Leadership is as operational as it is inspirational. In this fireside chat, Ashton Kutcher and Ryan Petersen discuss the nuts and bolts of managing and optimizing your scarcest resources in order to scale yourself and drive results for your team or company. This won't be a discussion of productivity tools; instead, Ashton and Ryan will share the unique approaches they've developed to maximize mental clarity and performance, and extend their impact both within their companies and with the broader general public, all while creating space and eliminating "busyness" in their schedules.
Ashton’s career has spanned over many years with well-known projects on screen and film, but it's his passion in technology, entrepreneurship and investing that has brought him notable recognition. He’s been named TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” as well as being honored by Vanity Fair's New Establishment List, which identifies the top 50 of an innovative new breed of buccaneering visionaries, engineering prodigies and entrepreneurs. Twice, Kutcher was named one of Forbes magazine’s “World’s Most Powerful Celebrities,” and one of Fast Company magazine’s “Most Creative People.”
Ryan Petersen is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Flexport, a full-service freight forwarder and customs broker. Since founding Flexport in 2013, Ryan and his team have worked to make global trade easy for everyone. Ryan led Flexport from inception to the company it is today: supporting over 10,000 customers and suppliers across 109 countries and doubling revenue to nearly $450m last year. His areas of focus include setting company strategy, ensuring the company tracks to goals, and most importantly, building and maintaining Flexport’s unique culture.
Prior to founding Flexport, Ryan helped run an e-commerce company and co-founded ImportGenius, one of the largest providers of business intelligence to the import-export industry. His experience and frustration with global logistics served as the inspiration to start Flexport. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Columbia University.