Positive Mental Health, Burnout Relief, Post-Traumatic Growth, Positive Life Balance & Resilience
Michael L. Stahl is a dynamic professional speaker, CEO group facilitator and business consultant who has delivered more than 2,500 speeches, seminars and training programs in the last 25 years. He is the Founder of Motivational Concepts, a business consulting firm, and is the Co-Founder of The Mental Hygiene Project® with Ryan Gallik. Michael is a Master Trainer for the Harrison Assessment Behavioral Traits Profile and has done nearly 1,000 individual psychological analyses and debriefs around the world. He understands how stress affects performance at every level in organizations and works to provide leaders with the tools they need to engage in “healthy leadership”. Michael is an alumnus of Oklahoma State University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing and he has experienced how business results converge with mental health.
A recipient of the prestigious Horatio Alger Scholarship for Distinguished Americans, Michael is also an eight year volunteer for the association to help disadvantaged young people overcome obstacles, achieve total wellness and accomplish their goals. A certified black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Michael has learned how to use focus and mindfulness to enhance mental health and live with more balance, both personally and professionally.
Michael is a member of the International Positive Psychology Association and as a performance assessment specialist, he has worked with companies of all sizes from rapid growth to Fortune 500 level. From individual coaching to team strategy, he has utilized an understanding of behavioral traits and tendencies to define challenges and eliminate the source of recurring problems.
Michael has worked with clients in 38 US states and 14 countries. He has been a regular guest writer for the online edition of the Orlando Business Journal and has also written for magazines like Entrepreneurial Edge and Marketplace and is the former Managing Editor of Business Solutions Magazine. He has written extensively on the subjects of leadership and inspired performance and is the author of the Focus Your Power series of manuals to enhance personal development and business success. He also contributed to the best-selling book, 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life and has appeared on CNN Financial News discussing how to avoid and overcome burnout.
Michael has been married for 26 years and has a 25 year old son and a 21 year old daughter. He resides in Orlando, FL, loves the Pittsburgh Steelers and travels frequently to work with clients both domestically and abroad.
He is the founder of Ryan Gallik and Associates, an occupational safety, health and wellness consulting firm, and the co-founder of The Mental Hygiene Project ®. Ryan conceived the idea for The Mental Hygiene Project during his long career as a Firefighter/Paramedic, where he experienced first-hand the toll that mental health injuries take on people, organizations and communities. He is committed to helping companies prevent mental health injuries through proactive mental hygiene programs.
Ryan has over 15 years of experience working with Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and Peer Support Teams. He has worked with many clinical professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, and others to create initiatives and partnerships with industries, and refer individuals to clinicians that have the specific expertise (Cultural Competency) that one needs to recover and to even find post traumatic growth after trauma.
In June 2021, Ryan was appointed as Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Greater Orlando Chapter (NAMIGO). While he currently sits ont he board, his first term begins in January 2022.
Ryan’s vision is to create a world where people experiencing mental health injuries like anxiety, depression, burnout, compassion fatigue and post-traumatic stress are treated with respect and dignity – and to influence people to go from the syndrome and into the strategy to being happy and healthy. Ryan’s work with corporations helps leadership teams have awareness, prevent, and mitigate the many forms of mental health injuries that have profound effects at all levels of society, business and families.
Ryan is also an avid and experienced traveler, having visited 6 continents, more than 30 countries, and all 50 states, most of them twice. He has a passion for people, culture, culinary arts and exploring the world through local cuisine, and the arts.
Ryan Gallik and Michael L. Stahl's courses:
“We have been proud to partner with Michael Stahl and Ryan Gallik because they align with the core values at SI and are absolute cultural game changers with our trusted clientele. Because of their incredible approach, and transparent communication, they can communicate complex topics in an elegant manner. Our teams currently collaborate with several national clients, and the momentum achieved as a result of their input has been substantial. If you are looking for servant leaders that can help your organization make amazing cultural strides, Michael Stahl and Ryan Gallik are the right fit for you.”
– Joshua Caudill, CSP, ASP, CHST, President, Safety Leadership innovators, LLC
“Ryan and Michael have tremendous passion about a very important topic and their style of speaking is fun and extremely engaging. For first responders Compassion Fatigue is something that many of our brothers and sisters live with, along with other mental health injuries’ that do not get discussed freely. Ryan and Michael provide common-sense, real-world strategies that actually speak to things that those in the fire service need. We appreciate their outstanding preparation, real-world stories that people can relate to and commitment to making a positive difference in our training classes and in the entire community.”
– James White, CFO, EFO, MiFireE, Winter Park Chief (retd.), Fire Training Program Director, Valencia College
“Ryan Gallik and Michael Stahl, Co-Founders of The Mental Hygiene Project, have been incredible to work with in helping the City of St. Cloud to develop a ready, resilient and focused workforce. They are always accessible and go ‘above and beyond.’ Their work in producing engaging training videos for our city team to provide strategies and tips for growth, reduced risk and adaptability has been outstanding. They are truly partners in success’ and care about their clients like family. I recommend their training, video production and consulting services to any organization wanting to create a balanced, healthy and inspired team.”
– William Sturgeon, City Manager, City of St. Cloud, Florida
“Michael, you were just what we were looking for – an enthusiastic, entertaining speaker with content we can really use. Everyone gave you the highest evaluations possible.”
– Felton C. Rolle CLU, Treasurer, Life Underwriters Association of the Bahamas
“Thank you very much for spending time with us and sharing such powerful information on a very important topic. It was both engaging and informative, and certainly has me thinking about work we could be doing in our organization from a ‘mental hygiene’ perspective. We appreciate all the strategies and excellent preparation. Your ‘back and forth’ style between the two of you is lively and keeps everyone involved. Thanks again for a tremendous program!”
– Sheryl McDevitt, AVP Talent Management Officer, Mascoma Bank
“Michael Stahl and his team’s work with our West Coast team is the only training initiative we have ever done that provided a true return on investment.”
– Jeff Wyatt, President, Bone Western Region
“Ryan’s presentation on Mental Hygiene in the Workplace was energizing, informative and incredibly relevant. Ryan is a first rate speaker whose knowledge, passion and skills inspire listeners to take action. Ryan has presented to, worked with and helped hundreds of our clients. He is a true resource to foster effective Mental Hygiene in the Workplace.”
– Kevin Meehan, Vice President, Public Risk Underwriters of Florida, Inc.
“Michael’s training has been extremely successful. Having a knowledgeable outside resource who is passionate about helping people find the answers they need and get the results we all want has been invaluable. Being able to learn about people and change management and having clear direction on how to develop a plan of specific action has really changed our department in a positive way.”
– Marion Henze, six Sigma Champion, Dupont
“I really enjoyed Ryan’s program because he focused on the things that are most important to having a successful organization and providing leadership that enables people to thrive.”
– Terry Stewart, City Administrator, City of Arcadia
“Michael and Ryan, thank you both for the wonderful presentation on ‘Psychological Empowerment 360’. Everyone was so engaged and, even from a topic that can be very serious for many, you managed to have interaction and come across from a perspective that conveyed your amazing passion about the subject in a positive way. To your point, sometimes people don’t discuss their mental health challenges freely and important work like yours helps to normalize the conversation and enhance productivity within companies at the same time.”
– Sarah Hastings SHRM-SCP, Talent Acquisition, Dartmouth-Hitchcock