Ramon Pastrano

Job Title

  • Adjunct Professor
    Bethel University


Dr. Pastrano is the CEO and Founder of ImpactLives Inc. He founded ImpactLives in 2007 as a laboratory for social responsibility and innovation. Through awareness-based leadership and critical thinking, his model is designed to assist individuals and organizations in developing new frameworks from where to solve the world's most challenging problems. By critically reflecting on the social-cultural and geopolitical structures as a whole, his model helps to provide a better understanding of complex systems. His approach to problem-solving is multidisciplinary and integrates science, medicine, business, faith, anthropology, and profound social change methodologies. Ramon 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 inter-cultural competence and diversity, equity, and inclusion have been lauded by many organizations. Dr. Pastrano is an architect of system change and human transformation.

Started at Bethel



  • Bethel University and Seminary - Doctor in Global and Contextual Leadership, 2013


Dr. Pastrano's global experience is vast. He has traveled extensively for leadership engagement and humanitarian efforts throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, Jordan, India, Palestine, Africa, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Korea, China, Cambodia, Thailand, and Japan.

As a graduate of the U.S. Naval Supply Corps School, Ramon served as a Commanding Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Briar Cliff University and his Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary. He holds a Doctorate in Global Contextual Leadership from Bethel University. Ramon's vision and expertise are broad and include business development, strategic planning, organizational and transformational leadership, marketing and sales.

Ramon has a 5th Degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has been inducted in two Halls of Fame. He loves spending time with his wife Shelly, sons Xavier and Kryston, and new grandson Rowan.


Dr. Pastrano spent 15 years as a surgical consultant and medical device specialist and has received recognition from Pfizer, Medtronic, and Warner-Lambert. Dr. Pastrano is the recipient of numerous awards. He is the recipient of the Doctor Act Award presented by TRANS4M Council for Research and Innovation in Switzerland. This award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in Social Innovation.


Discovering the Process of Transformation Using Grounded Theory



Leading in Multicultural Environments

Unconscious Bias and the Hidden Brain

Understanding Neurodiversity

Leading with Cultural Competence

Dimension of Cultures

Transformational Leadership

Leading in a Digital and Alternate Reality World

Being the Church in Our Culture

Understanding the Process of Transformation

Human Centered Design and Desing Thinking

From System Thinking to System Change

Moving Equity from Theory to Action

Executing Collective Impact Models

Strengths-Based Leadership

Knowledge Conversation Tools

Effective Service Learning

The Multicultural Leader

From Social Responsibility to Social Innovation

Critical Thinking in Leadership

Leading Through Conflict

Intercultural Conflict Management

Social Entrepreneurship 

Emotional Intelligence

Certificates and Licenses

Lean Startup Principles for Social Impact

Social Entrepreneurship 

Human Centered Design

Design Thinking

The Opioid Crisis in America

The Presencing Foundation Program

Leading From the Emerging Future

Transforming Business Society and Self

Adaptive Leadership

Designing for Sustainability

Theory U

AORN Certified

Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory

Intercultural Developmental Inventory (IDI)




Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

ALIA Innovations-Board


The University of Minnesota YMCA-Board

Hope For The Hurting Home- Board

USTAWI- PhD Research


Mill City Church


Hobbies and Interests

Music, Dance, Arts, Languages, Travel, History, Problem Solving, Design and Innovation.


"The problems we are facing today, began as solutions to other problems" Peter Senge "We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are" Anais Nin