Follow My Footsteps: Ruthie Ackerman

Last week we chatted with Ruthie Ackerman, a consultant and one of our favorite women. In this next installation of the Ruthie series on our blog, we’ll follow her footsteps for a day as she takes us through one day in her life.

4:30 AM – My alarm goes off. Although I went to bed early the snooze button is my downfall. Five minutes later my alarm goes off again and I quickly wash up and jump into a taxi headed to JFK airport.

6:00 AM – Sitting in the terminal with my Starbucks coffee writing my to do list for the day. Although I travel

so we can see how much impact we have had in the last week. It is amazing to pick your head up and look at the big picture. When you have your head down working on the daily grind it is easy to forget how far you have come.

2:00 PM – Grabbing lunch near the hotel at a little diner. There is free wifi and the place is empty so I can spread out across a whole booth and use it as my office.

Lunch selfie! Free wi-fi makes for a working lunch.

2:15 PMA day is not complete without a crisis. Hop on a quick client call to clarify the direction we are going with our strategy. The good news is that we are all on the same page. Now we just have to figure out how to bridge the gap between where we are and where we want to be.

3:00 PM – Sneak off to the Museum of Contemporary Art for a quick peek while I am in town. I flew in a bit early today so I could get some culture in while I am in Chi-Town. I hate that feeling of flying into a city and only seeing the inside of a conference room. I may as well be anywhere. The Museum of Contemporary Art has a great gift shop too so I checked that out before heading back to the hotel. I have to tell you they don’t call Chicago the Windy City for nothing. It sure is windy!

5:00 PM – Call my husband to catch up on our days. Even though I travel a lot for work I try to make it a point to have a call with him every day. So much happens in 24 hours that it is important to download otherwise we will be living parallel lives and not know what the other is doing. I have read about how easy it is for marriages to grow apart and we consciously work to make sure that doesn’t happen to us.

5:30 PM – My friend Farah Mohammed, the founder of , arrives. We are sharing a hotel room for the conference so we jump right in and catch up for a few minutes about our work before she heads off to meeting and I finish up some work at my computer.

Taking it all in at the #WomenLeading Philanthropy Symposium

7:00 PM – Grab a glass of wine and dinner with friends in town for the conference. Although three out of six of us live in New York City our lives are so busy with work and travel that we rarely get to see each other. We spend the first hour talking about what’s happening in our lives and work, and then we dive into discussing how we can work together to change the world (or at least our part of the world).

10:00 PM – Reading in bed is one of my favorite parts of the day. I always bring my favorite magazines with me when I travel because it is a great time to find downtime on the plane and before bed. New York magazine, The New York Times magazine, Marie Claire and The New Yorker are some of my favorites – a good mix of high brow and low brow–to keep my on top of my game.

11:00 PM – Checking email one last time before bed. Studies show that checking email and using the Internet late at night is bad for our sleep patterns so I am trying to wean myself off. I am not quite there yet, but I have been using the Internet in moderation over the last month, which has meant being more conscious of my technological consumption. Com michael parsch elkamet kunststofftechnik gmbh 06461 / 930-0 michael.

11:30 PM – Drifting off to sleep. I have to get up early in the morning for the first day of the conference so I can be at the top of my game for networking and discussions throughout the day. I believe in Arianna Huffington’s philosophy of getting eight hours of sleep a night, which she talks about in her new book. Getting enough sleep is one of the best ways I can take care of myself so I do my best to prioritize it.

For more on Ruthie, check out her personal blog and to learn more about her work.