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Ryan  Patel

Ryan Patel

TV Contributor, Global Business Executive & Senior Fellow at Drucker School of Management


Ryan Patel is widely regarded as a thought leader in global business and in scaling companies and brands. He currently serves on several advisory boards and boards of directors across different sectors from social responsibility to technology. As a global executive, he has worked for startups to publicly traded companies; his deep knowledge in global economies, innovation, strategy, and consumer trends has made him an expert in growing businesses worldwide. He is a frequent CNN contributor on the newsroom and has been featured in Entrepreneur, WWD, Nasdaq, Yahoo, Los Angeles Business Journal and many others. He was awarded the 2015 Executive of the Year by the LA Business Journal and Special United States Congressional Recognition for outstanding services to the community.  Read More >

Patel recently served as the Vice President of Global Development for Pinkberry, which was one of the fastest growing retail brands globally during his tenure. The opportunity to help grow a young company into a global leader enticed Patel to Pinkberry. During his tenure, the company had gone from less than 95 locations to over 270 stores in 23 countries at the time of the company being sold. Patel 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 including Pinkberry, Wet Seal Retail, Inc. (Arden B and West Seal), Jamba Juice, BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. and Panda Restaurant Group Inc. (Panda Express). 

Patel has a unique and diverse view of the changing nature of trends impacting business, shoppers, employees, competition, economics, technology to management, and offers a corporate to franchise perspective. He has coached hundreds of entrepreneurs and helped companies grow into world-renowned brands. Patel is a strong believer in giving back to the community and paying it forward, and serves as a Board of Director at the American Red Cross LA. His passion in combining social responsibility and business has led him to discuss relevant and real-world situations which is accessible to both students and professionals alike.

Patel is a frequent speaker at conferences, company meetings and universities; in the United States and around the globe. He received his Bachelors from University of California, Berkeley, received his MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at University of California, Irvine and is currently a Senior Fellow at Drucker School of Management. He most recently received his Corporate Governance and Board of Directors Certification from University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management Executive Program. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

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Speech Topics

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

Ryan Patel has leveraged his experiences in working for startups and public traded companies and will share how both big and small companies can learn from each other to succeed.

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

Ryan Patel will create a framework for companies and individuals in how to be genuine in their social responsibility strategy that consumers and employees will get behind.

Strengthening the Foundation: Building People, Innovation, Diversity & Inclusion

Ryan Patel has given talks on this topic worldwide from tech companies to consumer brands and leads to the agreement that including all will lead to a better outcome. This talk speaks to the importance of inclusion and how diverse mindsets leads to longevity and profitability.

Leadership & Influence: How to Empower & Succeed

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 entrepreneurs of all levels.

Negotiations: Global Business Development & Real Estate Deals

Have you visited your favorite coffee shop, restaurant, or retail store and said this is a great site? Get a behind the scenes look at all the tactics and internal procedures that go hand in hand with opening a store. Ryan Patel has completed hundreds of deals with some of the top landlords, developers and organizations throughout the globe. This talk will provide all the different perspectives and principles that can be related into your own negotiations. 

Going Global: Ways to Develop Global Brands

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 to provide stories and examples of other brands. Patel offers a unique and rare glimpse to audiences in balancing business development needs and protecting the brand. 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.

Emerging Growth & Trends from Retail to Food

How does fashion and food go together? Ryan Patel will explain the trends that are happening not just within the US, but on a global level. As someone who understands the retail business, he has quickly developed relationships and experiences with major department stores to the smallest food kiosks. He’ll explain how brands you love sometimes have strategies that intertwine.

Entrepreneurship: Going Corporate or Franchise

The perception of the term “franchise” has evolved dramatically from 10 years ago to now. Within the past several years, countries from all across the globe have sought and accepted a proliferation of franchise concepts from the United States and other developed countries. Franchises have been able to enter into many countries and grow at a rapid pace. New franchise opportunities become the focus of local news stories and weave their way into daily conversations in the local regions between customers, friends and even students in the classroom. Ryan Patel coaches entrepreneurs and provides guiding principles in evaluating opportunities.  

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