Ryan Soares, M.S., is a Senior Associate with Action Learning Associates (ALA). He brings over 15 years experience working with a variety of organizations to design and implement developmental programs focused around leadership, communication, trust and problem solving. His area of expertise is creating and utilizing unconventional settings to facilitate opportunities for useful and meaningful change.
Ryan also serves as the Director of a challenge course for a large California State University. There he had designed and delivered experiential based programs to over 120 corporate groups, professional and non-professional sports teams, MBA programs, and community organizations for over 10 years.
Before working full-time with Action Learning, Ryan functioned as a lecturer within the Recreation Administration Department and taught facilitation methods, finance, research, and adventure based, experiential and leadership programming courses. His research has focused on the role risk plays in cohesion and teamwork.
Prior to working at the university, Ryan spent over seven years climbing the corporate ladder for a large national bank. His innovative leadership led several teams to be top ranked in California and the nation. This success was fueled by his ability to take average teams and lead them to success.
Recently, Ryan has worked in both the U.S and in Europe with executives and professionals from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Unum, Bechtel, ESPN, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, IBEAR at USC, Medtronics, ExxonMobil, Schneider Electric, Goodyear, Purina, and AT&T
Ryan is an avid adventurer. He enjoys hang-gliding, whitewater kayaking, mountaineering, telemark skiing and anything else that takes him outside. It is these experiences that help provide him telling metaphors when facilitating programs.
Ryan resides in California, between Yosemite and Kings Canyon National Parks with this wife, son, daughter, and two dogs. His family often joins him on his adventures.