I've coached & consulted business leaders, entrepreneurs, & truth seekers from a wide range of companies and circumstances. Below are examples of organizations that some of my clients have worked at, or founded, along with some sample testimonials across my leadership, career, and brand coaching/consulting services.
A. Brand Consulting
“I had a vision of women in business and technology supporting each other, but needed help making it a reality and learning how to talk about it. Ryan helped me to access my own clarity. Through his process, with a balance between structure and intuition, I was able to understand what my vision really was and how to share it with others in a relatable way. Over time, I’ve learned how to follow and listen to a vision that I believe chose me as much as I chose it. Following this path, in this way, has brought me a kind of synchronicity and support I could never have planned.”
~ Michelle Stransky / WisdomWomen
“As we were starting to follow our vision for Pressboard, we wanted clarity on questions like, “what is the core of our brand?” and “how do we present ourselves authentically?” Ryan drew it all out of us—it’s like he took our own intuition and helped us put what we subconsciously knew into words. Now I’m less concerned about ‘selling’ our product because I can focus more on relating to customers with a genuine intention to help them. So much of our brand is ‘in me’ now—I’m more clear about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. As a result, we’ve come a long way in a short period of time.”
~ Tiam Korki / Co-Founder, Pressboard Media
"I wanted to launch my new venture with authenticity and relevance. With Ryan's guidance, I was able to unpack my message with deep clarity, experiencing the aliveness that comes from being aligned to one's purpose. I can now speak about an approach to education that both acknowledges the dignity of childhood and makes sense in the marketplace. Over the past 3 years, we've stayed committed to our intention which has proven to meet an important need for families who are now seeing their children happy and thriving at school."
~ Debra Lambrecht, Founder of Caulbridge School in Marin, CA
“I wanted to write a book, to tell my story… to show parents you can have both a spiritual life AND a family. I wasn’t sure I had enough to say, and I thought I had to do it all alone. Ryan helped me understand my resistance, tap into the depth of insight and knowledge already inside me, and see how my ideas, and who I am, all fits together. In the end he helped me turn my business into a platform for my voice. Blog-writing and creating partnerships is now effortless for me. I connected with an amazing editor and wrote my book!”
~ Michelle Gale / Author of, ‘Mindful Parenting in a Messy World'
Ryan took us through a process that was like an archeological dig, unearthing our core as a community. We now have a revitalized sense of who we are and the unique role we play in the world. We know how to talk about our work in a relatable and authentic way. Two years after our brand engagement, more people are attending our core program offering than in any of the prior ten years. Additionally, it's reduced time on creating new marketing materials and orienting new hires.” (Note: You can read a full case study of the work with The Haven).
~ Rachel Davey / Executive Director, The Haven
As a consultant, my brand no longer felt authentic to who I am and to my deeper calling. I was taking the clients I was being given rather than leading my life and my business from a place of purpose. I could also tell I had a book inside me that was related to this purpose, but it was not coming out. I was stuck with questions like, “What do I do about it? What’s the action?” In working with Ryan, the focus began entirely on me as a person, before we got into my business. Their approach allowed me to reconnect to my ancestry and stop leaving behind the unique leadership approaches I bring to my engagements. There’s so much more about myself that got revealed to me. This work has unlocked possibilities that have a real financial impact—I’m making better decisions that attract the right audience and the right dollars. I’ve identified my core strengths and uniqueness beyond the obvious. I’m able to articulate my value with more confidence. I’m now writing the book in me that wants to be written.”
~ Michael Ansa / Chief Practitioner of Hyphen Human
I usually associate the marketing process with being stressful and inauthentic. I tried to write copy for my website for years but had a block. I didn’t yet have a clear intention for my brand or expression of my voice. The sessions with Ryan really tapped into my integral whole self and were very life affirming. They helped to move some energy block around clarity and personal expression. I didn’t feel boxed into a marketing process working with Ryan. There was enough structure while also having enough space, spontaneity & grace to make the writing exercises and sessions very personal and enjoyable.
Writing copy now feels effortless. After the sessions it just flowed out of me after years of writer’s block. Now I can really maximize my investment in a web designer because I have voice. I'm attracting more of the clients I want. There's a frequency people are feeling behind the words.
~ Laurie Buehler, MFT
“I wanted to found a company—a way to connect my inner longing to my work. To use this company as an opportunity to express myself. But I had this old understanding of marketing: just leave myself out and be oriented to the customer and whatever they want. Ryan helped me uncover and access my basic drive—my deeper purpose—and understand how to channel that into the framework of a company. Since my work with him I’m now following my inner guidance. I have my company, a website, seminar ideas, partners, and new clients. People are drawn to my vision when I speak. The intrinsic motivation to run a business is one of the most important things for an entrepreneur. It’s important to dedicate time to work these things out and set a new track—and make sure it’s a good track for you.”
~ Norbert Kern / Founder, Chapter 3
“Ryan helped me find my voice and what was unique to me. I learned that presenting my business is not about performance—it’s just about being me and talking about what I truly believe. Now there’s so much alignment between my brand and myself that it’s just easy to present and explain. I don’t have to work hard at it. My words just flow out naturally when I’m asked what I do.”
~ Isabelle Peyrichoux / Founder and Career Coach, Brilliant Seeds
Once we shifted our conversations with investors and potential clients to be around personal connection and a shared vision, we were able to develop a great partnership and get acquired by an organization that took our innovation under their wing.”
~ Tony Vassiliev / Co-Founder & CEO, Gauge Mobile, now part of Juicemobile
“I’ve never worked with such ease and authenticity before. I have taken bigger risks and discovered that my corporate clients were actually begging for what I wanted to offer people. I feel more clear, confident, and energized. I know where to go, what to do to connect with my audience, how to speak to them, and show them how working together might diminish their suffering.”
~ Annette Segal / Founder, The Valiant Group
“I got clarity on my message, let go of distractions that were not serving me, and was able to identify and articulate the unique value of my work… and have fun while doing all of that.”
~ Tara Sophia Mohr / Author, Speaker & Coach
“We were at a cross-roads; confused about the direction and message for our business, as well as how to work with each other. To make matters more interesting, Jeff and I are not just business partners, we’re also married. Soulful Brand listened, not only to our words, but what we were trying to say. Ryan's highly reflective and nurturing process provided us with clear questions that helped us clarify our business and what we were each needing from each other for an effective partnership. In addition, he helped us really figure out what our company is about, who we are there for and why. We’ve learned how important it is in this process to find yourself, what you stand for, and then be flexible with how that plays out.”
~ Jeff + Liz Spitzer / Co-founders, Expressive Connections
“In just two sessions, I was able to identify a target audience that I both understood and felt passionate about supporting. I gained clarity around the uniqueness of my brand identity and greater confidence as an entrepreneur—I now believe that I have what it takes to do this work.”
~ Kiran Gaind / Modern Parent Coach, The Connected Family
“I walked in feeling emotionally stuck around my coaching identity, what made me unique, and how to articulate it. I walked away with a deepening of my own understanding of who I am as a coach, what I’m offering, and a sense of freedom around where I’m at. In the end, I received a straight up assessment and clear recommendations on how to move forward and what to focus on.”
~ Michael P. Dolan / Principal Executive Coach, Truly Productive Leadership
“After working with Ryan, I feel much clearer and in tune with the vital parts of my brand. It feels like I carry it inside of me and no longer worry about trying to remember what to say. I can access the most important aspects of my brand during a conversation and talk about it boldly with a calm confidence. As a result, more of the people I really want to work with are contacting me and new clients are coming.”
~ Ken Kirby, Ph.D. / Principal, EVOTO Company
B. Executive Coaching
"I came into coaching wanting to have greater presence and strength as a leader, to express myself with confidence and intentionality in meetings with C-level execs, and to trust my inner wisdom and authentic leadership style.
Ryan’s coaching is like no other leadership coaching I’ve experienced. He draws out my own wisdom in a way that I feel more empowered as a leader and able to realize very clearly what actions I need to take for my team. Our work together has helped me to get promoted, become a stronger leader and advocate for my team, and gain the respect of a wider group of leaders within my organization. It has also spilled over into other parts of my life in a positive way. I feel more grounded, in touch with who I am, and able to make better decisions in the rest of my life. One of the unique aspects of Ryan’s work is the coaching we do combined with the short meditations in our calls. Incorporating both of them into our sessions has helped me to find my way to my own truth and access a deeper wisdom within myself. Additionally, this deeper understanding of myself has had a real practical impact on my team and our performance. I’ve been able to make decisions and express important truths to others in a way that is both authentic to myself and supportive of my team. One of the realizations I’ve gained over time in working with Ryan is that when I get in touch with my own truth and express that with confidence and compassion to others, it ripples out and supports people around me to do the same and to step into their own empowered leadership presence as well."
~ Anna Tchernina, Facebook Director Finance
"I have the pleasure of recommending Ryan as a Coach and Teacher. In the time that I’ve studied and been coached by Ryan, I find him able to embody a rare combination of gentle compassion with a powerful presence. When I am talking with Ryan, I know he is truly with me and he is fully present and available. Ryan knows how to use humor and lightness to put me at ease so that I can open up in a way that creates more space to be my authentic self and explore new possibilities. He knows how to listen and respond on many levels of awareness with an insight, question or suggestion that encourages me to change and see the world from a new angle. Ryan knows how to work with many different types of people and discovers an approach that works for them in a profound way. If you have the great opportunity to work with Ryan, you will thank your lucky stars that you were able to interact with such a wise and caring person.”
~ Steve Leibman – Human Resources Executive
“Ryan has been an invaluable guide in helping me navigate the business and personal challenges of the entrepreneurial path. His unique approach is both structured and organic and has allowed me to turn my ideas into a comprehensive vision with action steps that have and continue to bring my business to life. His insight, creativity and commitment to helping social entrepreneurs like myself make a difference and have made the process both energizing and inspiring.”
~ Cara Jones – CEO & Founder Storytellersforgood.com
“I highly recommend Ryan as a coach. Ryan is a good listener and is very objective and non-judgmental in his approach. He has helped me achieve clarity on my goals, especially in distilling down to the ones that matter and lead to a healthier and happier state of mind and body. He has also helped me develop tangible real life activities that help me break out of the loop that I sometimes get into, and really make positive progress on the things that matter.”
~ Entrepreneur, CEO of Mobile Software Company
“Ryan has been an invaluable mentor and coach. After working with him over several months, I now have a clearer direction in my professional life and more self-confidence to make decisions that are helping me to be more successful and happier overall. My life has taken a turn for the better and I would recommend Ryan to anyone.”
~ Marketing and Advertising Executive
C. Life Coaching
I was at a crossroads in my career and wasn’t sure what type of job to pursue next. I wanted to find something that was true to who I am now. Working with Ryan was less about traditional career advice and more about inner alignment and self-empowerment to support me in all aspects of my career. He helped me to regain my strength and confidence in myself and discover a leadership position that was most aligned with my unique path and gifts. Ryan brings mindfulness practices and resources into the mix that helped me to let go of any clutter and confusion in my mind about what I thought I should be doing and gain access to my inner wisdom to know what was truly right for me. He also helped me to get comfortable being fallible and to just be myself in the interview process, which brought me more peace throughout. The work with him has had a lasting impact on my current leadership role within my new company. I’m finding myself more attuned to the people I collaborate with and more intentional and focused in my job overall.
~ Manager/Leader in Tech Industry
I came to Ryan originally unenthusiastic about much of anything. The world of advertising didn’t seem to be a part of me anymore. The process of working with Ryan was so much more about taking things away and revealing how things can naturally flow in my life. There were all these ideas I thought I should be doing in a career that weren’t necessarily the best things for me to do. They naturally dissipated through the coaching process. The coaching with Ryan is a journey that moves beyond the mind and that drops you into a place of inner wisdom. I have permission now to go where the river is flowing. I feel more relaxed with my path and have such a huge amount of stress off my life. It was all mysteriously powerful.
~ Advertising Professional & Screenwriter
Ryan’s good natured, non-judgmental and trustworthy demeanor made it easy to open up and explore difficult personal truths. His wisdom, compassion, creativity and superb intelligence inspired many eye opening insights throughout the program. In a short four months of coaching, I successfully dealt with a large number of personal challenges, including work-related obstacles, a health crisis, relationship/family struggles, and more. I have Ryan to thank for my success and transformation.”
~ Journalist, Author, & Speaker
“I sought Ryan’s coaching during one of the most difficult periods of my life. My personal and work life were in transition and I knew where I wanted to be, but couldn’t manage to get myself there. With Ryan’s coaching and exercises I was able to find clarity on how to achieve happiness in the journey and process of life. The effects of transformation in my thinking and perception are still being revealed, even months after my sessions with Ryan. I highly recommend Ryan’s coaching service.”
~ Independent Designer
“I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with Ryan. He is a gifted and intuitive practitioner, and was able to guide me through a particularly dark period of my life. I have grown and flourished over the past six months and hope to continue working with Ryan for many years to come. I can’t recommend him highly enough.”
~ Writer and Business Owner
Ryan exemplifies all the qualities that one would look for in an exceptional coach: integrity, compassion, brilliance, wisdom and humility – a rare combination in any one person. Ryan is masterful at accurately assessing someone's way of being, within a short timeframe. And, he applies creativity and sensitivity when inviting them to consider new possibilities for their lives. The outcome of Ryan’s coaching is to enable his clients to experience profound shifts while simultaneously equipping them to be self-correcting and self-generating, both crucial indicators of successful integral coaching. Anyone who has the privilege of being coached by Ryan will be grateful they made the investment!
~ Deborah Rossouw / Professional Speaker and Coach
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