Spotlight Series: Meet Career Coach Beth Ruffin

1. Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi, I’m Beth and I’ve committed to making our world more inclusive through consulting, coaching, & speaking.  I have 20 years’ experience in Corporate America, in the Financial Services industry.  During that time, I was able to work my way up from an entry-level role to a management role, working with Fortune 500 executives.  With my last employer, I was able to create my own role, which has lead to my role today as a business owner.  Last year, I took the leap and quit my job to open my own consulting firm, The Everyday Inclusionist.  We guide organizations in the strategic development and implementation of diversity and inclusion programs.  Aside from being a business owner, I’m a mom to a new middle schooler and we like to travel and do art projects together.

2. What was your first job and how did you get it?

My first job was working at a drug store in my hometown.  When I was 14, I got a worker’s permit so that I could work and went to the store to apply.  It was pretty cool.  I stocked shelves and rang up customers and it was my first lesson in payroll, budgeting, and taxes. 

3. How did you decide and get to your career today?

Last year, I spoke at Disney World when I was still an employee.  I was part of a conference where people were getting paid THOUSANDS of dollars to speak and I was doing it for free because I was an employee.  That’s when I realized I could own my own career and help others do the same.  Within a month, I’d given my 2-week notice and quit my job. 

Fortunately, I’d done a good job of building my network as an employee, so as an employer, I had dozens of contacts that I could reach out to and partner with.  It’s been 7 months and I’ve already created a livable stream of income.  I love working for myself!

4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?

The advice I would give my younger self is “you are enough”.  We live in a world that continually tells us to be more – smarter, thinner, prettier, faster, busier etc.  And we don’t get a lot of messages that we are ok just where we are.  This does not mean that we don’t have room to improve, but it’s important to understand your value as you are NOW.  And to understand that you are enough just as you are NOW.  There is greatness inside of you NOW.  You can help someone NOW.  You are enough NOW

5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?

In 5 years, I’d like to be inspiring millions of people with my words – through speaking and writing.  I’d love to be considered an international expert on diversity and inclusion.

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