Ryan O’Leary

Business Instructor

(218) 335-4226


Tribal Affiliation:
Boise Forte Band of Chippewa

I was born and raised in Duluth, MN as my dad moved off the Bois Forte Reservation to this city when he was a teenager. After I graduated from Hermantown High School, I attended the University of Denver on an NCCA Division I hockey scholarship. After graduating from Denver, I went to two graduate schools and graduated from both. I eventually pursued my doctoral studies in Missouri and graduated with my first doctoral degree in 2013. I have a variety of work experience- including serving on my tribe’s economic development board and in other tribal roles. My wife and I have four children. If I am not working, I am normally spending time with my family- including spending a lot of time driving my kids to extracurricular activities and watching them participate in these activities. I also enjoy working out and I am currently pursuing m Ph.D. in Business Management degree.


Ph.D. Business Management, Leadership specialization, Capella University (In Progress)
D.Min., AG Theological Seminary, 2013
M.Div., Bethel Theological Seminary, 2003
M.A., Business Management, The College of St. Scholastica, 1998
B.S., Business Administration, University of Denver, 1993

Research & Experience :
American Indian Quarterly- “The Similarities and Differences among American Indian and Anglo American Leadership Styles.” Masters’ thesis- The College of St. Scholastica Masters’ in Management Program.

Re-envisioning Corporate Social Responsibility in Light of Ojibwe Culture- Presentation at the American Indian College Fund’s Tribal College and Universities Faculty Research Conference.

Courses Taught:
Introduction to Business
Business Law
Business Communication
Principles of Marketing
Human Resource Management
Tribal Administration