About Ryan Jenkins


Ryan has been speaking professionally as a Millennial and Generation Z keynote speaker for over eight years for hundreds of clients such as State Farm, Salesforce.com, and The Home Depot. His top-ranked generational insights have been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, and SUCCESS Magazine.

His internationally recognized blog, podcast, and Inc.com column inspire and equip thousands of people every week. Ryan’s passion, experience as a Millennial himself, and his fresh and forward-thinking approach to generations have made him one of the most highly sought after generational and future of work keynote speakers.

What Ryan is Known For

Public Speaking

As a Millennial and Generation Z keynote speaker and generations expert, Ryan has helped organizations like Coca-Cola, John Deere, Wells Fargo, Delta Air Lines and countless other organizations in industries such as insurance, retail, banking, healthcare, education, etc. to better lead, engage, and sell to the emerging generations (Millennials and Generation Z) and across generations.


Ryan has written over 500 articles centered around generational trends, leadership strategies in the workplace, and the future of work. Ryan shares his relevant insights on his blog, as a columnist for Inc.com and Entrepreneur Magazine. Ryan has also written 2 books: The Millennial Manual and The Generation Z Guide.


Ryan hosts a podcast called, “Next Generation Catalyst Podcast” where he interviews Fortune 500 leaders, New York Times Bestselling Authors, and some of today’s top thought leaders about generations, leadership, work trends, the future of work, and more. Subscribe to the 100+ episodes on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

Ryan's Story

Ryan began work as a sales professional in the technology industry after graduating from Miami University (OH) with a degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. As a Millennial himself, it didn’t take long for him to notice and experience first-hand the friction between generations in the workplace.

To better understand this workplace issue, Ryan began extensively researching, collaborating with industry experts, and interviewing hundreds of Millennials and Generation Zers to better understand their behavior, strengths, employer expectations, and career desires.

This led Ryan to launch a blog in 2012 and a podcast in 2013 focused on helping leaders and organizations to better understand the emerging generations so they can better lead, engage, and sell to Millennials and Generation Z. Today, Ryan’s content reaches 1,000s of people every week.

In 2015, Ryan became a columnist for Inc.com. His column, Next Generation Insights, reaches 100,000s of people every month.

In 2016, Ryan co-founded Sync Learning Experiences (formally 21mill). SyncLX helps companies improve their training efforts by creating live and digital learning experiences that people use, enjoy, and apply. The Home Depot, Salesforce, Toyota and many other leading companies have improved their L&D programs while boosting employee performance and engagement with SyncLX.

In 2017, Ryan wrote The Millennial Manual: The Complete How-To Guide to Manage, Develop, and Engage Millennials at Work.

In 2019, Ryan wrote The Generation Z Guide: The Complete Manual to Understand, Recruit, and Lead the Next Generation.

As a keynote speaker, Ryan is a proud member of the National Speakers Association and a CSP® (Certified Speaking Professional)™, a premier designation that only 12% of speakers worldwide hold.

When Ryan is not speaking or writing you can find him sampling craft beers from around the world or religiously cheering on the Denver Broncos with his wife Ashley, daughter Ella, sons Landon and Meyer, and yellow Labrador Bauer from their home in Atlanta, GA.