching them to stand up for it. I also love helping people uncover their hidden dreams and save them time on their journey by sharing lessons I've learned through experience.

A decade as an entrepreneur in the design industry has made it my passion to act as a translator for vision, and helped me develop a process for intentionally designing a balanced and fulfilling life.


I've had the opportunity to work with influential brands like Nike, Adidas, Microsoft, Xbox, ASICS, Apple, and GAP. I have worked as an independent design director with companies of every size, from launching startups to overseeing the brands of multi-billion dollar corporate clients. 

I live in Portland, Oregon with my wife, best friend and business partner Shannon—who has a passion for fitness, motherhood, and empowering women—our baby boy Elliot, and our chunky charcoal lab Mylo.

We spend our days creating side-by-side, cooking, adventuring, laughing, and being in love. I am a Believer, an optimist, a movie lover, I'm a huge Lord Of The Rings and Star Wars nerd, I love reading books (like a lot), and I'm addicted to learning new things. I love good design, and I think that the best design is a well-designed life, full of passion, laughter, and fulfillment.

Stoked to run with you.

– Nathanael

The 'Gram: @nathanael.clanton