Ron Duren, Jr is a Professor of Leadership and Management at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is a certified business coach and trainer, specializing in Leadership development. Adding to his diverse background, he is an aviation enthusiast, Ironman triathlete, competition aerobatic pilot, motivational speaker and author. He spent five grueling years building an award winning aerobatic airplane, was the test pilot for its maiden voyage, and now flies it all over the United States.
He calls Denver, Colorado, at the foot of the majestic Rockies, his home base. Along with his trusty Husky, Laika, he enjoys the Rocky Mountains as his backyard playground. In a former life, he was a semi-professional baseball player and a rodeo bull rider. As you can imagine, this brings a unique perspective to his Leadership views regarding high pressure situations.
His vision is to be a game-changer in Leadership development. Simply put, he is the "warrior in the garden" who plants the seeds that grow Leaders. Ron ignites passion in others to be their best self and make a difference in our communities. His legacy is creating a ripple of positive change in the world by unlocking the potential of others.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's degree in Engineering Management, both from the beautiful campus of the University of Colorado. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP), a graduate of Seth Godin's altMBA program, along with Robin Sharma's Personal Mastery Academy. He is an ardent student of Stoicism and utilizes it as his personal philosophy of life and pursuit of Arete (excellence).