Inside My Head: Ruthie Ackerman

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Ruthie Ackerman is a consultant who works with brands and individuals on storytelling, marketing, and online community building. She traveled the world as a journalist for many years until realizing journalism was no longer her passion. After having many “meet for coffees” with everyone she knew, asking “What do you do? Do you love what you do?,” she began working for non-profits helping them connect with their audience and build communities of ambassadors. After experiences with companies such as Forbes, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and the Tory Burch Foundation, Ruthie set out on her own as an independent consultant where she enjoys the privilege of choosing her own clients and doing work she feels endlessly passionate about. Now, let’s get inside her head.

3WCircle: How do you define success?

Ruthie Ackerman: This is a tough one and I think it changes regularly. Overall success would be feeling happy, connected to friends, family and love, and not having to worry about money. For a long time I thought the treadmill of pushing myself into careers that just weren’t a good fit and running myself ragged was what I should be aspiring to, to be successful. Only recently have I taken a step back and really examined what success means for me. I’ll let you know when I find an answer!

How would someone close to you describe you in 3 words?

This is a great question, maybe I should ask my husband to answer! I would say extroverted, restless and passionate.

If you could have any superpower what would it be?

Teleportation. I hate flying and I have to travel a lot for work, so I wish I could teleport myself. A close second would be cloning so I could be in two places at once. There’s so much I want to do and never enough time!

Can you share a quote that inspires you?

What has been the hardest lesson for you to learn?

To be patient. To not be too hard on myself. To not be too hard on those around me.

Which decade would you want to live in and why?

This one! Look around, this is an amazing time to be alive. The technology and advances we have today have never existed in the history of the world. We have the best chance of any generation of changing the world.

What’s on your bookshelf, blog roll, or internet bookmarks?

I am always reading more than one book at once. I am currently reading by Melanie Notkin, but I also can’t wait to start by Rachel Kushner, and by James Wallman.

Who or what are your 3 lifelines?

My husband Erik Sanner, who is endlessly patient and a great listener. My friends and family who are supportive of me no matter what I am doing. I always thought I had to BE something to prove my worth to my friends and family. It was only recently that I realized that they love me no matter what I do. And my womb chair. It’s red and it inspires my best thinking.

What advice would you give to yourself 10 years ago?

Finish this sentence: I’m trying to get better in/at:

Being experiential.

Finish this sentence: I wish that there was more _____ in this world.

Time. There is never enough.

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