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.
“It is an honor and privilege to be invited as a Champion for Pride 365. The vital work of promoting inclusion and equity continues even in those places we have made significant progress.
Our work is far from over. With this new distinction, I will continue to elevate the critical issues facing our community, hold businesses, governments, elected leaders, and individuals accountable while fostering an environment that encourages open and honest dialogue.
By sharing our stories, being inclusive, and embracing our differences, the world as we know it can become a place where the impossible is possible.”