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Ryan Cambell, keynote speaker

Ryan Campbell

    • Youngest Solo Pilot to Circumnavigate the Globe
    • One of Australia's 50 Great Explorers
    • Plane Crash Survivor
    • Incomplete Paraplegic
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Ryan Campbell Top Resilience What's Your Pink Cadillac? Keynote Speaker

Ryan Campbell Top Resilience What's Your Pink Cadillac? Keynote Speaker

Meet Ryan Campbell - From World Record Breaking Pilot to Paraplegic Plane Crash Survivor

Meet Ryan Campbell - From World Record Breaking Pilot to Paraplegic Plane Crash Survivor

Ryan Campbell Speaker Biography

Born and raised in an Australian coastal town, Ryan Campbell 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 in a rented airplane, 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. In an instant, Ryan’s life changed following a very seriously 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 an 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.

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!

What’s Your Pink Cadillac? The Unconventional Road to Becoming #TurbulenceTough

How do you bounce back better? Not just from a bad day or tough quarter but life’s most challenging moments.

Ryan Campbell is a firm believer in resilience - the bedrock foundation for a life of success, happiness, adventure, and endless professional growth.
Finding that perfect team meeting speaker or opening or closing keynote can be tough. Ryan Campbell is a leading motivational speaker, starting the conversations that matter through a laid-back, unforgettable, emotional, unpredictable, and transformational keynote experience.

At just 19, Ryan became the youngest person and first teenager to fly solo around the world - 24,000 nautical miles, 35 stops, and 15 countries. A Guinness World Record breaking adventure that led to the title of one of Australia’s 50 Greatest Explorers.

At 20, Ryan became an author with the release of Born to Fly, the bestselling story of a teenager’s global expedition.

At 21, Ryan was diagnosed a paraplegic following a serious plane crash.

Ryan endured 6 months in a hospital spinal rehabilitation ward. What followed was a year and a half long journey of recovery back to not only his feet but the air.

A journey to becoming TurbulenceTough, from adventure to adversity, and the greatest lesson of all.

Now based in the US, Ryan is the guy behind 'What's Your Pink Cadillac?, a leading keynote speaker helping others discover the unexpected, unconventional road to a culture of joy and resilience.

Key takeaways include

- Understand the role of resilience and the path to mastering this learned and constantly refined skill

- Take One Step, the approach to not just achieving but overcoming. The importance of understanding the big picture yet focusing solely on the controllable.

- Slow Down, the importance of slowing down in turbulence. Utilizing turbulence as a teacher by dedicating time and space to analyze, extract and store. Finding a way to take an easily forgettable moment, extract the lessons, and place them in an unforgettable drawer.

- Step Back, the importance of utilizing joy to build a culture of resilience. Stepping back, prioritizing the things that make you smile like a kid in order to show up better in all areas of your life. Asking the critical question, What's Your Pink Cadillac?

Becoming #TurbulenceTough: Your ticket to overcoming adversity, navigating change, and building a better future.
We all face turbulence, but the secret to smoother air lies in one’s willingness to fill their Mindset Toolbox with the tools used to divert around bad weather and overcome change, challenge, crisis, and adversity. Organizations are constantly struggling to find the right tools they need to not only overcome and re-invent but ride out the roughest bumps. 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:

  • Adopt a #TurbulenceTough mindset for life
  • 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 a propellant for building a better future



In today's fast-paced, ever-evolving corporate environment there has never been a more important time to focus on work-life balance. One of the most common forms of turbulence is burnout.

Through an unnecessary and somewhat irresponsible purchase, a 2.5-tonne Pink Cadillac, Ryan discovered the power and fulfillment in the things that make you smile like a kid. Ryan now brings the ‘What’s Your Pink Cadillac?’ message to audiences around the world and the response has been incredible.

Let’s step back from the desk to discover your Pink Cadillac and show up better in all areas of your professional life!

In this session, attendees will learn how to -

  • Understand the implications of work-life ‘imbalance’
  • Find the one thing that makes them ‘smile like a kid’
  • Find, drive, and share their own ‘Pink Cadillac’
  • Laugh! And learn things about their co-workers that they never knew


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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