Dr. Ryan A. Starzyk (he/him/his) is a US military combat veteran, past candidate for public office, business services consultant to large organizations, and social impact entrepreneur. He is the owner and founder of BlueFire Group, a social purpose business promoting a radical transformation from strict profit motives to community-focused local economic development as a means to create a more sustainable and equitable future. He is also an Executive Advisor at The World’s Best Connectors and Founder of Progressive Nation. Dr. Starzyk is a proud lifetime member of the LGBTQIA+ community advocating for increased access to mental health services, banning conversion therapy, and equity in healthcare. For over five years, he’s served on the board of directors for his local Pride organization awarding over $1 million in community grants and scholarships. Dr. Starzyk believes it is his moral duty to fight for racial equity worldwide and will always stand in solidarity with our communities of color.