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To hire Ruth as a speaker contact:

Speaking Out 

(03) 9417 4443

Booked Out

(03) 9824 0177 or

Nice things people have said...


"...a raw emotional impact that affected everyone in the audience"

– Bruce Mowson, City of Moreland

"...very entertaining and had the audience engaged and excited the entire time."

– Lee Koffman, Emerging Writers Festival

"...creates a magnetic atmosphere which keeps people transfixed and, most importantly, wanting more."

– Ray Tiernan, Port Phillip Council

Being who we really are

Although I speak on a broad range of topics including mental health, psychology, the rights of children and the impact of war on veteran's families, the central theme of my speaking is the importance of being honest about who we are and the way things really are for us. Only from that place can we grow and connect as human beings.

Bespoke material tailored to your audience

Every organisation and audience is different. I engage with you to understand the issues you are facing and the outcome you want to achieve from your event. I then write and deliver unique and memorable material that bypasses the professional exterior and cuts through to people's heart.

Though I do love a bit of research and use a wide range of resources to educate as well as entertain, my speaking is based on lived experience, and my storytelling always comes from a place of felt truth.

I have delivered TEDx talks, keynotes, informal chats, spoken at White Ribbon events, delivered a grand round at the Royal Children's Hospital as well as participating in a wide variety of literary events.

Working with teenagers

I was school captain of my primary school and in the top ten students all through high school. But what no one knew was that I had a secret home life, living with a violent father and an alcoholic mother. Even when Mum moved 700 km and I completed year 12 without any parents at all, cooking and cleaning and paying bills for myself, no one found out. But keeping so many secrets for so long came at a price. I felt ashamed and unloveable and like if anyone knew the real me they would run a mile.


I love speaking to teenagers about the way I grew brave enough to begin sharing my real self and the things that I have learnt during many years of therapy to manage the anxiety, depression and anguish of being human in an imperfect world.

Adaptable and experienced

As well as being a TEDx speaker, I have participated in many panels, delivered keynotes and hosted events Australia-wide.

A place to connect

Let's share our stories, the good and the bad, and know that we are not alone.

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