Ramon Pastrano IV

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Dr. Pastrano is founder and board member of Twin Cities-based ImpactLives, Inc. and founder of Third Sphere LLC, a center for transformational leadership in cultural competence, social innovation, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Pastrano is an architect of organizational culture, system change and human transformation. Pastrano is fluent in human-centered design, design thinking, system thinking, service learning, social responsibility, social innovation, transformational leadership, 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 has received numerous awards, including 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. Pastrano 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 also served as a Commanding Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Pastrano earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications/Media Studies from Briar Cliff University. His advanced degrees include a Master of Science in Management from the U.S. Naval Supply Corps School, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary, and a Doctorate in Global Contextual Leadership from Bethel University. Pastrano volunteers at Mill City Church in Minneapolis, with FINNOVATION Lab as a Fellowship mentor, and at Third Sphere LLC, where he mentors and coaches young leaders. He served on the general board for the YMCA, where he continues to volunteer, and currently serves on the Alia Innovations board of directors and on the 2Restored board of directors. Pastrano enjoys family time with his wife, Shelly, their two sons, Xavier and Kryston, and their grandson, Rowan.

Started at Bethel



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


Dr. Pastrano is a leader who engages in reflective and independent thinking in order to make sound judgments and decisions in his work. His critical thinking process involves analyzing information, evaluating evidence, and considering different perspectives to arrive at reasoned conclusions. His approach to problem-solving is that of a holistic thinker who asks questions, gathers information, and uses logic and reasoning to evaluate arguments and evidence. In his work design, he takes pleasure in exploring, encountering, and acquiring new knowledge.

Dr. Pastrano's clients see him as a unifying force, someone who recognizes the importance and power of groups, teams, and community efforts. He is attuned to the emotional, cognitive, and physical dynamics of others and prioritize teamwork and peer relationships. By understanding, encouraging, and serving others effectively, He promote cooperation and positive collaboration. He has a talent for quickly identifying when people are not being treated fairly or equally and excel at mediating conflicts. Even in times of crisis, Dr. Pastrano remains hopeful and optimistic, lifting group energy and spirits with humor and enthusiasm.

As a human-centered design practitioner, Dr. Pastrano continuously strives for excellence and efficiency. He thrives in an environment that provides challenges, freedom, and autonomy for creative thinking. In the face of challenges or crises, he demonstrate resilience and use his experiences to become more effective and successful. Even in chaotic situations, He is able to maintain focus on priorities while remaining flexible. His aims is to help all his clients cultivate expertise and build a culture that will assist them in achieving their goals and objectives.


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.


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.


“Let no one enter who cannot see that the issues outside are a mirror of the issues inside.” The Alchemist MIT "We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are" Anais Nin