COFOUNDER / KNOWLEDGE LEAD
As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a masters degree in human development, Gianna and her team are responsible for kicking off various Courageous initiatives. Gianna brings an assortment of sophisticated, science-based assessment tools and analytics to our programs for the purposes of providing detailed insight and driving impact while instilling courage in leaders, teams and overall corporate performance.
For over a decade and a half, Gianna has advised executives and teams on the importance of understanding human behavior in order to elevate culture, wellbeing and the bottom line. She has made a career out of her passion for leaving things better than she found them, turning around unproductive work environments and inspiring new cultures in the healthcare, government, education, research and non-profit industries.
Gianna also holds a certificate in social entrepreneurship from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and is proud to be a part of the scientific, social impact and purpose-driven leadership communities delivering meaningful work on a regular basis.
COFOUNDER / FAITH LEAD
Ryan has inspired or worked with some of the largest companies in the world including Google, Snapchat, charity: water, Major League Baseball, General Mills, PUMA, Subway and US Ski & Snowboard.
He is a seasoned entrepreneur and story maker who has spent the last decade and a half running and growing his own creative businesses. In 2019 he “fired himself” from his last agency to start Courageous.
In tandem, he published his now best-selling book ‘Return on Courage: a Business Playbook For Change’ which has been covered in Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Inc and Forbes. The process unveiled in the book is at the center of all programs brought forward by Courageous.
Ryan believes in these courage deficient times, courage is a competitive advantage waiting to be unlocked. He also has his own “Courage Brand” called Sock Problems: an altruistic sock company that socks different problems in the world.
COFOUNDER / ACTION LEAD
Rhett is responsible for helping corporate leadership take the actions needed to drive impact and courage in their teams that will improve organizational performance.
Rhett has a track record as an entrepreneur and understands the ins and outs of inspiring teams and running meaningful business. He co-founded Wild Creations in 2007 and quickly built the startup toy company into Inc. Magazine's 500 Fastest-Growing US Companies. He was a finalist for Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2011 and was nominated again in 2012. After a successful exit from the toy company, Rhett was named the best Small Business Coach in the United States. In 2019 he joined the prestigious Marshall Goldsmith's 100 Coaches and was named the #1 Thought Leader on Entrepreneurship by Thinkers360. He is a Fellow at The Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate.
Rhett is an acclaimed author, leader, entrepreneur and regular contributor to Inc. Magazine, Forbes, and Thrive Global. He travels the globe speaking about entrepreneurship and management alongside the likes of former Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and AOL Founder Steve Case. He has been featured in the Huffington Post, Business Insider, The Hill, Time, The Wall Street Journal and CNN Money. He developed a love of teaching and service to others in the US Peace Corps and truly enjoys helping others take courageous action to accomplish their dreams.