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Transform Your Life with Applied Improvisation with Ryan Sullivan, CFP®, CRPC®, RCC™ (Ep. 21)

Transform Your Life with Applied Improvisation with Ryan Sullivan, CFP®, CRPC®, RCC™ (Ep. 21)

One of the most valuable skills in today’s world is the ability to improvise. 

Improvisation is not just about making things up on the spot but also about adapting to changing situations, finding creative solutions, and collaborating with others.

In this episode, Billy and Shaun Peterson sit down with Ryan Sullivan, CFP®, CRPC®, RCC™, Vice President and Managing Director, Applied Insights for Hartford Funds.

They explore the power of applied improvisation in finance, health, and mindset. They highlight the concept of “Yes, And” and its impact on problem-solving and creativity. Additionally, Ryan explains how improvisation can be applied in everyday life, shares brain-boosting exercises, and explores the art of explanation and active listening.

Together, they discuss: 

  • The origins and uses of applied improvisation in various fields such as business, leadership, and caregiving
  • How the “Yes, And” mindset can be applied to business and communication
  • An improvisation exercise and how it can be used in various scenarios
  • The importance of challenging the brain in new ways to create new connections and reduce the risk of cognitive decline
  • How to use a simple exercise to improve communication skills at work and in personal relationships
  • Studies showing the positive effects of applied improvisation on brain health, communication, and overall well-being
  • And more!


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About Our Guest: 

Ryan Sullivan is a vice president and managing director of applied insights for Hartford Funds.  He leads communication workshops around the country and speaks on a variety of financial and practice management topics, with a focus on retirement research from the MIT AgeLab. To date, Ryan has provided insights to audiences in 46 states and Puerto Rico, as well as led over a  thousand webinars. 

Ryan originally joined Hartford Funds in 1996, holding various roles of increasing responsibility.  He left the company in 2012 as a vice president of advanced markets. Prior to rejoining Hartford  Funds, Ryan founded a business to coach professionals on public speaking and impactful communication. He was later hired by his largest client, financial-planning software company  Envestnet MoneyGuide, where he was vice president and head of investor education. 

In addition to his role at Hartford Funds, Ryan volunteers his time and communication expertise to help others. Since 2012, he’s led communication workshops at UNC Charlotte’s Center for  Leadership and Community Engagement. He also volunteers to help empower athletes with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, and those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  Ryan serves on Hartford Funds’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Council. 

Ryan is a registered representative of Hartford Funds Distributors, LLC, and is FINRA Series  7 and 63 registered. He holds his Life, Health, and Variable Products licenses and has earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), Chartered Financial  Consultant (ChFC®), Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®), and Chartered Mutual  Fund Counselor (CMFC®) designations. He’s a Fellow of LOMA’s® Life Management Institute and is also a Registered Corporate Coach (RCC™).  

Originally from Hartford, Connecticut, Ryan attended Bucknell University, where he earned a  bachelor’s degree in business administration. He currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina,  with his wife, Katie.