Public Speaking

Public Speaker for Your Audience’s Personal and Professional Progress

Let’s discuss how a tailored, interactive, intriguing talk will benefit and motivate your audience. My experience with professionals from a range of cultures, ages, interests and educational backgrounds, as well as original content, will build the bridges from comfort zones to beneficial action.

Explore topics for talks below.

Ruth is ready now to speak and provide workshops and other opportunities for development related to how to prepare for the future of work. Information about the content of “Happiness and Joy in Work: Prepare for Your Future”, is provided here. Please call her at 202.659.1772 or email to discuss applications and value for your situation.


In addition to your ideas and combinations of the following topics, here are themes to consider:


  • Building teams and trust
  • Using conflict as a positive catalyst
  • Encouraging your own and others’ originality
  • Infusing charm and care in interpersonal skill building
  • Using storytelling to inspire, engage, and lead
  • Listening as a key to effective communication and relationships


  • Expressing your courage
  • Developing your career from the inside out
  • Mastering mutual mentoring
  • Preparing for the future of work
  • Taking your leadership and management skills to the next levels
  • Clarifying expectations for yourself and others


  • Identifying how to make the most of your present situation
  • Getting the attention and recognition you merit
  • Making stress work for you
  • Opening windows to your wisdom
  • Unfreezing your professional life: beyond fears of success and failure


  • Creating worthwhile collaborations in work, love, friendship, and/or play
  • Transcending silos and specializations
  • Encouraging happiness and joy in work
  • Expanding career development repertoires of helping professionals* for themselves and their clients (*psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, community and nonprofit professionals, for example)

Among other audiences, I do public speaking for:

Professional organizations and groups

Groups within organizations

Community groups

Social groups

Audiences in educational settings

Energy and interaction are encouraged with questions and responses adapted to the concerns and curiosity of your audience. To brace the process, related free handouts can be provided before and after the talk. Also, my “Choose Courage” book and handbook series are available for continuing development.

Costs and arrangements will reflect design and preparation, group size, materials, length and location of the talk, and other related aspects. I look forward to our conversation about your interests and needs.


Below are some examples of recent workshops, training, and facilitation experience.

In addition to three years as Chief, Executive Development for the State Department as a diplomat and manager of The Schimel Lode, promoting innovation and collaboration for the public good in the DC area since 1998:

  • Society for Human Resource Management (DC SHRM)
  • Washington Network Group
  • Temple Micah
  • Cornell Club DC
  • The Association for Women in Communications, Washington DC Chapter
  • District of Columbia Metropolitan Area Dietetic Association
  • Cornell Entrepreneur Network
  • Washington Independent Writers
  • Forty Plus
  • 9th and 10th Annual Public-Private Partnership Conference (Sponsored by DC Government)
  • Greater Washington Women’s Network
  • American Association of University Women
  • Association of Haitian Professionals
  • DC Web Women
  • Women’s Bar Association
  • Society for Technical Communication
  • Inova Health System
  • Unitarian Universalist Church

Let’s explore possibilities and opportunities, discuss your goals, or start planning your group’s event.