Ramón Pastrano IV | University of Northwestern, St. Paul
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Ramón Pastrano IV, D.Min, MSM, MATS

CEO-President, ImpactLives, Inc
Founder, Third Sphere, LLC

Pastrano is founder and CEO-President of ImpactLives Inc. and founder of Third Sphere LLC, a center for transformational leadership in cultural competence, social innovation, and entrepreneurship. He is fluent in human-centered design, design thinking, transformational leadership, system thinking, service learning, social responsibility, social innovation, and entrepreneurial leadership. Additionally, his innovative approach to intercultural competence and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging have been lauded by many local and national organizations.

Serving 15 years as a surgical consultant and medical device specialist with Ethicon, Medtronic, and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Pastrano was honored with the Doctor Act Award, presented by TRANS4M Council for Research and Innovation in Switzerland. This award is given in recognition for outstanding achievement in Social Innovation. He has traveled extensively for leadership engagement and humanitarian efforts throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. As a graduate of the U.S. Naval Supply Corps School, he served as a Commanding Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Pastrano earned his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications/Media Studies from Briar Cliff University. Advanced degrees include an MSM in Supply System Management and Leadership, Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management from the U.S. Naval Supply Corps School; an MATS in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary, and a D.Min. in Global Contextual Leadership from Bethel University.

Pastrano volunteers at Mill City Church in Minneapolis, at FINNOVATION Lab as a mentor the Fellowship, and Third Sphere LLC, mentoring and coaching young leaders. He also serves as a board member for Alia Innovations and was on the general board for the YMCA, where he continues to serve as a volunteer. He enjoys family time with his wife, Shelly, sons Xavier and Kryston, and grandson Rowan.

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