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Ryan  Campbell

Ryan Campbell

Youngest Solo Pilot to Circumnavigate the Globe, One of Australia's 50 Great Explorers, Plane Crash Survivor, Incomplete Paraplegic & Best-Selling Author

Ryan Campbell

Youngest Solo Pilot to Circumnavigate the Globe, One of Australia's 50 Great Explorers, Plane Crash Survivor, Incomplete Paraplegic & Best-Selling Author


Born and raised in an Australian coastal town, Ryan discovered his passion at a very young age -- flight. Aviation would be the dominant fixture in the young Australian’s life, providing some amazing but also traumatic, life-altering experiences.

As a 14-year-old fixated on becoming a pilot, Ryan took on a number of after school jobs to finance his flying lessons. Shortly thereafter, he went on to achieve his first prominent goal in life as he flew an airplane solo for the first time on his 15th birthday. The passionately determined young man soon found himself researching a goal so lofty it had never been accomplished before---to fly a single-engine airplane solo around the world as a teenager.

The next two years of Ryan’s life would prove to be transformative. He was forced to grow up at a young age as he personally fundraised $250,000, trained, and planned for a world circumnavigation. Ryan made international headlines as he flew his way around the globe in a rented airplane, including a feature story on 60 Minutes, countless television appearances, radio, and print interviews. The world watched this young man chase his dreams. It was an expedition for the history books.

Ryan’s life blossomed as he was named one of Australia’s 50 Great Explorers, the 2013Australian Geographic Young Adventurer of the Year, and finalist for Young Australian of the Year. Life after the world flight was all about awards, sharing his story through speaking engagements, and writing a book to be imminently published titled, Born to Fly. The young kid from a normal, Aussie family even met The Royals. Life was quite good.

In an instant, Ryan’s life changed following a very seriously light plane crash in 2015. He survived against all odds and was admitted to a spinal rehabilitation ward as a complete paraplegic with no movement from his waist down. With a further five breaks in his back and broken bones ranging from his face to his feet, Ryan needed to tap into everything he learned during his global expedition and more. The biggest undertaking of his young life was just beginning.

Ryan is a master of adversity and an ardent believer that life is won and lost above the shoulders---your mind can be either your most powerful asset or the determinant of your failure. He proved his mental fortitude by making history as a record-breaking pilot but demonstrated his mastery by learning to walk again and fighting his way back into the sky.

Now based in Nashville, Tennessee, Ryan delivers his message of building and strengthening your foundation of resilience through the unforgettable 'Turbulence Tough' and 'What's Your Pink Cadillac?' brands.

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Turbulence Tough: Building Resilient, Unstoppable Teams

Much like unexpected turbulence, tomorrow’s challenges are entirely unknown. One thing we can be sure of, however, is the certainty of future storms. Successful organizations are fueled by resilient teams, prepared to not only ride out the bumps but efficiently harness adversity in order to fly faster and higher than ever before.

Through an inspiring, rollercoaster ride of real-life adventure and adversity, Ryan Campbell shares the tales and take-aways that inspire, equip and encourage the pursuit of your unique maximum potential. From a world record-breaking, 24,000-mile solo flight around the world to learning to walk and fly again as a paraplegic plane crash survivor, uncover the truths behind becoming Turbulence Tough from one of Australia’s 50Greatest Explorers.

In this session, attendees will learn how to –

  • Understand how adversity is an opportunity for growth
  • Adopt a system to track personal and team development
  • Efficiently extract, store and sharpen your most powerful resliience tools
  • Identify and operate to your own maximum potential
  • Understand why Bruce Springsteen was right, everyone needs a Pink Cadillac...

What's Your Pink Cadillac?

In today’s fast paced, ever evolving corporate environment there has never been a more important time to focus on work-life balance. One of the most common forms of turbulence is burn out.

Through an unnecessary and somewhat irresponsible purchase, a 2.5 tonne Pink Cadillac, Ryan discovered the power and fulfillment in the things that make you smile like a kid. Ryan now brings the ‘What’s Your Pink Cadillac?’ message to audiences around the world and the response has been incredible.

Let’s step back from the desk to discover your Pink Cadillac and show up better in all areas of your professional life!

In this session, attendees will learn how to -

  • Understand the implications of work-life ‘imbalance’
  • Find the one thing that makes them ‘smile like a kid’
  • Find, drive, and share their own ‘Pink Cadillac’
  • Laugh! And learn things about their co-workers that they never knew