Ryan Hawk is a keynote speaker, author, advisor, and the host of The Learning Leader Show, a podcast with millions of listeners in more than 150 countries.  He is the author of Welcome To Management: How To Grow From Top Performer To Excellent Leader  (McGraw-Hill, January 28, 2020).

A lifelong student of leadership, he rose to roles as a professional quarterback and VP of Sales at a multibillion-dollar company. Currently, as head of Brixey & Meyer’s leadership advisory practice, Ryan speaks regularly at Fortune 500 companies, works with teams and players in the NFL, NBA, and NCAA, and facilitates “Leadership Circles” that offers structured guidance and collaborative feedback to new and experienced leaders.

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Ryan has delivered hundreds of keynote speeches all over the world. He’s worked with Fortune 500 companies, conference organizers, and leaders in the academic world. He has a passion for speaking on stage and immediately impacting the actions of each attendee.


“Ryan Hawk is a master of dualities: He’s a great leader, but also a ferocious learner. He’s an accomplished athlete, but he’s also excelled in the business world. He’s eminently interesting, but he’s also genuinely interested. Ryan has uncovered the secrets of what the best leaders do and how they think. If you are a new manager transitioning from player to coach, do yourself and your team a favor and read this book. Welcome to Management will teach you to lead like the pros and build a team that wins together.”

Liz Wiseman, New York Times bestselling author of Multipliers and Rookie Smarts

“Every new manager makes mistakes. But you might make fewer of them if you follow the practical advice that Ryan Hawk has spent years collecting.”

Adam Grant, Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take, and host of the TED podcast WorkLife

“A thorough, well-researched, and highly practical manual for new managers. When you promote someone, first congratulate them, and then immediately hand them a copy of this book.”

Todd Henry, author of Herding Tigers

“Welcome to Management is the ultimate all-in-one guide to becoming a great leader—from developing the right skills, to building and managing teams, to coaching your employees. Whether you’re a novice in a brand-new leadership role or a veteran looking to get better, this wise book is for you.”

Daniel Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of When, Drive, and To Sell Is Human

“Ryan Hawk’s work provides nuanced and articulate insights into the best way to begin developing a plan for bringing to light how we should lead—and it starts with reexamining ourselves.”

General Stanley McChrystal, New York Times bestselling author of Team of Teams

“Being a member of the Learning Leader Circle (LLC) has enhanced and accelerated my leadership growth both professionally and in my personal life. Ryan and the rest of the LLC members support my curiosity, challenge me to expand my knowledge base, and push me toward continued growth and excellence in all my endeavors. Those whom I lead as well as those who have placed me in leadership have taken notice and have expressed their recognition of this growth. Personally, the results are showing with increased speaking and teaching opportunities, encouragement to take on higher levels of leadership, and have been instrumental in preparing me for a promotion. I often refer to my Learning Learner Circle as my Mastery Group.

Derek Williams, Pediatric Cardiologist, Wake Forest Baptist Health

“Ryan was the first person I reached out to when my company needed a speaker for an event. We were lucky enough to book him for an event that brought the sales teams from several of the companies under our umbrella together and he killed it.”

“I still have people quoting Ryan about “saying yes to the uncomfortable” over a year after he spoke.”

Joseph Neikirk, Site Manager

“The knowledge and guidance I have gained from and contributed to our Circle far surpasses that which I would have gained from an individual mentor. Further, the relationships formed in just under a year within our Circle would have easily taken me 7-10 years to form on my own. This time-savings alone—that I am currently surrounded by 11 like-minded mentors and friends, as opposed to 7-10 years from now—has been well worth the investment for me.”

Kylie Sobota, Director of Business Processes, United Wheels Company Ltd.

“Elevating my network and learning from other high achievers has helped me build better relationships in and outside of the workplace. In the last year, I can attribute lessons from the group to helping me achieve greater than 50% growth in my business. Further the group dynamic helped me facilitate better discussions and focus at home, enabling me to be more present and making me (I hope) a better Husband, Father, Sibling and Friend.”

Matt Kaminsky, Major Accounts District Manager, ADP

“As a transitioning military leader, the Learning Leader Circle has been tremendously valuable by connecting me to an incredible group of like-minded civilian professionals from a range of industries and points in their career…. It allowed me to absorb lessons about corporate culture, leading outside of the military, and solutions to challenges I’m likely to face in my next career. I feel significantly better prepared, not only for networking and interviewing, but to hit the ground running and add value quickly in my next career opportunity.”

Neil Anderson, Major Accounts District Manager, ADP

“I’ve been coming to this conference for 25 years.
That was easily the best keynote I’ve seen in all of these years.”

Mike Erdmann, CEO at Home Builders Association of Marion & Polk Counties

“Ryan Hawk’s Leadership Academy was a valuable experience from which I continue to use lessons in improving my everyday leadership. I have significant leadership experience leading large groups of individuals through complex and at times dangerous operations for the last 16 years. This is one of my most memorable and useful leadership development experiences which continues to positively impact my everyday leadership. His exercises are designed to get you to think more deeply about your leadership than ever before!”

Marietta Sanders, Lt Col, United States Air Force

“Ryan Hawk is that rarest kind of people – a truly curious soul who asks questions that drill down into the heart of the matter, leave space for contemplation, and gently urge his subjects to look inside for answers they might not yet have discovered themselves.”

Robert Kurson, New York Times Bestselling Author of Shadow Divers

“Working with Ryan Hawk has been a game changer! Before working with Ryan, I had the desire to improve but I just didn’t know where to focus my efforts. His outside perspective, previous experience, and probing helped me define what was important. Then we focused on the top priorities to increase my productivity and efficiency. After one year with Ryan my sales went from average to the highest in the history of the firm by a very wide margin. When you work with Ryan be prepared to radically shift your mindset to what is possible.”

Lee Kerfoot, Hotel Real Estate Broker



Under the mentorship of great coaches, I first learned the value of preparation, practice, resiliency, and study as a quarterback for Centerville (OH) High School.


For two years at Miami University, OH, I battled head-to-head for the starting quarterback job against future 1st round pick and likely Hall of Famer, Ben Roethlisberger. After ultimately losing out, I learned a lesson that still defines me today: Sometimes you can do everything within your power, and it simply isn't good enough. How you choose to handle that adversity is what matters most.


After transferring, I spent my last two years of college as the starting quarterback for Ohio University. During my Bobcat career, the struggles of losing games weighed heavily. Through the experience, I learned the responsibility of leadership to persevere in the face of adversity and to continue to prepare to be excellent even when the results don't follow as hoped.


After playing a few seasons professionally in the Arena Football League, I entered the business world as an entry-level telephonic sales executive for LexisNexis. By applying the lessons learned of disciplined preparation, spirited competition, and overcoming adversity, I made my mark in sales earning multiple Circle of Excellence awards. Promotions to Sales Manager and Segment Director followed. I ultimately served as Vice President of North American Sales for Elsevier, a division of RELX (and sister company of LexisNexis).


Professionally restless for a new learning opportunity, I found myself sharing a dinner table with Todd Wagner, business partner of Mark Cuban, in the fall of 2014.

As I heard the story of how Todd and Mark built and sold it to Yahoo! (for $5.7B), I wish I had recorded the conversation for later learning. That's when the idea for starting a podcast was born. With a podcast, I would have a reason for other excellent leaders to want to have conversations with me, and those recorded learnings could be shared with others as well.

I recorded my first conversation of The Learning Leader Show that November.


Once again a new idea was born out of sharing a meal with an incredible business leader.

This time, the business leader was Doug Meyer, founder and Managing Director of Brixey & Meyer, and the idea was far more radical: leave my job as a VP of Sales for a multinational corporation, join Brixey & Meyer, lead its new Leadership Advisory practice, and make The Learning Leader Show my full-time job.

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