About Ruth Schimel

ruth-portraitCareer & Life Management Consulting Practice: Ruth may not seem a neatly-defined expert to some people. Her focus is encouraging clients and readers to realize their true capacities for their own and others’ benefit. To honor their complexity and variety, she integrates a range of ideas, subjects, and information, including the arts, social sciences, and sciences.  

Since 1983, Ruth has consulted with over 1,000 career and life management clients of all ages and backgrounds. Building beyond conventional approaches, she provides extensive original materials, tools, and inspiration. Her tailored guidance elicits clients’ uniqueness, while promoting self-sufficiency and progress.  Ruth also speaks, trains, and facilitates groups.  

The theme of courage that animates her practice reflects the focus of her doctoral dissertation which came unconventionally — through an image. It united her passions, interests, education, skills, and experience, just as she encourages her clients to do with their lives. From this research, she knows that dealing with a mob in Calcutta or confronting a street thief in Guatemala City was not courageous — probably foolhardy, in fact. But meaning what she says and doing what she means, as Horton the Elephant would say, comes closer to the spirit of her new, 21st-century definition of courage accessible to most people: a process that involves the willingness to realize your true capacities by going through discomfort, fear, anxiety, or suffering and taking wholehearted, responsible action.

Author: Since 2013, Ruth has published six books, starting with Choose Courage: Step Into the Life You Want.  Subsequent related handbooks include themes of success and relationships.  Her books are available through www.amazon.com under her name.

Foundation and Nonprofit Work: In 1998, Ruth developed with her mother and now leads and manages The Schimel Lode, a nontraditional foundation to promote collaboration and innovation for the public good in the Washington, D.C. area.  The website is www.TheSchimelLode.net.  

Management Consulting and University Teaching: Ruth continues as a management consultant for organizations. Previously, she taught a range of human resource and related subjects in the business schools at Georgetown and American universities and for continuing education students at George Washington. She was an associate professor at Marymount University in the human resources master’s program.

Diplomacy: As a diplomat, Ruth served at embassies in Ecuador and Guatemala, and as chief of the consular section in Calcutta, India. At the Department of State, she managed human resources and selection boards, analyzed research and intelligence, and worked on desks for Latin America countries.  She continues to speak Spanish.

Education: Ruth’s degrees are:

  • Ph.D. in public management, workforce development, and gerontology, George Washington University (GWU): Dissertation topic: Becoming Courageous: A Search for Process
  • M.A. in behavioral science, government, and personnel, GWU
  • B.S. in industrial and labor relations, Cornell University  
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