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Ryan M. Dunlap, M.S.

Founder | CEO of Real Tact Leadership, LLC.

Ryan is a decorated law enforcement veteran with a diverse background ranging from SWAT Hostage Negotiation, Crisis Intervention, Gang Intelligence, and Criminal Investigations. Throughout his law enforcement career, he conducted thousands of interviews, high-stakes interrogations, complex negotiations, deescalations, and interventions. 


Following a career in law enforcement, Ryan served as the Director of Life Safety for Victory Church. He was promoted to Executive Director of Operations where he was charged with overseeing a $20M+ operations program and leading the realignment of enterprise-wide operations, IT, security, fire, and facilities management initiatives during an organizational restructure.

Ryan went on to become the Executive Director of Street Grace Tennessee, where he successfully oversaw the market expansion of the organization while leading the overall strategy and execution of all statewide programs and initiatives.

Ryan is the creator of the Real Tact Model™, a conflict communication tool that helps leaders identify their own unique conflict triggers. Ryan has deployed the tool with leaders from various industries which has helped them to improve their conflict communication, grow their leadership presence, build healthier high-performing teams, and improve their organizational culture. 


Ryan also founded the Conflictish community. Engaging with leaders in a 1-on-1 or small group format, Conflictish is designed for leaders who need help navigating all of the challenges that come with leading through conflict.

He earned his B.A. in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University with honors and an M.S. in Communication and Leadership from Purdue University.

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Training and Education​

  • Masters of Science, Communication and Leadership

  • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management

  • Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice

  • 3,600+ Hours of Specialized Law Enforcement Training:

    • FBI Interviews & Interrogations​

    • Threat Assessments

    • Critical Incident Stress Management

    • ICISF Individual and Group Crisis Intervention

    • Adjunct Instructor, Oglethorpe University


Executive Positions 

  • Executive Director, Street Grace

  • Executive Director of Operations, Victory

  • State Expert Committee Member, GA Sexual Assault Response Team


Law Enforcement

  • Special Victims Unit Detective

  • Burglary Detective

  • Gang Intelligence Unit Liaison

  • Crisis Negotiation Team, Hostage Negotiator 

  • Crisis Intervention Officer

  • Certified DCJS Law Enforcement Instructor

  • Certified Law Enforcement Field Training Instructor