Developing managers to deliver business results.

The immense strength and hardiness of the large oak tree comes from receiving proper nutrients and being grounded with a sturdy foundation.  World class organizations understand that their success is dependent upon those activities that nourish and reinforce the growth of their organizations and its people.  Development programs are at the heart of these continuous improvement initiatives.  This is why Great Oak Solutions, LLC has a strategic focus on providing development programs for your aspiring and new managers that are aligned with your company’s objectives.  


Ryan P. Derber, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Rewarding and Meaningful. Those are the first two words that come to mind when I think back to the early years in my career when I worked as a Human Resources Manager for the American Red Cross. Every day was fulfilling as I was privileged to work alongside wonderful volunteers who shared my enthusiasm for the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross. Years earlier, in 1997, I was certified by the American Red Cross as a volunteer instructor. This was the environment where my passion for training and development was born.

I am a Human Resource Development professional who designs and facilitates learning solutions that are aligned with the needs and strategic direction of the organization. I am recognized by my colleagues for my ability to be conscientious and analytical, allowing me to partner with organizational leaders to offer solutions and learning programs to address skills and performance gaps. My talent in coaching and developing managers is supported by my excellent written and verbal communication skills. My peers describe me as resourceful, innovative and agile.

My expertise stems from 17 years in the Human Resources field delivering learning solutions. Throughout the years, I have been a champion for change, leading efforts for global communication and system training for program, policy and software implementations.  I have been a business partner, working hand-in-hand with managers offering guidance and support in human performance issues.  

I like to create a training environment where participants are fully engaged through the use of multiple learning models. Criteria for success is clearly laid out and learning is personalized. Learning continues after the session is complete by relating course content back to the participant’s current role in the organization.

I achieved 2 Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in Speech Communications (BA) and Human Resource Management (BBA). Additionally, I obtained my MBA from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, and have enhanced my expertise in the Human Resources field through certifications from multiple organizations allowing me to facilitate learning with their programs.

Volunteerism has remained a passion of mine and I currently enjoy giving time as a volunteer for the Wisconsin Society for Human Resource Management where I have served on the State Conference Committee, the State Council, and a local chapter board.

The Foundation of Great Oak Solutions, LLC

Mission Statement

In partnership with businesses, we work with new, emerging, and existing managers to provide training and coaching that enables them to deliver results and drive key business indicators.

Strategic Values

Ethics –  We operate in an ethical and transparent manner.  We work with clients in a fair and confidential manner.

Response –  We act with a sense of urgency.  We keep client strategies and goals in mind.

Innovation –  We pursue continuous improvement.  We seek out new ideas and benchmark solutions against best-in-class.