Ron Garan

Tagline: NASA Astronaut

Talent Highlights

  • 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.

Keynote Topics

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 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?

Highly engaging and inspiring, Ron 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. 

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.

Business enterprise has the incredible power either to destroy our world by clinging to a two-dimensional, us-versus-them, winner-take-all mindset 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.

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.

Financially sustainable efforts are able to incorporate long-term planning and play the “infinite game” for the benefit of all.

Key Takeaways:

People are not one-dimensional; they are motivated by many diverse factors.
We can do well by doing good.
Give your contributions multiple lives: invest and reinvest in self-sufficient efforts.

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Travels From:

  • Houston, TX

Fee Range:

  • Fees: $20,000 - $35,000

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Former NASA astronaut and highly decorated combat fighter Ron Garan racked up 178 days in space and more than 71 million miles in 2,842 orbits during tours on the International Space Station after launching to space aboard the US Space Shuttle and Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Prior to those journeys, he lived and conducted research on […]

Former NASA astronaut and highly decorated combat fighter Ron Garan racked up 178 days in space and more than 71 million miles in 2,842 orbits during tours on the International Space Station after launching to space aboard the US Space Shuttle and Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

Prior to those journeys, he lived and conducted research on the bottom of the ocean in the world’s only undersea research lab, Aquarius. Before reaching the summit of his career, Ron Garan, a former test pilot and graduate of the US Naval Test Pilot School, taught hundreds of aspiring pilots how to “up their game” at the prestigious USAF Fighter Weapons School, the Air Force version of Top Gun.

Today, Ron Garan is celebrated for his research in space and for his humanitarian contribution to life on Earth.

Ron Garan 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 Garan | NASA Astronaut | Leadership

Ron Garan 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.

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