Guy Ryan

Young New Zealander of the Year, CEO & Founder of Inspiring Stories

Guy Ryan

Young New Zealander of the Year, CEO & Founder of Inspiring Stories

Biography

Guy is the CEO and Founder of Inspiring Stories, the social enterprise building a movement of young New Zealanders to change the world. Guy and the team have built an impressive track record of programmes and partnerships, and supported more than 6,000 Kiwis to unleash their potential.

Guy was awarded Young New Zealander of the Year in 2015, and has spoken internationally and at home to more than 20,000 people.

Guy set up all of the core programmes at Inspiring Stories, which include Festival for the Future, the Live the Dream programme developing New Zealand’s young social entrepreneurs develop their ventures, Future Leaders – backing young people in rural and provincial communities to make a difference in their backyard, and the national film competition Making a Difference.

We live in a world with urgent and complex problems that need solving. We know that Kiwis can achieve remarkable things, and backing young New Zealanders is one of the most important things we can be doing at this time.

As well as core programmes, Guy and the team are now developing three new commercial ventures to help increase the financial resilience of the organisation, with 100% of profits helping to support and expand its support for young New Zealanders. These ventures include the speaker bureau representing NZ’s top young talent – Inspiring Speakers; the recruitment agency – Millennials – connecting NZ’s purpose-driven businesses with top young talent; and the creative agency Inner Creative.

 

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