Author Profile—Ruth Schimel, PhD

Author Profile

Ruth Schimel 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, she integrates a range of ideas, subjects, and information. They include the social sciences, sciences, and arts.

Since 1983, Ruth has consulted with over 1000 career and life management clients of all ages and backgrounds. Building beyond conventional approaches, she provides digestible, engaging materials, inspiration, and tailored guidance to promote self-sufficiency and progress. Ruth also speaks and writes, leads workshops, and facilitates groups. For more information see

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

The theme of courage for her doctoral dissertation came unconventionally—through a vision. It unites her passions, interests, education, skills, and experience, just as she encourages her clients to do with their lives. From the research, she knows that dealing with a mob in Calcutta or confronting a street thief in Guatemala was not courageous—maybe foolhardy, in fact. But meaning what she says and doing what she means, as Horton the Elephant said, comes much closer to her new, 21st-century definition of courage: the willingness to realize your true capacities by going through discomfort, fear, anxiety, and suffering and taking wholehearted, responsible action.

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