Like many US Americans, Ruth’s grandparents were part of the great wave of immigration to the USA in the early 20th century. She grew up hearing stories of challenges and hardships, of kindness and support offered to “greenhorns” (newcomers), and the struggles and triumphs of learning to live in “The Golden Land”. As a result, she is passionate about helping others cross cultures and succeed in a new country.
Having lived, worked, and studied in the UK and France, Ruth has a first-hand understanding of intercultural transitions, as well as coming “home” to a place that doesn’t always feel like home. Ruth specializes in coaching professionals in the high-tech and IT areas, as well as in the hospitality, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, government, and agribusiness industries.
In addition to career coaching, she designs and delivers intercultural training and consulting for families in transition, project teams, and French and international schools. She has been a speaker for such organizations as the Alliance Française (National Speakers Bureau), the French-American Chamber of Commerce, and Meeting Professionals International.
Ruth is co-author of Au Contraire! Figuring Out the French, Cultural Detective: France, and Cultural Detective : Jewish Culture. She holds a master’s degree in Intercultural Relations with Antioch University McGregor. She is President of the House of Israel in Balboa Park in San Diego, and volunteers in Israel with Sar-el, where she works on army bases on logistics tasks such as packing medical supplies, parts inventory and packaging, and maintenance. Ruth lives in Oceanside, California, with a French husband and a bilingual cat.