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Ryan M. Dunlap, M.S.

Founder | Chief Conflict Officer

Ryan Dunlap is a conflict strategist and executive coach with a diverse background ranging from leadership development, coaching, training, and crisis communication.


Prior to launching Conflictish, Ryan served 14 years in law enforcement, working in the prestigious Special Victims Unit as a detective and on the SWAT team as a hostage negotiator and crisis intervention officer. Following a decorated law enforcement career, he went on to to serve as the Execuitve Director of Operations at large giga-church located outside of Atlanta, Georgia. He also served as the Executive Director of an anti-human trafficking organization in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 


Whether through law enforcement, ministry, or in business, Ryan has successfully conducted countless interviews, high-stakes interrogations, complex negotiations, deescalations, and interventions. As a proven expert in navigating conflict and leading difficult conversations, today he helps leaders and teams to do the same, one conversation at a time. 

  • Conflict Management

  • Strategic Communication

  • Crisis Intervention

  • Interviews & Interrogations

  • Sexual Assault / Misconduct

  • Workplace Violence

  • Harrassment

  • Negotiations

Areas of Expertise

  • Master of Science, Communication and Leadership

  • Graduate Certificate, Strategic Communication Management

  • Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice

  • Certified Enneagram Coach

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

    • FBI Interviews & Interrogations​

    • Hostage Negotiations

    • Critical Incident Stress Management

    • ICISF Individual and Group Crisis Intervention

    • NAMI Crisis Intervention

    • Threat Assessments

    • Certified Law Enforcement Instructor

    • Certified Field Training Officer

Education & Training

Professional Experience

  • Executive Director, Street Grace

  • Executive Director of Operations, Victory

  • Adjunct Instructor, Oglethorpe University