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  Rebecca Ryan  
Next Generation Consulting

Rebecca Ryan is a human spark plug. Part futurist, part economist, and always engaging, Rebecca is one of America's most influential thought leaders, helping cities and companies think around the corner to what's next.
Ms. Ryan is the author of ReGENERATION: A Manifesto for America's Future Leaders(2013) and Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Head of the Next Generation
(2007). As founder and co-owner of Next Generation Consulting, Ms. Ryan leads the team that best-selling author Richard Florida calls, “One of the most reliable sources for leaders who want to attract and retain the next generation of creative workers.
Ms. Ryan is the Resident Futurist at the
Alliance for Innovation and a Senior Fellow at
CEOs for Cities. She serves on the board of the World Academy for Entrepreneurship & Enterprise (WAE2)
and has also been named:
Top 100 Most Influential People,
Accounting Today
Communicator of the Year, Women in Communication
Woman of Influence,
Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee
Entrepreneur of the Year, U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Ms. Ryan lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her wife and dogs. In the early 1990's, she played professional basketball in Budapest, Hungary. She loves local microbreweries, slow food, and slow money. Her current passion project is LION Investing.
Bachelors of Arts in Economics, Drake University
Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Drake University
Közgazdaságtudományi Kar, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
Institut fur European Studieren, Freiburg, Germany
Fun Trivia
Rebecca’s favorite coffee mug says, “Well behaved women seldom make history.”