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Rebecca Ryan

Roshi, Board Chair, Zen and ZL Instructor

Rebecca Yakumei Ryan is Board chair of the Institute for Zen Leadership and a ZL instructor focusing on social change. Ryan began Zen training with Whitelaw Roshi in 2004 and was ordained in 2019, and received inka from Whitelaw Roshi in 2021. Ryan is a futurist, economist, and strategists serving local and state governments, and economic and community development organizations. Her company, NEXT Generation Consulting invented Futures Labs and Futurist Camp. She is the author of numerous books and papers and has held residencies at the Alliance for Innovation, CEOs for Cities, the Association of Government Risk Pools (AGRiP), the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, and the Local Government Institute. She has been named: Top 50 Futurists by Ross Dawson, Top 100 Most Influential People by Accounting Today, Communicator of the Year by Women in Communication, and Entrepreneur of the Year by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She drinks coffee from a mug that says, “Well behaved women rarely make history.”