Do Right Men 2007: Ryan Jeffries

Ryan Jeffries HOME BASE: Chicago PROFESSION: CEO DOING RIGHT: Who says brothers don't like the great outdoors? City-born Jeffries is founder and CEO of Beyond the Edge, a nonprofit company that exposes teens and young adults to non-traditional and extreme sports such as skiing, skydiving, kayaking, camping and rock climbing for exercise and confidence building. "It's all about giving back while also doing something I enjoy," he says. "There is a direct correlation between controlling your fear—even in a controlled environment like athletics—and your ability to control your fear in other walks of life."
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 28, 2008

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HOME BASE: Chicago
PROFESSION: CEO
DOING RIGHT: Who says brothers don’t like the great outdoors? City-born Jeffries is founder and CEO of Beyond the Edge, a nonprofit company that exposes teens and young adults to non-traditional and extreme sports such as skiing, skydiving, kayaking, camping and rock climbing for exercise and confidence building. “It’s all about giving back while also doing something I enjoy,” he says. “There is a direct correlation between controlling your fear—even in a controlled environment like athletics—and your ability to control your fear in other walks of life.”

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HOME BASE: Chicago
PROFESSION: CEO
DOING RIGHT: Who says brothers don’t like the great outdoors? City-born Jeffries is founder and CEO of Beyond the Edge, a nonprofit company that exposes teens and young adults to non-traditional and extreme sports such as skiing, skydiving, kayaking, camping and rock climbing for exercise and confidence building. “It’s all about giving back while also doing something I enjoy,” he says. “There is a direct correlation between controlling your fear—even in a controlled environment like athletics—and your ability to control your fear in other walks of life.”

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HOME BASE: Chicago
PROFESSION: CEO
DOING RIGHT: Who says brothers don’t like the great outdoors? City-born Jeffries is founder and CEO of Beyond the Edge, a nonprofit company that exposes teens and young adults to non-traditional and extreme sports such as skiing, skydiving, kayaking, camping and rock climbing for exercise and confidence building. “It’s all about giving back while also doing something I enjoy,” he says. “There is a direct correlation between controlling your fear—even in a controlled environment like athletics—and your ability to control your fear in other walks of life.”

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HOME BASE: Chicago
PROFESSION: CEO
DOING RIGHT: Who says brothers don’t like the great outdoors? City-born Jeffries is founder and CEO of Beyond the Edge, a nonprofit company that exposes teens and young adults to non-traditional and extreme sports such as skiing, skydiving, kayaking, camping and rock climbing for exercise and confidence building. “It’s all about giving back while also doing something I enjoy,” he says. “There is a direct correlation between controlling your fear—even in a controlled environment like athletics—and your ability to control your fear in other walks of life.”

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HOME BASE: Chicago
PROFESSION: CEO
DOING RIGHT: Who says brothers don’t like the great outdoors? City-born Jeffries is founder and CEO of Beyond the Edge, a nonprofit company that exposes teens and young adults to non-traditional and extreme sports such as skiing, skydiving, kayaking, camping and rock climbing for exercise and confidence building. “It’s all about giving back while also doing something I enjoy,” he says. “There is a direct correlation between controlling your fear—even in a controlled environment like athletics—and your ability to control your fear in other walks of life.”

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HOME BASE: Chicago
PROFESSION: CEO
DOING RIGHT: Who says brothers don’t like the great outdoors? City-born Jeffries is founder and CEO of Beyond the Edge, a nonprofit company that exposes teens and young adults to non-traditional and extreme sports such as skiing, skydiving, kayaking, camping and rock climbing for exercise and confidence building. “It’s all about giving back while also doing something I enjoy,” he says. “There is a direct correlation between controlling your fear—even in a controlled environment like athletics—and your ability to control your fear in other walks of life.”

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HOME BASE: Chicago
PROFESSION: CEO
DOING RIGHT: Who says brothers don’t like the great outdoors? City-born Jeffries is founder and CEO of Beyond the Edge, a nonprofit company that exposes teens and young adults to non-traditional and extreme sports such as skiing, skydiving, kayaking, camping and rock climbing for exercise and confidence building. “It’s all about giving back while also doing something I enjoy,” he says. “There is a direct correlation between controlling your fear—even in a controlled environment like athletics—and your ability to control your fear in other walks of life.”

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HOME BASE: Chicago
PROFESSION: CEO
DOING RIGHT: Who says brothers don’t like the great outdoors? City-born Jeffries is founder and CEO of Beyond the Edge, a nonprofit company that exposes teens and young adults to non-traditional and extreme sports such as skiing, skydiving, kayaking, camping and rock climbing for exercise and confidence building. “It’s all about giving back while also doing something I enjoy,” he says. “There is a direct correlation between controlling your fear—even in a controlled environment like athletics—and your ability to control your fear in other walks of life.”

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HOME BASE: Chicago
PROFESSION: CEO
DOING RIGHT: Who says brothers don’t like the great outdoors? City-born Jeffries is founder and CEO of Beyond the Edge, a nonprofit company that exposes teens and young adults to non-traditional and extreme sports such as skiing, skydiving, kayaking, camping and rock climbing for exercise and confidence building. “It’s all about giving back while also doing something I enjoy,” he says. “There is a direct correlation between controlling your fear—even in a controlled environment like athletics—and your ability to control your fear in other walks of life.”

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HOME BASE: Chicago
PROFESSION: CEO
DOING RIGHT: Who says brothers don’t like the great outdoors? City-born Jeffries is founder and CEO of Beyond the Edge, a nonprofit company that exposes teens and young adults to non-traditional and extreme sports such as skiing, skydiving, kayaking, camping and rock climbing for exercise and confidence building. “It’s all about giving back while also doing something I enjoy,” he says. “There is a direct correlation between controlling your fear—even in a controlled environment like athletics—and your ability to control your fear in other walks of life.”

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HOME BASE: Chicago
PROFESSION: CEO
DOING RIGHT: Who says brothers don’t like the great outdoors? City-born Jeffries is founder and CEO of Beyond the Edge, a nonprofit company that exposes teens and young adults to non-traditional and extreme sports such as skiing, skydiving, kayaking, camping and rock climbing for exercise and confidence building. “It’s all about giving back while also doing something I enjoy,” he says. “There is a direct correlation between controlling your fear—even in a controlled environment like athletics—and your ability to control your fear in other walks of life.”

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Ryan Jeffries

HOME BASE: Chicago
PROFESSION: CEO
DOING RIGHT: Who says brothers don’t like the great outdoors? City-born Jeffries is founder and CEO of Beyond the Edge, a nonprofit company that exposes teens and young adults to non-traditional and extreme sports such as skiing, skydiving, kayaking, camping and rock climbing for exercise and confidence building. “It’s all about giving back while also doing something I enjoy,” he says. “There is a direct correlation between controlling your fear—even in a controlled environment like athletics—and your ability to control your fear in other walks of life.”

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Ryan Jeffries

HOME BASE: Chicago
PROFESSION: CEO
DOING RIGHT: Who says brothers don’t like the great outdoors? City-born Jeffries is founder and CEO of Beyond the Edge, a nonprofit company that exposes teens and young adults to non-traditional and extreme sports such as skiing, skydiving, kayaking, camping and rock climbing for exercise and confidence building. “It’s all about giving back while also doing something I enjoy,” he says. “There is a direct correlation between controlling your fear—even in a controlled environment like athletics—and your ability to control your fear in other walks of life.”

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Ryan Jeffries

HOME BASE: Chicago
PROFESSION: CEO
DOING RIGHT: Who says brothers don’t like the great outdoors? City-born Jeffries is founder and CEO of Beyond the Edge, a nonprofit company that exposes teens and young adults to non-traditional and extreme sports such as skiing, skydiving, kayaking, camping and rock climbing for exercise and confidence building. “It’s all about giving back while also doing something I enjoy,” he says. “There is a direct correlation between controlling your fear—even in a controlled environment like athletics—and your ability to control your fear in other walks of life.”