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Ravi Hutheesing            

Global Keynote Speaker | Empowering education and business leaders to build a future with millennials and beyond.

Ravi's journey as a rock star, aviator, entrepreneur, and cultural diplomat captivates audiences and offers unique insight into generational and cultural divides. Loaded with research relevant to your industry, he empowers education and business leaders to build a future with millennials and beyond.

Quick Facts

• Cultural diplomat, US Department of State • Musician, performed at the White House, Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live • Author, published by Simon & Schuster & multiple magazines • Pilot, "The Raviator" • Global education advocate • Grandnephew of India's first prime minister, Nehru

Biography: Musician to Pilot to Cultural Diplomat

Ravi Hutheesing (Rah-vee Hut-tee-sing) is an entrepreneur who has built his brand as a keynote speaker, writer, and musician. Having spent his life being a bridge between baby-boomers and millennials, his integrity-centric philosophies have influenced businesses, educators, and over a million people throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Additionally, the US Department of State engages Ravi as a Cultural Diplomat to create and execute programs around the world that promote cultural exchange and mutual understanding.

His worldwide visibility skyrocketed as the guitarist for triple Grammy nominee, Hanson, whose massive fan base of the earliest millennials made them the top-selling band in the world around the turn of the millennium. Ravi has performed on stages that include the White House, Madison Square Garden, Tonight Show, Good Morning America, and Saturday Night Live; authored Dancin' with Hanson published by Simon & Schuster and over a hundred articles for major magazines; and released interactive-video music courses, CDs of original music, and multiple singles on iTunes.

Also an aviator, The Raviator discovered that 50% of pilots play a musical instrument, yet the aviation industry was not using music to attract millennials and reverse the shrinking pilot population (millennials prioritize music). He created a niche market and brand within aviation, performing concerts at air shows, becoming the spokesman for companies targeting pilots, and developing a signature model folding guitar to fit in small airplanes.

As a cultural diplomat, Ravi went to Russia in 2015 and launched the first ever artist-entrepreneurship lecture series funded by the US government to share American ingenuity in the business of arts. In 2016, following the Paris terrorist attacks, he went to Indonesia—the world's largest Muslim population—and created the first ever songwriting camp funded by the US government to showcase how arts and entrepreneurship can bridge the most severe cultural and religious divides, and be an effective weapon against radicalism. These projects will expand globally in 2017.

Ravi is the first American born member of India's Nehru-Gandhi family who created and governed the world's largest democracy for over 40 years.

Speech Topics

You Can Do It

Ravi began with a "rock star" dream and never let go. As a teenager, he tackled every aspect of building a business, from acquiring guitar students and booking his band to building a recording studio in his basement and renting it to local artists. Even before college, he generated revenue and a reputation that ultimately landed him in the top-selling band in the world. As the industry shifts, he adapts and creates multiple streams of income—often from diverse industries—and incorporates social entrepreneurship into every for-profit endeavor.

Be inspired to live your dreams and turn your passion into your profession. Nurture your interests and talents, and discover actionable tools and a blueprint to success incorporating the creativity of an artist and commitment of a pilot.

Inspirational Themes • Dream: Life is about having the courage of your desires • Ambition: It's better to aim high and miss than aim low and succeed ("failure is your friend") • Professionalism: Don't chase success, pursue excellence and success will chase you • Commitment/Brand Development: Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought • Social-Entrepreneurship: Be the change you wish to see Raviator Guitar Practical Takeaways • Establish your vision with a commitment to success • Think like a pilot to recognize opportunities and overcome obstacles • Use the "power of 3" to identify and create your brand/niche • Develop a "pay it forward" mentality to attract sponsor support • Build a network and create strategic brand alliances

The Pilot Mindset

When Ravi enrolled in flight training, he found that the skills he was learning were also changing his life outside of the cockpit. The pilot mantra "Aviate, Navigate, Communicate" is the difference between life and death. Business and career survival in any industry requires the same leadership and commitment to success. Travel vicariously through all phases of flight and discover how to leverage skills and "situational awareness" into achievement. Embracing humanity's innate attraction to the magic of flight, the pilot mindset enables one to lead in the present, build for the future, and proudly fly the company colors.

• Establishing effective leadership • Creating a bulletproof plan of action • Assessing market conditions and anticipating changes • Working with physical checklists and mental flows • Developing "situational awareness" • Creating and implementing appropriate exit strategies

Millennial Mojo: How to bridge the generational gap through empathy

Millennials are the largest generation and soon-to-be most influential in the global economy. Rather than trying to analyze this elusive generation, education and business leaders must empathize with them.

Ravi's own journey is one of being a bridge between millennials and baby-boomers, and as a member of "Generation X," his vantage point is uniquely relevant. In this eye-opening and thought-provoking keynote, he reveals how the same core values pervade each generation, but only by recognizing modern expressions of those values does one become empowered to understand millennial psyche and positively influence their actions. He paints a picture of society's future based on their character traits, strengths and weaknesses, and global awareness; and offers an enlightening perspective on the challenges and opportunities your specific industry faces.

By bridging the gap between baby boomers and millennials, both generations can maintain their principals while finding common ground, learning from each other, and excelling together.

Takeaways include: • Minimizing "generational baggage" that perpetuates humanity's greatest challenges including racism, classism, and isolationism • Why millennials seem so entitled and how that can be positive for society and business • Their love for technology despite not being "tech-savvy," and how Artificial Intelligence will impact education and the workforce • Millennials' thirst for entrepreneurship, why they are so unprepared for it, and how to help them succeed • How they may reject their own education and the influence this has on how they will educate the next generation • Why millennial apathy and disaffection put society and business at risk, and how to guard against it

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