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Ryan Campbell  

World Record-Breaking Pilot, Author, Plane Crash Survivor, Incomplete Paraplegic, Commercial Helicopter Pilot & Renowned Speaker on Mindset

When it comes to compressing the most amount of experience into a short life thus far, Ryan Campbell is the young man to talk to. Born and raised in an Australian coastal town, Ryan discovered his passion at a very young age --- flight.

Aviation would be the dominant fixture in the young Australian’s life, providing some amazing but also traumatic, life-altering experiences.

As a 14-year-old fixated on becoming a pilot, Ryan took on a number of after school jobs to finance his flying lessons. Shortly thereafter, he went on to achieve his first prominent goal in life as he flew an airplane solo for the first time on his 15th birthday.

The passionately determined young man soon found himself researching a goal so lofty it had never been accomplished before---to fly a single-engine airplane solo around the world as a teenager.

The next two years of Ryan’s life would prove to be transformative. He was forced to grow up at a young age as he personally fundraised $250,000, trained, and planned for a world circumnavigation. Ryan made international headlines as he flew his way around the globe, including a feature story on 60 Minutes, countless television appearances, radio, and print interviews. The world watched this young man chase his dreams. It was an expedition for the history books.

Ryan’s life blossomed as he was named one of Australia’s 50 Great Explorers, the 2013 Australian Geographic Young Adventurer of the Year, and finalist for Young Australian of the Year. Life after the world flight was all about awards, sharing his story through speaking engagements, and writing a book to be imminently published titled, ‘Born to Fly.’ The young kid from a normal, Aussie family even met The Royals. Life was quite good. 5 In an instant, Ryan’s life changed following a very serious light plane crash in 2015. He survived against all odds and was admitted to a spinal rehabilitation ward as a complete paraplegic with no movement from his waist down.

With a further five breaks in his back and broken bones ranging from his face to his feet, Ryan needed to tap into everything he learned during his global expedition and more. The biggest undertaking of his young life was just beginning.

Ryan is a master of adversity and ardent believer that life is won and lost above the shoulders---your mind can be either your most powerful asset or the determinant of your failure. He proved his mental fortitude by making history as a record-breaking pilot but demonstrated his mastery by learning to walk again and fighting his way back into the sky.

A world record-breaking pilot. An author. A plane crash survivor. An incomplete paraplegic. A commercial helicopter pilot. Few people have encountered the extreme, polar opposites of success and tragedy that Ryan has, let alone by the age of 25. This gamut of human experience has created the perfect platform to share his approach of leveraging adversity to fuel success and gather tools with which to fill your mindset toolbox.

Now based in Nashville, Tennessee, Ryan is equipped and eager to transform your organization with a unique, unpredictable, and uplifting keynote. Ryan is on a mission to make your organization soar!

Speech Topics


Overcome Adversity- Navigate Change - Build a Better Future

Success is found in one’s ability to swiftly and effectively overcome adversity and navigate change. Individuals and organizations are constantly struggling to find the right tools to work through daily challenges and recover when crisis strikes.

In this session, Ryan Campbell uses Aussie storytelling to deliver the experience earned tools, mindsets and strategies to not only navigate today, but build a better future.

Your audience will learn how to -

  • Navigate change quickly and confidently using the proven 3-Step Checklist
  • Use adversity as a fuel for building resilient individuals and teams
  • Find confidence in your ability to overcome all change and challenge through filling your Mindset Toolbox
  • Use change, challenge, crisis and adversity as fuel for building a better future

Propel your next audience to challenge limits, defy old belief systems, and skyrocket their results in empowering and engaging new ways. Invite world-renowned speaker, author, adventurer Ryan Campbell to your next event!

Your Healthy and Positive Mindset Allows You to Change the World, One Patient at a Time - Sincerely, A Patient

World record-breaking pilot and plane crash survivor Ryan Campbell understands the power of the healthcare industry from a unique perspective - that of the spinal cord injury recovery ward.

Five breaks in his back, a fractured orbital, a shattered ankle, and a complete spinal cord injury at L1 left Ryan in hospital for six months as he began his journey back to walking and flying again. One of the largest contributors to Ryan’s recovery was the empowering healthcare environment, and he is now on a new mission to help those healthcare industry members who are struggling through their own change and adversity journeys.

The global healthcare system is experiencing immense challenges as a direct result of the pandemic. Always a high pressure and ever-changing world, COVID-19 is placing new and unexpected demands on day to day operations, leading to constantly evolving operational processes, high-stress workplace environments, paralyzing workloads, and healthcare workers who are now in need of their own care.

Immense fatigue, both mental and physical, is a threat to the core workforce of the healthcare industry. The negative effects from poor mental health in the workplace are extensive, and a threat in and of themselves.

The remedy? A strong yet simple foundational approach to ensure all healthcare industry personnel have the tools they need to succeed both personally and professionally.

Through virtual or in-person, Ryan’s dedicated healthcare industry sessions will not only provide a much-needed morale boost but will ensure the front-line workers and industry professionals are being provided with the tools, tactics, and mindsets to combat the change, challenge, crisis, and adversity that they are currently facing.

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