Why Work with Ruth Schimel?

Ruth Schimel Ph.D., Career & Life Management Consultant, offers expert guidance to attend to each client’s unique patterns of strengths and interests as foundations for choice and action. This includes:

  • Integrating complexity for focus using a range of tools, insights, and processes for current decisions and independent actions in the future
  • Making each person’s authentic self-apparent as a basis for wise, ambitious choices about work, purposes, and preferred lifestyle
  • Addressing practical issues and likely blocks in designing plans and strategies while eliciting opportunities and potential

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Identify and integrate themes from your interests, talents, and strengths to find or launch the work you want, now and later. Smooth transitions and move beyond internal obstacles to success. Boost management and leadership effectiveness and other abilities and skills to continue thriving. Five other related options are offered.

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Develop inspiring focus that also reflects the dynamism in your life and work to generate the continuing meaning, purpose, and success you want. Convert internal blocks to progress into opportunities. Create and use your adaptable, holistic profile for action to express your true self and priorities over time. See other options at Career Consulting as well.


Perhaps it’s difficult to realize your capacity because you compare your behavior to what others have done. Instead, understanding how a range of worthwhile acts unfold, the choices, struggles, and experiences that lead to what seems instantaneous, can hold the keys to your own courage.

“When I was struggling to find a new career direction, Ruth Schimel provided a structured process of self-discovery, along with compassionate and perceptive coaching as I worked through the process. The result was a new career that I love!”

— JS, 48, Divorce Mediator,
(formerly a practicing lawyer)

Ruth Schimel’s “Choose Courage” Collection

Ruth’s 21st-century definition of courage from her research:

“Courage is a process of becoming that involves the willingness to realize your true capacities by going through discomfort, fear, anxiety, or suffering and taking wholehearted, responsible action.”

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“Choose Courage: Step Into the Life You Want” transforms what could just be a heroic cliché into actual ways you can realize your true capacities. Based on doctoral-level research with everyday people, Ruth Schimel has developed a 21st -century definition of courage. Instead of telling other people’s stories, this book shows how your own efforts at dealing with difficult or challenging situations already prove your capacity for courage. You’ll get the tools and guidance to build on your strengths and skills, whether or not you appreciate them entirely now. You’ll also benefit from an array of options for transcending emotional barriers.

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Meet Ruth Schimel, Ph.D.:

Distinctive Experience, Credentials, and Range

Dedication to realizing true capabilities to benefit others and myself is my motto. As you’ll see below, I walk this path by bridging the natural tensions between stability and change in work and life during these dynamic times. This process supports effective results with meaning and contributions for myself and my clients. Whether economic, political, social, national, or international, I think my range of experience across subjects and issues is vital for matching talents and dreams. In addition to data-driven focus and insights, this wide lens magnifies opportunities and integrates ways to meet goals, make a difference, and sustain successes over time.

Arrangements are easily made for consultations with clients from other areas of the United States and abroad.

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Ruth Schimel Ph.D. Translates Expertise and Experience Through:

Career and Life Management Consulting & Skill Development

Over 2,000 clients of varied ages, stages, and backgrounds have benefited from my personalized, effective career and life management services. With empathy and imagination, Ruth designs manageable strategies with her clients, focusing on strengths and self-sufficiency.

Management Consulting & University-Level Teaching

Online and phone approaches are tailored for guided collaborations and focused conversations. Powered by free supporting materials and seven books, a range of approaches include mutual mentoring, each-one-teach-one, and “unlearning.” Ruth inspires individuals, groups, and organizations to move beyond blocks.

Education & Writing

Ruth graduated from Cornell University, ILR, and received Masters and Ph.D. degrees from George Washington University. Her dissertation research on how everyday people discover and express their capacity for courage provided a basis for “Choose Courage: Step Into the Life You Want.”

Community Service

Started in 1998 with a vibrant Board, The Schimel Lode reflects Ruth’s parents’ values and community commitment. Together they manage a nontraditional foundation model focusing on collaboration and innovation for the public good in the Washington, DC area. As a Board member, Ruth also consults on professional and community projects and programs.

International Experience

Previously a U.S. diplomat working in India, Ecuador, and Guatemala, Ruth was chief of the consular section in Calcutta (now Kolkata). As a Foreign Service Officer at the State Department in Washington, DC, she led executive development, and the human resource management division. Ruth also wrote political, economic, and social analyses related to Latin America and Caribbean regions.

Ruth Helps You Answer these Important Questions:

  • Am I good match for my current job?
  • Where am I going next? How do I get there?
  • What is my greatest potential and how can I reach it?
  • How can I best fit together the pieces of the workplace/home life puzzle?
  • How can I make the time to attain my career?

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