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Ryan Patel

CNN Contributor & Global Business Executive

Ryan Patel

CNN Contributor & Global Business Executive


Ryan Patel is a world-renowned go-to authority on global business, political economy and corporate governance. An expert in scaling businesses, he has worked for startups to public traded companies; his deep knowledge in strategic global market development, concept scalability, digital transformation, global trade, consumer-driven marketing has made him a thought leader in the global business realm. He is a frequent TV contributor, Board Director and Senior Fellow with the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

Patel is a strong believer in giving back to the community and paying it forward. He currently serves on several advisory boards ranging from social responsibility to technology that has included Mastercard, American Red Cross LA, and Drucker School of Management. His passion for combining social good and business has led him to discuss relevant and real-world situations that are accessible to both students and professionals alike. He is also a trainer at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center. In 2015, he was awarded “Executive of the Year” by the Los Angeles Business Journal and received Special United States Congressional Recognition for outstanding services to the community. In 2017, Inc. listed him as one of nine executives and innovators who serve as an inspiration for how all businesses can make a difference. He also received the 2018 “Connect” Award for Business Leader of the Year and the 2020 recipient of the prestigious NAAAP 100 award. He also recently received the United State Senate Certificate of Commendation which recognized his exemplary business leadership and contributions.

Ryan is a multigenerational communicator who is able to break down complex global business issues in a digestible way. He is a contributor at CNN, BBC, Fox Business, The Hill, Yahoo Finance, CGTN and has been also featured in New York Times, Forbes, Entrepreneur, WWD, Nasdaq, Inc, TD Ameritrade and more. He is an advisory board member of the Mastercard Innovation Collective and a part of “The Collective” at the Washington Post BrandStudio. He accompanies his literary talents with both domestic and international keynote appearances at company meetings and universities such as Mastercard, Hewlett-Packard, LEGO, Salesforce, Money 20/20, World Economic Forum, World Government Summit, Edison International, Nasdaq, Economic Times, FIS, London School of Economics, Wharton School of Business and more.

Patel’s experience includes growing a young company into a global leader, Pinkberry, which enticed him to become the Vice President of Global Development. During his tenure, the company had gone from less than 95 locations to over 270 stores in 23 countries (North America, Europe, MENA, Asia and Latin America), making it one of the fastest-growing retail brands at the time. Patel’s unique and inherent knowledge of the ever-changing nature of trends and how it impacts business has been vital in providing valuable strategy and leadership in developing domestic and international growth plans across multi-cultural and cross-functional teams. He has been a key player at some of the world’s most innovative companies such as Wet Seal Retail, Inc. (Arden B and Wet Seal), Jamba Juice, BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. and Panda Restaurant Group Inc. (Panda Express).

He received his Bachelors from the University of California, Berkeley, and received his MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. He most recently received his Corporate Governance and Board of Directors Certification from the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management Executive Program.

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Human Capital Institute Learning & Leadership Development

Speech Topics

Human Social 2.0: The New Age of Social Responsibility & Business

Having a solid foundation is an essential block for any organization. But as industries are evolving, disruption is occurring more frequently and competition becomes even fiercer due to the global economy - it becomes vital to strengthen the core of the organization.

Ryan Patel has given talks on this topic worldwide from tech companies to consumer brands and all agree that the innovation that is required to strengthen the foundation will be building people in an effective way which includes diverse mindsets to keep from failing in the current environment.

The talk will be focusing on the importance of inclusion and how to effectively execute on diversity that provides equal opportunities for all that will lead to longevity and profitability.

Entrepreneurial Spirit: How to Harness & Cultivate Innovation in the Global Economy

The entrepreneurial spirit is a phrase that has been typically associated with founders and startup companies. However, everyone has an entrepreneurial spirit and the key is how to unlock it in all kinds of settings, from the corporate world to your personal life.

Ryan Patel has leveraged his experiences in scaling for startups and public traded companies and will share how all sizes of companies can learn from each other’s innovation and creativity to be disruptive. The talk will dive into the importance of individual empowerment and best techniques in team building to foster that innovative mindset from all various backgrounds and skill sets.

Why is this important? We will live in a global economy that moves at such a faster speed now. To keep up with growth with competitors, trends, social responsibility, and even peers, it is vital to unlock advantages that are already existing from a corporate strategy level, your team and in yourself.

Going Global: Ways to Develop Global Brands & Teams

For many looking from the outside in, global expansion and entering new markets seems to be a “no brainer.” One can only wish it was that easy. The world is a large place with key differences from country to country which can support different business models. Ryan Patel will provide different strategies and illustrate key principles via stories and case studies of other brands success and failures.

Patel offers a unique and rare glimpse to audiences during the growing pain stage that brands face with they scale, especially in developing globally. There are many applicable lessons to domestic growth as well with balancing business development needs and protecting the brand to name a few. Including dissecting trends from retail to food and how the evolution of consumer experiences.

From lessons learned to shared values, global expansion appears to have a blank canvas with an unlimited amount of opportunities to add a splash of color.

Leadership & Influence: How to Empower & Succeed in a Disruptive Industry

We live in a society where leaders do not have to just lead by example but need to build highly effective teams to accomplish consistently higher goals. Ryan Patel has gained insight from many of the top CEOs and will take you on a journey from lessons learned and his philosophy in how to succeed. From the power of persuasion to cultivating entrepreneurial spirit within an organization, Patel will empower his audience in unique ways, easily accessible to all levels. This includes the creative lens of diversity and inclusion and how to embed that into a company’s culture and team in order to create an innovative culture.