Ryan Shortill

Positive Adventures
Work Phone: 603-512-3397 Website: Positive Adventures
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Biographical Info

Ryan Shortill breaks through the humdrum of the traditional.

Passionate about helping communities, organizations, teams, and individuals realize their productive power and capabilities, Ryan uses insightful, purpose-driven techniques delivered in a unique way.

  • Works with executives all over the world
  • International Speakers
  • Works with thousands each year
  • Proven record of shortening the learning curve
  • 2016 Social Entrepreneur from Entrepreneur Organization San Diego (EOSD)
  • 2014 & 2013 San Diego Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO Finalist
  • Voted 2013 Community Leader of the Year by Meeting Professional Intl-San Diego (SDMPI)
  • Named 2013 40 under 40 winner from San Diego
  • 2013 Most Innovative Product or Service from the San Diego Chamber of Commerce
  • Voted 2011 Presenter of the Year by Meeting Professionals Intl-San Diego (SDMPI)

Ryan has taught a variety of curriculum to every level of academia as well as large organizations and senior management teams and is accustomed to speaking to a variety of audiences. He is an accomplished corporate trainer and facilitator getting tangible results. Also, an avid traveler, his global journeys include six continents, 52 countries, all 50 states, and summiting some of the world’s highest peaks.

Ryan holds a B.S. degree in Kinesiology: Outdoor/ Experiential Education from the University of New Hampshire. He is one of the driving forces behind the Positive Adventures team in its quest to make a positive impact in the local community that will spill over into the world at large.


  • Leadership as Part of a Business Strategy
  • Mastering the Art of Public Speaking
  • Closing with Confidence
  • Using Humor to Enhance Your Brand
  • Corporate Responsibility
  • Team Building
  • Building and Maintaining High Performing Teams
  • Community Service and Volunteering
  • Entrepreneurship

Past Engagements

  • 24 Hour Fitness
  • Abbott Pharmaceuticals
  • ADP
  • Amigo Baby
  • BioMed Realty
  • Blue Sky Broadcast
  • Cacy Electric
  • Caterpillar
  • Clear-Com
  • DeLoitte
  • EDF Energy
  • EO, San Diego Chapter
  • Experian
  • Fifth-Third Bank
  • H.J. Heinz
  • Halozyme
  • Hewlett Packard (HP)
  • Hortonworks
  • Humana
  • Illumina
  • Jack in the Box
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • KCPR Radio
  • Medtronic
  • Metro Connections
  • Muse Dance Company
  • Oceanhouse Media
  • Oliver Peoples
  • Pacific McGeorge School of Law
  • Peniche and Associates
  • Qualcomm
  • Rady Children’s Hospital
  • ResMed
  • Ruiz Foods
  • Sambreel
  • Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza
  • San Diego Pest Control
  • Service Innovation
  • Sony Entertainment Network
  • Southern California Public Radio
  • Thales Avionics
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Unum
  • Chadwick School
  • Clark Middle School
  • Del Lago Academy
  • Einstein Elementary School
  • Floaties Swim School
  • Francis Parker School
  • Health Sciences High and Middle College
  • Idyllwild School
  • Old Town Academy
  • Pacific Academy
  • Pilgrim School
  • Polytechnic School
  • San Diego Unified School District
  • SAY San Diego
  • Schutz American School
  • Sierra Canyon School
  • St. Margaret’s School
  • The Drew School
  • The Rhoades School
  • Vista Unified School District
  • Vistamar School
  • Whitman Elementary School

Speaker Video


“The true measure of team building effectiveness comes over time but you can tell when the seeds of a great program have been planted by the number of references to key lessons that sprout up as time passes…It wasn’t till the next day and the following week that people began citing ‘Ryanisms’ (from the program) that I knew the effect would be lasting.”
~Shannon Matwiyoff, Abbott Pharmaceuticals

Categories: Adventure, Communication, Innovation
Updated 3 months ago.
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