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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...



"The response from your speech has been astounding. So many emails, calls and conversations already… the most important grand round of the year. Many, many thanks from our our executive sponsor and our
whole team.”

– Dani Gold, Royal Children's Hospital


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

– Bruce Mowson, City of Moreland

“Your presentation was both inspirational and much aligned with our school’s values i.e. follow your passion and don’t give up! I
have never seen our VCE cohort so engaged.”

– Sarah Blythman, Head of careers and student pathways, Casey Grammar

“Thank you so much for your wonderful and evocative presentation. From all the feedback
we have received I know people were profoundly moved by your heartfelt account. It truly was a memorable presentation.”

– Nada Lane, President, Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association Australia (CPPAA)

"...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

Speaking about resilience and overcoming adversity

They say whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Ruth is the living embodiment of that. Hers is a story about never being defeated, no matter what life throws at you. It is about taking setbacks and using them as power to drive you forward. It is about defining your own truth, letting yourself be seen, and being brave enough to stand up for what is right. Ruth shows us all how to have our own backs and gives us the tangible steps each of us can take to foster more hope, take action and create the life we want.

Her speaking will leave you feeling both humbled and uplifted about the way you can live your life and perform more authentically at home and work.

Ruth’s resilence keynote speeches will help you:
— Build your sense of personal power and control
— Understand the relationship between setting goals and generating hope

— Break even the biggest dreams into achievable steps
— Tolerate the uncomfortable feelings that are key to your growth
— Embrace life’s curve balls

— Re-think the nature and role of resilience
— Transform obstacles into opportunities
— Trick yourself into a positive mindshift when you are feeling low
— Unlock the power of your dark stories without letting them define you
— Be brave enough to be authentic and let your real self be seen
— Learn how compassion for self can unlock forgiveness for others

— Reframe yourself from victim to victor

Speaking themes

Ruth Clare will take you on a journey to a childhood spent with a violent father and an alcoholic mother and how, despite the chaos, she learned to focus on the things within her control, become school captain and a
graduate in the top ten students of her year.

Determined not to be a victim of her past, Ruth will share how her habit of setting goals, yet always planning to fail, allowed her to persist in the challenging world of acting, landing her gigs in Neighbours, Blue Heelers
as well as short films, plays and commercials.

She will also reveal how this same approach allowed her to write the award-winning memoir that sparked a bidding war between five of the largest publishers in Australia.

You’ll experience how Ruth’s fight left her for a while, forcing her to manage the anxiety she had been running from for so long by living in the present. And how she finally reached out for support to move past her defence mechanisms and heal her psychological wounds , a process that helped her develop deeper compassion, self-kindness and wisdom.

More than just the story of her life, Ruth will also draw on insights she has gained after decades of study into the nature of hope, resilience, authenticity, courage and determination to create a framework that we
can all use to create the life we dream of.

A gifted storyteller, who brings the performance skills gained as a professional actor, Ruth uses vulnerability, passion, humour and a genuine love of connecting with a crowd to engage and deeply affect audiences. She shares her journey in an expansive, inspiring and universal way that
will touch your heart and invite you to think deeply about what you can do to move forward in all areas of your life.

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.

In addition to my motivational talks I have also spoken on: the psychological impact of war on veterans and their families, the importance of the child voice in the conversation around domestic violence, the role of help seeking in achieving psychological health, the value of difficult conversations and emotions.

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 have a genuine love of speaking to teenagers. My talks at school often end in open, direct conversations with individual students who may not have spoken about their issues before. In these conversations we share our struggles with anxiety, depression, negative thinking, crappy parents and being an imperfect human in an imperfect world. This process of identifying that problems exist is the first step in supporting teenagers in seeking the help they need.

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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