Upcoming Speaking Engagements

With over 15 years of professional experience, Ryan is a supreme choice when looking for LGBT speakers.

To the right, is a list of upcoming public speaking engagements for Ryan Sallans. If you are interested in booking Ryan, transgender speaker, health educator, and professional trainer for one of your events, please email him.

Ryan Sallans
  • “Our primary goal in the grant project was to help our campus become more trans-inclusive. We were looking for a warm, authentic and knowledgeable person to help campus administrators, faculty and staff create a welcoming and inclusive community. Ryan did all of that and more! By meeting with trans and gender nonconforming students the evening prior to the training and learning their concerns, he was able to make the session relevant and real for our own campus.”

    Kaitlin Legg
    Assistant Director, UNF LGBT Resource Center
  • “Ryan presented at our conference for therapists on what clinicians should know about transgender issues.  He was warm, funny, engaging and articulate.  The audience asked many questions and there was not a single question he was unable to answer.  His speaking evaluations were excellent. I highly recommend Ryan as a speaker.”

    Stefanie Carnes, PhD
    LMFT, CSAT-S, President, IITAP, LLC
  • “If you’re looking for a speaker who can address the subtleties and nuances of sex, gender, gender identity, and gender expression without confusing beginners or offending more knowledgeable audience members, I highly recommend Ryan Sallans for your next program.”

    Maure L. Smith-Benanti
    Assistant Director Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Education & Support Services, University of Oregon
  • “I cannot say enough how much the JMU community truly enjoyed and learned from Ryan.  The professional development for a trans inclusive campus provided an opportunity for meaningful learning and discussion among our Student Affairs professionals.  The campus-wide presentation Sexing Ed was incredible!  I looked around several times throughout to see students that were completely absorbed.  Ryan has the ability to engage audience members, he is an outstanding speaker.”


    Veronica Whalen Jones
    Health Educator, James Madison University
  • “As I watched Ryan Sallans tell us his story…I kept looking at the faces of the students in the audience. They were listening as closely as I was – and with similar respect. I realized that Ryan was probably saving the life of someone in that room, and that I could multiply that saved life many times over.”

    Dr. Laurie Bernstein
    Chair, Department of History Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camden
  • I saw Ryan at the MACURH Regional Conference and my students and I agreed that we needed to bring him to our campus to speak. His program FTM: Scouting the Unknown was inspiring, informational and honesty. He was wonderful to work with for the program and training session, I would highly recommend that you consider bringing him to your campus.

    Melissa Hettmann, RHA Advisor/ Mitchell Hall Residence Hall Director, St. Cloud State University

    Melissa Hettmann
  • I had the pleasure to collaborate with Ryan on two occasions, as part of EQUAL!’s efforts to foster greater inclusiveness within Nokia. Both times were a hit: by telling his own story, Ryan delivered a highly engaging (and relatable) talk while keeping the audience highly interested — whatever their background may be. I personally received very positive feedback from colleagues in all parts of Nokia around the globe, sparking discussions and greater understanding. I definitely look forward to more of these sessions.

    Jerome Meyer – EQUAL! (Nokia)
  • Ryan is an excellent ambassador of the Transgender community, and is a great resource for organizations looking to advance their LGBT inclusion agendas.

     In celebration of Pride month, we hosted two staff events where Ryan presented key LGBT concepts such as gender orientation, gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. He was very knowledgeable of LGBT-related themes and issues, and was very engaging and  personable as a presenter.  We received excellent feedback. Many participants were inspired by Ryan’s personal journey and thankful for the knowledge he shared.

    LGBT and Allies Network – Standard Chartered Bank
  • Thanks to Ryan Sallans, the Management Team and employees at Nebraska Furniture Mart had an opportunity to expand our knowledge and awareness of topics surrounding transgender employees (and customers).  Ryan created a comfortable learning environment for what might still be a somewhat awkward workplace topic.   Using real-world business best practices, personal experiences, and the perfect amount of humor, our team was able to unite behind this important initiative and learn what a healthy workplace family looks like.  Ryan is a subject matter expert who deftly cut through the mystery and confusion that often surrounds gender identity issues. I look forward to working with Ryan in the future to help further increase or organizational knowledge and acceptance.

    Megan Berry-Barlow – Human Resource Director – Nebraska Furniture Mart
  • It takes a lot of emotional strength and courage to tell a story like Ryan’s, but he was so passionate and knowledgeable in his speaking that it made others in the room actually feel like they were a part of his journey as well. There was a point when I scanned the room when Ryan was discussing a very difficult point in his life and I could see not one but many eyes in the room welling up with tears. To have this type of emotional reaction from an audience is the sign of an amazing speaker. Ryan not only educated, but deep down touched something in everyone who attended the training.

    Here are a couple comments from the employee evaluations:

    “Best training we’ve had in long time”

    “It was fantastic and very educational”

    “Ryan presented a very sensitive subject to us with great knowledge and skill.”

    Jon Marquardt, Assistant Superintendent of Recreation, Skokie Park District
  • 02/01/18 – Campus Speaker | Scouting the Unknown | Ohio State University | Mansfield, OH
  • 02/05/18 – Campus/Community Speaker | Lessons From a Transgender Patient and Becoming Ryan: Eating Disorder Recovery  | University of Wisconsin-Whitewater | Whitewater, WI
  • 02/06/18 – Professional Staff Development Training | Stepping Toward a Trans-Inclusive Campus | University of Wisconsin-Whitewater | Whitewater, WI
  • 02/21/18 – Keynote Speaker | Lessons from a Transgender Patient | Gender Education and Demystification Symposium | Salt Lake City, UT
  • 02/28/18 – Campus Speaker | Becoming Ryan: Eating Disorder Recovery | Towson University | Towson, MD
  • 03/02/18 – Conference Speaker | Best Practices: Serving LGBTQ Patients | Victim Advocates, National Guard Refresher | Kearney, NE
  • 03/07/18 – Campus Speaker | Scouting the Unknown | San Diego State University | San Diego, CA
  • 03/11/18 – Keynote Speaker | Scouting the Unknown | Tompkins Cortland Community College | Dryden, NY
  • 03/28/18 – Lecture Series Speaker | Scouting the Unknown | Seminole State College | Sanford, FL
  • 04/04/18 – Speaker | Serving Transgender Youth and their Families | All-Staff Training | Lincoln, NE
  • 04/05/18 – Guest Lecturer | Scouting the Unknown | Boston Public Libraries’ Lowell Lecture Series | Boston, MA
  • 04/27/18 – Guest Speaker | Transgender Inclusion in Healthcare | Physicians Insurance | Seattle, WA
  • 04/29/18 – Conference Speaker | Lessons from a Transgender Patient | Medicine X | ED 2018, Stanford University | Stanford, CA
  • Transgender Keynote Speaker

    Keynote Speaker for Pride Month at the US Department of Energy

  • Transgender Keynote Speaker

    Opening Plenary at the Federal Dispute Resolution Training

  • LGBT Keynote Speaker

    Keynote Speaker at Diversity and Inclusion Summit

  • Transgender Keynote Speaker

    Keynote Speaker at KPMG in NYC

  • Speaking to students at Pittsburg State University

  • Speaking to medical students Oakland University

  • Transgender Speaker

    Keynote Speaker at Massasoit Community College

  • Panelist on Transgender Talent Landscape at Goldman Sachs

  • Transgender Speaker at Kean University

  • Transgender Speaker at Luther College

  • Diversity Forum Speaker at Morehead State University

  • Keynote Speaker at Morehead Pride

  • Keynote Speaker at University of Nebraska-Lincoln