Keynote speaker Ron Garan is a highly decorated NASA astronaut, fighter pilot, and active social entrepreneur who believes that appropriately designed and targeted social enterprise can solve many of the problems facing our world.Watch Ron Speak See Ron's Career Timeline
A thirty-year career in the US Air Force and NASA has given Ron a unique perspective on how teams function under stress.
Ron has been a member of several high-performing teams in combat, during high-risk test flights, and in dealing with life-or-death aircraft emergencies—which have forged a process to turn stress into performance. Ron merges those lessons with his entrepreneurial and corporate executive experience, providing unique insights for organizations facing tough challenges.Explore Ron's Speaking Topics
The idea of strapping yourself to a rocket filled with 4 million pounds of explosives forces one to learn and accept new technology.
Many of the problems facing organizations today have technological solutions. However, we can’t just slap a technical Band-Aid on a problem and expect it to go away. Success occurs when we take a holistic approach to technical solutions. Using real-world examples, Ron navigates the benefits and unintended consequences of technology in an increasingly interdependent landscape.Watch Ron's Keynote Reel
Imagine if you were one of only six hundred people to see the Grand Canyon— or to see a flower. How would you describe that awe and wonder to the rest of us?
Starting from a foundation of awe and wonder changes everything. It is the “secret sauce” that opens the mind to new ideas, connections, and creative solutions. Ron uses the magic of awe and wonder to inspire your team and your mission, and to encourage new alliances.
The platform that made the International Space Station possible was mutual trust. Trust is difficult to earn and easy to lose.
Using the example of the ISS and many others, Ron drives home the reality that the only way to ensure long-term success and progress is to start by building a foundation of trust. Only through trust are we able to set aside our differences and work together toward a shared goal.Learn About Ron's Consulting
What is undeniably clear from the orbital perspective is that each and every one of us is traveling through the universe together on this spaceship we call Earth, that we are all deeply interconnected and interdependent.
From space, Ron was able to look back and see what we have always been, one single human family with a common origin. Ron returned to earth with a deep realization of the reality of our shared destiny. Since we are all in this together, the only way we will solve the challenges we all face is together.Watch Ron Speak About Collaboration
Ron launched into space with a belief that we already have all the resources and technology necessary to solve many, if not all, of the problems facing our world. He spent much of his free time on the space station pondering the question “If that is true why do so many problems still remain?”
One of the main answers to that question is that a significant part of our planetary population is excluded from the problem-solving process. When we connect more than 7 billion creative, problem-solving minds into a global conversation, we will find solutions we never dreamed of, coming from places we’ve never heard of. Ron applies this macro strategy of inclusion to the problem-solving process of organizations, big and small.