My name is Ryan. I’m a partner/husband, a father, a dreamer and I spend most of my time thinking about people and human systems -- constantly deconstructing the status quo, pushing the boundaries, and searching for a better way to do things — especially in the workplace. My pronouns are he/him.
I have the privilege of leading the absolute best collection of creative human beings on the planet. It all happens at a music agency I’ve built called Marmoset. It's my sandbox.
The aim of this journal is to share some of the more fascinating and impactful experiences of my journey. And moreover, to share a new way of leading and achieving high performance among teams of people. I call it Nurture Theory and over time, I will distill it all here.
An advocate of creators, makers and artists, I once gave a TED Talk about "leading creatives amidst a modern landscape" and I've delivered talks on topics of workplace culture, diversity + equity + inclusion, leadership, start-ups, branding and music licensing at places like SXSW, CMJ Music Festival, The Sync Summit, Tech Fest NW, MusicFest NW, Shades of Green, NextCon, LB Con, The Hawaii Songwriting Festival, The University of Montana, Lewis & Clark College, Southern Oregon University, The Portland Business Journal, Oregon Business Magazine, Portland Public Schools, The Young Presidents Organization and for The Entrepreneurs Organization.
A graduate (and former college radio DJ) at Southern Oregon University, I'm honored to serve my alma mater on the University's Foundation Board of Trustees. I'm a member of The Guild of Music Supervisors and have served on the Board of Governors for The Recording Academy (The Grammys). I'm active in my Portland, Oregon Chapter of EO (Entrepreneurs Organization) and have completed EO's Entrepreneurial Masters Program at MIT and EO's Finance & Operations program at The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Ryan occasionally contributes to Forbes.com
A regular speaker at events, conferences, for organizations and community events, I’m available for speaking, advising and consulting opportunities.