Rev. Ryan G. Polly, PhD is a recognized thought leader, educator and author with over 20 years professional experience in organizational and leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and college-level teaching.
Personal triumphs in the face of adversity have provided Ryan with unique insight into the complexity of the human experience. It is these experiences that Ryan draws upon to inspire people to move through challenges and achieve genuine transformation. Modeling vulnerability and perpetual growth, he connects with participants by sharing stories of failure, resilience, and victory. Ryan’s contagious passion for positive transformation leaves people feeling empowered to employ tools and techniques in their personal and professional lives for lasting impact.
In addition to serving as the Director of the Emergence Leadership Academy, Ryan also serves as the Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.
Ryan is an ordained Interfaith/Interspirtual minister. He holds a Ph.D. in Transformative Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Adult Education. He has numerous certifications relating to leadership and organizational development. He has been recognized for his leadership contributions with a “Rising Star” award (2018 Vermont Business Magazine), and a Champion in Workplace Learning & Organizational Development award (Vermont Association for Talent Development, 2015). In addition, he developed a globally award winning leadership development program called Compass. (2017, HR.Com).