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Having enjoyed an illustrious career that has cemented Colonel Ron Garan place as one of the world’s most influential individuals, the iconic father of three is a decorated NASA astronaut, fighter pilot and test pilot, a humanitarian, and a social entrepreneur.

As part of a select group of individuals who have been fortunate enough to see the world from space, Ron champions his “orbital perspective” message to improve life on earth. Ron is celebrated not just for his research in space but also for his humanitarian contribution to life on earth.

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.

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.

Keynotes & Speeches
Taking Ron’s orbital perspective, audiences learn to look beyond what separates us and to recognize that we’re are all in this together, on one common mission.

Ron’s career as an astronaut, decorated combat fighter pilot, commercial space executive, and humanitarian offers a unique perspective to any meeting or event. His lessons from living, working, and spacewalking on the International Space Station, perhaps the most complex structure ever built, serve as a perfect illustration for collaboration.

His approach has a powerful effect, allowing audiences to set aside differences, work as a team, and embrace change for a brighter future. Ron’s long-term and big-picture perspective continues to effect positive change in individuals and organizations across the planet.

Core Topics

  • Leadership & Risk Management
  • Finding Unity in Divisive Times
  • Embracing Change & Technology

Corporate Social Responsibility

Business enterprise has the incredible power either to destroy our world by clinging to a two-dimensional, us-versus-them, winner-take-all mind-set at all costs, or to save our world by embracing the reality of the interdependent nature of all things and incorporating a new paradigm of long-term thinking and profound collaboration.

Companies that cling to the old models will begin to see themselves being left behind and will have to adapt, evolve, and take on a much more cooperative approach to keep up with the economic growth that true collaboration will spark.

Key Takeaways:

Learn how to write corporate social responsibility into the DNA of your organization.
Open and transparent collaboration will fuel tremendous economic growth.
The three-key pillars are: interdependence, profound collaboration, long-term thinking.

Innovation & Planetary Stewardship
We can take an environmentally sustainable business approach while developing new and exciting products and services, creating more jobs, and increasing profitability.

Issues such as global warming, deforestation, ocean acidification, and biodiversity loss can’t be addressed as stand-alone issues when in reality, they are symptoms of an underlying root problem, which is that we do not see ourselves as planetary.

Key Takeaways:

We don’t live on a globe.
Go after the root cause rather than the symptom.
Work with our biosphere, not against it.

Keynote Topic #1

Leadership & Risk Management

Ron’s strategy allowed him to effectively navigate risk while flying in combat, while pushing the envelope as a test pilot, and during two space missions and four spacewalks. Ron Garan also shares how he has applied his strategy to risk in his many entrepreneurial endeavors.


Key Takeaways:

Risk is the price we pay for a greater benefit.
Maintaining the “tried and true” in rapidly changing environments can be the riskiest decision.
Where’s the way out if everything goes south?

Keynote Topic #2

Finding Unity in Divisive Times


Highly engaging and inspiring, Ron Garan uses the International Space Station and many other examples of profound collaboration to drive home the incredible power of being able to set aside our differences and work together toward a shared goal.


Key Takeaways:

Work as one team to achieve overarching goals.
Break down silos in your organization.
Build a foundation of trust.

Keynote Topic #3

Embracing Change & Technology

The business landscape has been changed in part by positive things like revolutionary technical innovations, powerful new ways to reach consumers and customers, an explosion of collaborative tools, and many other positive trends that together are rewriting the fundamentals of business.

Change is also caused by the disruption and uncertainty all around us. We are living through very uncertain times, and many factors impacting our business operations. Change and uncertainty can cause us to shrink and become more conservative in our business approaches, or we can see them as opportunities.

In order to successfully capitalize on the opportunities that are all around us, we need to take a holistic approach and strive to see how everything fits together. In today’s climate, the riskiest course of action is to simply continue to do what worked yesterday.


Key Takeaways:

Turn problems and challenges into opportunities.
Take advantage of revolutionary new ways to reach customers and consumers.
Zooming out allows us to see who has the pieces of the puzzle and what picture they form.

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  • Sir Paul Judge
    12/03/2021 at 5:13 pm

    “Ron Garan delivered an extremely inspirational and thought provoking address. His personal insight into a field that very few of us will ever get to experience combined with strong messages and lessons for the audience ensured that his participation was one of the highlights of the event.”

    Sir Paul Judge
    President | Association of MBAs

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  • Hans Reitz
    11/17/2021 at 5:07 pm

    “Ron is an extremely compelling speaker who masterfully blends his diverse professional experience and experience as an ambassador for the social business movement into a message that has left a profound positive impact on countless individuals and organizations.”

    Hans Reitz
    Founder/MD | Grameen Creative Lab

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  • Jason Silva
    11/04/2021 at 5:12 pm

    “A wonderful call to shift our point of view from local to global, from myopic to orbital. This consciousness-altering, ego-dissolving, mind-reconfiguring experience renders our common purpose clear: we are the frontal lobes of this Pale Blue Dot and we need to leverage our collective genius to overcome our challenges and unleash our potential. Bravo!”

    Jason Silva
    Host of National Geographic’s BrainGames

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  • Kofi A. Annan
    10/21/2021 at 5:03 pm

    “The Orbital Perspective reminds us of our common humanity and that the pressing challenges we face, we must face and resolve together through tolerance, dialogue, and cooperation.”

    Kofi A. Annan
    Nobel Peace Laureate and Chair, Kofi Annan Foundation

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  • Michael Merson, M.D.
    09/22/2021 at 5:09 pm

    “Ron is a tremendous inspiration to our global health students and faculty at Duke. His global perspective and message that ‘nothing is impossible’ resonates with audiences young and old.”

    Michael Merson, M.D.
    Director | Duke Global Health Institute

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  • Roger Atkins
    08/04/2021 at 5:08 pm

    “I felt like I’d actually climbed aboard the ISS for a while. The closest I’ll ever get to being in space. Complex solutions will only come together when we take an orbital perspective! That was my key takeaway!”

    Roger Atkins
    Founder | Electric Vehicle Outlook Ltd.

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  • John Higgins
    07/27/2021 at 5:02 pm

    “Uniquely and intellectually engaging. Ron has a way of sharing his experiences in space and on earth without bravado, but instead with a unique humility and perspective about how we can all participate in making the world a better place. He is truly inspirational and it is impossible to walk away without having engaging conversations and a new view of the fragile oasis we all share.”

    John Higgins

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  • Craig Sabol
    05/07/2021 at 4:59 pm

    “Ron’s opening keynote talk perfectly framed the rest of our offsite. True collaboration requires us to step outside of our comfort zones in order to embrace innovative approaches. Ron was able to article the value of our specific function to the rest of the organization, as change happens through people.”

    Craig Sabol
    Gilead Sciences Inc.

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  • Peter Gabriel
    03/19/2021 at 4:56 pm

    “Ron’s focus is on finding new connections and collaborations that cross borders and allow us to transform the world for the better before we destroy this big blue ball we call home.”

    Peter Gabriel
    Musician & Founder of WOMAD

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  • Job Karstens
    08/17/2020 at 5:01 pm

    “Ron Garan delivered the perfect opening keynote to start our conference on mobility. His unique orbital perspective not only inspired our very international and diverse audience, it also put things into perspective, big time. I would recommend Ron for virtually any kind of event where people wish to be inspired.”

    Job Karstens
    PR & Events | EVBox

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  • Wladimir Klitschko, PhD
    05/17/2020 at 5:04 pm

    “The Orbital Perspective is an inspirational knockout. After reading this book you will refuse to accept the status quo on our planet.”

    Wladimir Klitschko, PhD
    Heavyweight Champion,
    Founder of Klitschko Management Group

  • Dr. Rüdiger Grube
    02/11/2020 at 5:05 pm

    “Ron Garan has returned from his space missions not as someone who believes himself to be above us all, but as someone who remains down to Earth. Someone who knows that we are part of something bigger. What Ron has started around the world has made a deep impression on me and the 800 young leaders at the Pathfinder Conference.”

    Dr. Rüdiger Grube
    Chairman & CEO | Deutsche Bahn AG

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