Inspire Purpose,
Potential, & Progress

Former F-16 fighter pilot & NASA Astronaut Ron Garan inspires audiences to shift mindsets, expand horizons, and unlock the power to create exponential results.

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Ron Garan delivers perspective-changing keynote experiences that inspire innovation, teamwork, and exponential transformation.

As a serial entrepreneur, former astronaut & combat fighter pilot, keynote speaker Ron Garan has unique insights into the power of incorporating diverse perspectives.

In his thought-provoking and awe-inspiring Orbital Perspective keynote speech, Ron shares lessons from space, combat, and the boardroom to inspire organizations to ignite a sense of purpose to unlock potential, navigate change, and create opportunity.

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Ron helps teams collaborate, overcome challenges, and achieve more together.

Ron’s audiences are inspired and motivated to think differently and take bold steps toward exploration, resilience, and collaboration – both within their organization and beyond.

In Ron’s keynotes, teams learn the power of the Orbital Perspective. A perspective that reveals a new way of understanding the world that inspires people and organizations to work together for the common good to achieve the seemingly impossible.

Ron’s keynotes inspire audiences to understand that:

  • true collaboration comes from open and honest dialogue that leads to exponential opportunities in a rapidly changing and often chaotic world.
  • earned trust is a key foundation for any successful relationship, personal or professional.
  • change & uncertainty can provide tremendous opportunities for growth.
  • synthesizing the short-term with the long-term, individual and organizational goals with the needs of civilization, and myriad diverse perspectives produces a deep multi-dimensional view of the situations we face and leads to more effective and longer-lasting solutions.

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1985 - 2000

Decorated Fighter & Test Pilot

As a veteran combat pilot, Ron served in the Gulf War flying an F-16 for the U.S. Air Force. He then flew as an instructor in the Air Forces’ elite training unit at the Fighter Weapons School.  In 1994, Ron attended US Navy Test Pilot School and flew test missions in the 39th and 40th Flight Test Squadrons at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

2000 - 2011

Astronaut aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, Soyuz & ISS

Ron was selected and started training as an astronaut in 2000. In 2008, he flew his first mission as a crew member on Space Shuttle Discovery to carry up and install the Japanese laboratory to the International Space Station. In 2011, Ron’s second mission to space, as a fully integrated crew member, began on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Ron served on the ISS for six months during Expeditions 27 and 28.

2005 - Present

Social Entrepreneur & Humanitarian

Ron created the Manna Energy Foundation in 2005 and co-created the social enterprise, Manna Energy Limited the following year. Manna has conducted extensive development work in Africa and has worked with partner organizations to provide clean water to millions in Kenya and Rwanda. It’s been recognized as one of ten top innovators in the field of water purification.

2016 - 2019

Commercial Spaceflight Executive

In 2016, Ron joined World View, an innovative commercial spaceflight company. He helped build the company from a start-up to operational status—leading the development of a brand-new market in the stratosphere.  During his tenure, he has served as chief pilot, senior vice president, and co-president and as a strategic advisor.

2016 - Present

International Keynote Speaker

Ron Garan inspires teams and organizations from around the world to create exponential progress by turning challenges into opportunities, ideas into action, and fear into focus.

Floating In Darkness

A journey of evolution

“Floating in Darkness is a riveting must-read for navigating our time of fear and upheaval – vividly describing dog-fights, seafloor living, space flights and space walks” – Emilie Sydney-Smith – CEO, EXOworks

Ron's Books

—The Key Is We—

In 1991, I was asked to fight a war for my country and for the world. Although I believe war is humanity’s biggest failure, I had no moral reservations about going into combat during Operation Desert Storm. I was willing to give my life to a cause I believed was just.

Once again, I feel called to devote my life to a cause. But this cause is not a conventional war. This is not a war of aggression or a two-dimensional fight between “us” and “them”. For the first time in my life, I am filled with a deep concern for our future.  A very narrow and dangerous worldview has appeared in the mainstream. Coupled with decades of pilotless drift toward environmental and social cliffs, this worldview has put us on a very dangerous trajectory.

I believe that mind-sets, actions, and policies being “sold” as beneficial are leading us to the brink of destruction. I truly believe what we do in the next few years will determine whether humanity will thrive or collapse. I believe the awe-inspiring perspective of our planet from space holds the key to victory.

It is the unifying missing link. To come out on the other side of this divisive turmoil, we must completely flip our perspective. To solve our problems, we must zoom out to get proper perspective and reframe the issues.

We need to shoot for an aspirational destination. By focusing on a destination where all of humanity and the entire living ecosystem can thrive, we can move toward long-term collaboration and interdependent thinking. We must shift people’s perspective away from the cancerous selfishness of parochialism, tribalism, nationalism, racism, sexism and limited short-term thinking toward the bigger, more accurate picture. The stakes have never been higher.

I invite you to take a small step in the right direction with me. We are building a community of people who will help shift the trajectory of our society toward a better future for all.  Start by clicking here to get a five-step e-mail series focused on maximizing positive impact in your life and our world. Please join us.