Pamela Ruiz

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Global ecosystem catalyst Pamela Ruiz, in brief.

January 23, 2023
3 Minutes
Pamela Ruiz

Home: Washington DC metro.  Organization: Inteleos.  Title: Chief Business Development Officer.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  Significant other: My husband of more than 20 years, Orlando.  Languages spoken: English, Italian, conversational Spanish.

Current project: Improving maternal outcomes by creating the infrastructure for midwives to practice ultrasound in lower-resource areas around the world.  Recent personal development: Picking up a paintbrush after 35 years.  Latest accomplishment: Taking leadership of the global Ultrasound Proficiency Grand Challenge.  Overarching goal: To always be working towards a net positive impact. To lead with kindness and empathy.  To always be learning.  What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Becoming an athlete at 35.  Hobbies: Trail running, painting, traveling, spending time with my husband and three sons.  Last book read: Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet, by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Personality profile: ENFJ, Enneagram 8, Libra.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Authentic.  Moral compass: Putting myself in the other’s person’s shoes or circumstances.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Sincere, open, friendly, direct. What is your greatest fear? Something happening to my kids.  Or, something happening to me, because they need me.  What is your guilty pleasure? Organic dark chocolate, made with cane sugar and with sea salt from Latin America.  What natural talent have you neglected? Singing. Like a muscle, you have to condition and maintain it not to lose it.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Teachers and school administrators; nurses and midwives.

What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Scotch tape, so I could build things out of boxes and bags and construction paper and old coffee cans.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? The Color Purple.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? My kids’ artwork, my own paintings, family photos.  What’s the best advice you received growing up? Know what’s going on around you (Dad).  You never know what someone may be going through (Mom).  What’s the best advice you received in your career? Asking me what I want on my tombstone, i.e., what are my priorities and how do I want to be remembered?  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? GPS technology, specifically, Waze.  What is your go-to source of news and information? Twitter.  

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field?

Ensuring my organization has an inclusive and global mindset.

What change would you like to see in the world? For women to be prioritized – education, health, bodily autonomy – everywhere.  What message do you want to send out into the world? Be kind, lead with empathy.  

Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? Madeleine Albright.  Also, my great grandmother Candelora, who emigrated from Italy.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A florist and an artist.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? Nothing, it’s just stuff.  Family and the dog are all that really matter. How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? Loving on my husband and kids; eating all the food; walking in the woods with my dog.

Favorite quote: “Well-behaved women rarely make history” (Laurel Thatcher Ulrich).  Desired epitaph: She loved us fiercely and made this world a better place.

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