New Course, New Honors for Drucker's Patel


Anyone who follows global business developments probably knows a minumum of one aspect of commentator Ryan Patel: the saying \”wearer of numerous hats\” clearly pertains to him.

Not only is Patel a go-to authority on political economy and company governance, but he's also a global business executive and frequent cause of a wide variety of media outlets, including CNN, BBC, Yahoo Finance, Fox Business, The Hill, CGTN, and more. He's also an advisory board member and senior fellow with the Drucker School of Management. And soon he will be offering a transdisciplinary course on global leadership.

Now Patel continues to be named through the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) as one of this year's recipients from the NAAAP100 Award, which recognizes the exemplary leadership and entrepreneurial achievements of people in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.


\”Patel's unique and inherent understanding of the ever-changing nature of trends,\” the NAAAP announcement said, \”has been vital in providing valuable strategy and leadership in developing domestic and international growth plans across multi-cultural and cross-functional teams for many from the world's most innovative companies.\”

NAAAP is one of the oldest, largest, and fastest-growing Pan-Asian organizations in North America. Previous award winners include the late Senator Daniel Inouye, Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi, Superbowl MVP Hines Ward, and playwright David Henry Hwang.

In Patel's acceptance remarks he explained that although he wished he could speak in the conference and meet everyone in person, \”this 'new normal' is definitely an opportunity for all of us to still use our voices and also to get together.\”

This is already evident, he added, in the cultural awareness being spread across news and media right now.

\”I'm getting excited about actual impact, not just a tokenism of diversity and inclusion, but an actual place where we've accountability, results, and all of us may come together,\” said Patel.

New Course Teaches Global Leadership in Real-Time

Before he was a news contributor and senior fellow at Drucker, Patel was a key player at a few of the world's most well-known companies such as Wet Seal Retail (Arden B and Wet Seal); Jamba Juice; BJ's Restaurants; Panda Restaurant Group (Panda Express); and Pinkberry, that they helped expand into 23 countries.

This fall, you'll find him leading a brand new transdisciplinary course at CGU, \”Global Leadership,\” which will explore what global leadership means and just how it is practiced in the current business community and beyond.

The course-which is listed as TNDY 305 within the university's course catalog–is available to all CGU students (you don't have to possess a business background, he says).

Patel will be covering seven modules on topics and issues central in most financial discussions today: the worldwide economy, marketing and brand, corporate leadership, technology, diversity, inclusion, equity, and scaling businesses for a global market.

Patel's goal would be to draw on his regular engagement with business media on breaking global business news to immerse his students in real-world scenarios taking place in real-time.

\”I'm looking forward to this. I truly want this experience to become different in my students,\” he explained. \”This course will concentrate on individuals understanding how to focus on teams and the way to build brands for themselves. I'm going to assign them group projects that will allow these to address a few of the kinds of situational issues that I've encountered in my career.\”

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