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Interview with Debra Ruh

by | Apr 23, 2019 | Interviews,

Debra Ruh

Debra Ruh

CEO & Founder at Ruh Global

Key Topics:Disability Inclusion, Gender Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Tech for Good, WomenInTech, Impact Investing and SDGs
Location:Virginia, USA

Debra Ruh is a Global Disability Inclusion Strategist, Digital Inclusion, Market Influencer, SDGs, Impact Investing, Gender Equity and internationally recognized keynote speaker, published author, branding expert, successful entrepreneur, and an mother of daughter with Down syndrome. Debra is host of popular program: Human Potential at Work (Audience in 86 countries) and AXSCHat one of worlds largest twitter chat in the world with over 8 Billion tweets.

How did you get to become an expert in gender equality, diversity & inclusion?

I started in the banking industry then rose to executive level where I stayed for 25 years. I Created TecAccess in 2001 and built it to multimillion $ firm, which was then sold in 2011. Most of my team were technologists with disabilities.  I created Ruh Global in 2013, changed the name in 2019 to Ruh Global Impact.  I have been selected by the UN to run their WomenInTech Taskforce for USA in 2019.  I was invited by the President of the UN to speak before the Committee of State Parties (all the countries) on disability inclusion in 2016. I speak about making the world a better place by helping brands include everyone including persons with disabilities.  Plus I am engaged in Social Impact, Social Good, Tech for All, Inclusion of All, SDGs, Impact Investing and helping multinational brands understand how to show their customers their social impact and CSR efforts.

Which topics are you most passionate about?

Women In Tech, Gender Equity, Disability Inclusion, Tech For Good, Impact Investing, SDGs, Digital Inclusion, Inclusion Branding, Climate Change, Sustainability, Social Impact, Social Good and Diversity and Inclusion.

Which influencers influence you within those key topics?

Outside of your key topics who else influences you?

Anyone that is making the world a better place for all.

How would you describe your offline influence?

I speak all over the world for the UN, World Bank and Multi-National Corporations.  I have also been invited to speak at next years World Economic Forum.

What brands have you worked with?

Here are a few:  UN, UNESCO, ILO, UNICEF, UN Women, Valuable 500, World Bank, Accenture, AT&T, Verizon, Capital One, Barclays, Wells Fargo, TD Bank, Google, Atos, Amazon, MS, HP, Canon, PG, Tommy and many more.

If a brand wanted to work with you, which activities would you be most interested in collaborating on?

I collaborate in many ways with brands, podcasts, webinars, white papers, speaking opportunities, product innovation, video interviews, tweet chats, training, seminars, co-writing blogs, eBooks and other ways.

Which non-paid activities would you be keen to take part in if the opportunity raised your profile or delivered value to your audience?

I’d be keen to co-create long form content such as blogs, white papers, ebooks, etc. I could participate in a podcast or webinar or provide a quote for an article. I would consider sharing / create a social post if it was relevant to my work. I would consider attending an event if my expenses were covered. I would write a product review, participate in online chat and create video content if the topic was relevant to my audience.

What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?

You can contact me through my website here or via my social pages (links at the top of this blog).