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Uncommon Partners

Uncommon Projects

Uncommon Results

 

HOW WE work

We work collaboratively with our clients and the communities they serve to enable positive change.

Our practice is focused on three service areas: Strategy, Facilitation, and Planning and Program Management

Our services

 

STRATEGY

Working in close collaboration with our clients, we identify core objectives and desired results, and develop a comprehensive, outcomes-based strategy to help them achieve their goals. 

Corrie is the consummate pro. She has a unique ability to develop big, strategic ideas and also get them implemented.... If I have a difficult problem that needs solving, Corrie is one of the first people I would call. And besides that, she has such a positive attitude - nothing is too challenging for her.
— Tom Scott, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

A clear strategy is the North Star that guides your leadership, your staff, and your partners on the path to success. 

We help clients identify the outcomes they’re hoping to achieve, and develop a strategic roadmap to help them reach their goals—and know when they’re veering off course.

 

Lisa is pure positive energy. She swoops in, absorbs the culture and asks all the right questions to understand the vision, goals and needs of an organization. Then her intellect and instincts take over as she collaboratively develops a plan and builds a strong base of support to make it happen.
— Sherry Prowda, Forterra

Strategy engagements may include:

  • Outcome mapping
  • Landscaping & SWOT analysis
  • Program strategy and supporting architecture
  • Measurement framework
  • Governance structures
  • Budget modeling

FACILITATION

Focused, hands-on sessions help teams crystallize strategic goals, align tactics, envision new programmatic elements, and secure stakeholder buy-in.

Corrie acted as the facilitator for [our] 2-day grantee convening...It was a tough crowd filled with jaded journalists, global media leaders, academics and others and Corrie used the right balance of rigor, humor, respect and leadership. She listened carefully and read the audience, adapting in the moment to address the needs of the group while keeping within the objectives of the meeting.
— Dan Green, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

 

When you bring people together for a meeting, you’re entering a contract. Your participants are giving you their time, attention, and brainpower. What will you give them in return? 

We’ve worked with clients like Cannes Lions, the United Nations Foundation, and the Burke Museum to craft dynamic sessions that deliver results.


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Working with... the entire Uncommon team was a wonderful experience.
Their support and guidance during the pilot phase of a community engagement project meshed perfectly with our institutional needs.
— Brian Carter, The Burke Museum
  • Strategy workshops
  • Annual planning
  • Community engagement
  • Ideation and creation
  • Listening sessions
  • Board/partner retreats

 

PLANNING & PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

We help clients create a blueprint for program leadership, with pragmatic tools and right-sized processes for day-to-day management.

Launching new programs requires bold vision, strong leadership, and unyielding attention to the operational details.

Whether we are serving as hands-on program managers, or providing client teams with the tools and tactics they need to manage effectively, we pride ourselves in our unique ability to bridge the gaps between ideas, action, and results.

I’ve worked with Corrie on two different projects that involved a huge number of stakeholders, complex limitations and very ambitious goals. Each time Corrie brought absolute clarity of vision, leadership and unrivaled communication skills to the table.

I can say with all conviction that those projects would not have moved the needle in the way they have if it hadn’t been for her relentlessness, her passion and intelligence.
— Senta Slingerland, Cannes Lions

 

In our client engagements, we have developed and implemented plans for…

  • Thought leadership
  • Traditional and social media
  • Stakeholder management
  • Internal communications & change management
  • Editorial & community engagement
  • Ongoing measurement and reporting
Lisa brings a deep and strong understanding of the community. Her broad network means she knows who the best contacts are for any given circumstance, and she creates important connections between and among people for true collective impact.
— Martha Choe, MCCHOE & Associates

OUR CLIENTS

We are proud to have collaborated with leaders who are shaping our world.

 

who we are

 

CORRIE FRASIER (FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL)

Corrie is the founder of Uncommon. Equally at home working with C-level executives, award-winning creative teams, world leaders, and community organizers, she brings more than 20 years of experience to the firm, with expertise in strategy development, program design and management, and facilitation.

Prior to starting Uncommon, Corrie served as the innovation lead for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Communications team. There, she led the development of the foundation’s digital channels, designed public engagement programs with partners including TED, Sundance, and the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, and launched the team’s venture fund for early-stage innovations in communications.

You can contact Corrie at corrie@uncommon.partners
 


Lisa Howe Verhovek (partner)

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Lisa Howe Verhovek is a community connector, bringing people together to create a shared vision and a roadmap to realizing it. From 2007 - 2012, she served as the community relations manager for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Lisa led the foundation’s civic efforts during the development of its new world headquarters and created the foundation’s first formal civic engagement program. Prior to this she was director of communications at Philanthropy Northwest, a professional organization for corporate social responsibility and philanthropic efforts in the six-state Northwest region.

You can contact Lisa at lisa@uncommon.partners


Corrie and Lisa are an unusually creative team that brings both vision and attention to detail to each project. I appreciate both their energy and enthusiasm.
— Lisa Cohen, Washington Global Health Alliance

Zola maddison (ASSOCIATE)

You can contact Zola at zola@uncommon.partners

You can contact Zola at zola@uncommon.partners

Zola is passionate about working with organizations to create sustainable social change. Prior to joining Uncommon, Zola worked with the Global Libraries team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation leading their engagement in the Middle East and North Africa and supporting national-scale program implementation and sustainability planning. Her experience in philanthropy was informed by over ten years in the non-profit sector, working on the ground with organizations in Guatemala, South Africa, UAE and U.S. She is currently a strategic advisor to Bibliothèques Sans Frontières, and a founding member of Emerge Washington.

Photo courtesy of Sebastian Lindstrom

Photo courtesy of Sebastian Lindstrom