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Growing up – Lessons Learned in Scaling, Building an Advisory Board, and Entering the Board Room like a Pro with Ryan Patel

For many looking from the outside in, scaling 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 for all types of entrepreneurs. Ryan Patel will provide different strategies in scaling, building an advisory board you can trust, and will illustrate key principles to follow by providing stories and examples of successful brands.

Patel offers a unique and rare glimpse to audiences in balancing the need to grow while protecting the brand, and keeping your trusted advisors in lock-step with you. From lessons learned to shared values, global expansion you will leave this session with tactical steps to grow up.

You will learn how to:

  • Create a clear strategy with entrepreneurial spirit
  • Understand the current landscape – cautiously but aggressively
  • Find & Empower your Advisory Board and use influence


Ryan Patel

Ryan Patel is a world-renowned go-to authority on global business, political economy and corporate governance. An expert in scaling businesses, he has worked for startups to public traded companies; his deep knowledge in strategic global market development, concept scalability, digital transformation, global trade, consumer-driven marketing has made him a thought leader in the global business realm. He is a frequent TV contributor, Board Director and Senior Fellow with the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

Patel is a strong believer in giving back to the community and paying it forward. He currently serves on several advisory boards ranging from social responsibility to technology that has included Mastercard, American Red Cross LA, and Drucker School of Management. His passion for combining social good and business has led him to discuss relevant and real-world situations which are accessible to both students and professionals alike. He is also a trainer at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center. In 2015, he was awarded “Executive of the Year” by the Los Angeles Business Journal and received Special United States Congressional Recognition for outstanding services to the community. In 2017, Inc. listed him as one of nine executives and innovators who serve as an inspiration for how all businesses can make a difference. He also received the 2018 “Connect” Award for Business Leader of the Year and the 2020 recipient of the prestigious NAAAP 100 award.

Ryan is a multigenerational communicator who is able to break down complex global business issues in a digestible way. He is a contributor at CNN, BBC, Fox Business, The Hill, Yahoo Finance, CGTN and has been also featured in New York Times, Forbes, Entrepreneur, WWD, Nasdaq, Inc, TD Ameritrade and more. He is an advisory board member of the Mastercard Innovation Collective and a part of “The Collective” at the Washington Post BrandStudio. He accompanies his literary talents with both domestic and international keynote appearances at company meetings and universities such as Salesforce, Mastercard, Hewlett-Packard, LEGO, Money 20/20, World Government Summit, Edison International, Nasdaq, Economic Times, FIS, London School of Economics, Wharton School of Business and more.

Patel’s experience includes growing a young company into a global leader, Pinkberry, which enticed him to become the Vice President of Global Development. During his tenure, the company had gone from less than 95 locations to over 270 stores in 23 countries (North America, Europe, MENA, Asia and Latin America), making it one of the fastest-growing retail brands at the time. Patel’s unique and inherent knowledge of the ever-changing nature of trends and how it impacts business 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 such as Wet Seal Retail, Inc. (Arden B and Wet Seal), Jamba Juice, BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. and Panda Restaurant Group Inc. (Panda Express).

He received his Bachelors from the University of California, Berkeley, and received his MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. He most recently received his Corporate Governance and Board of Directors Certification from the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management Executive Program. Visit ryanpatelspeaks.com/about and follow him on Linkedin, Twitter, and Instagram @RyanPatelGlobal for more.

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