Moving organizations and leaders in one direction — FORWARD

Forward offers a suite of services including governance consulting, strategic planning, executive coaching, and board leadership coaching.

Forward offers a suite of services including governance consulting, strategic planning, and executive coaching.

Guiding organizations and leaders into the future

Governance Consulting

Partnering with non-profit organizations to maximize governance practices, positioning boards as strategic assets aligned in support of organizational missions.

Strategy Development

Facilitating a range of strategy development including multi-year strategic plans and shorter term targeted and tactical planning.

Executive Coaching

Serving as a thought partner to experienced and emerging executive leaders, providing one on one support to maximize personal and professional potential.

Why choose Forward?

With two decades of experience spanning operations, strategic planning, and board development, Forward combines a neutral third-party perspective and best practices to help you turn ideas into action.

Forward partners with executives and boards across all sectors using a tailored approach including board advisory services, strategic planning, and executive coaching.

Success, tailored to your needs.

We partner with you to optimize organizational performance across three domains — governance effectiveness, strategic facilitation, and individual leadership coaching. Our approach is collaborative and designed to support your unique needs. Backed by years of experience in governance, strategy, and executive leadership, Laura Orr will help you create the path FORWARD.

Let's Talk

Forward offers a complimentary discussion to learn more about your consulting and coaching needs. There’s no commitment, just an opportunity to explore opportunities to move your organization and your leadership FORWARD.


"I’ve had the pleasure of working with Laura for many years and I can’t imagine a better partner to help assess and develop governance best practices."
Peggy Troy, President and CEO
Children’s Wisconsin
"Laura’s governance skills are amazing but she also contributes in so many other, broader ways. She has a way of getting us to focus on what matters most."
Greg Nickerson, Board President, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
Chairman, Bader Rutter


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