Nancy A. Ruffin is a 4x award winning writer and transformation coach committed to empowering individuals to discover their purpose and live their best lives. She has authored and published four books. Her essays and articles have been featured on The Huffington Post, Medium, Elephant, The Manifest-Station, Latin Trends Magazine among other online journals.  In March 2018, Nancy was also featured in Latina Magazine for the transformative work she does with her annual strategic goal setting workshops.

 

The self-proclaimed Latina Oprah, goal setting guru and mamipreneur works with men and women on the brink of change and reinvention. Her commitment to inspiring individuals to achieve their goals, fulfill their dreams, and live their best lives is what drives most of Nancy's work. A community activist and social justice advocate, Nancy is a firm believer in the West African concept of sankofa. Sankofa is an Akan term that literally means, “to go back and get it.”  Loosely interpreted, sankofa's principle is simple, as we rise and excel it is our responsibility to reach back and help others.

 

As the host of the Tecla nominated weekly podcast, The Nancy Ruffin Show (formerly known as The Empowerment Hour podcast, she uses her platform to inspire and empower individuals to live life on their own terms. Through  personal anecdotes and storytelling Nancy demonstrates how discovering the power within can be used to turn obstacles into opportunities, trials into triumphs, and grit into glory by overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges and succeeding in the process. 


A graduate of Bernard Baruch College, Nancy has a B.A. degree in Accounting and an MBA in Healthcare Management from The University of Phoenix. A seasoned speaker, facilitator, host, and writer, Nancy has been invited to share her work at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), has given key note speeches at various schools, universities and corporate events including but not limited to The Cedarmore Corporation's 2019 Lifting As We Climb Annual fundraising gala,  United Bank of Switzerland's Hispanic Heritage Celebration (UBS), the NYC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's 10th annual Women in Business Lunch, at the iconic El Museo del Barrio in Harlem, the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe, El Taller Latino Americano’s 50 Years of Change Art & Reading Series honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., among others. 

Nancy Ruffin

The Latina Oprah

Currently Nancy serves on the Board of Directors for The Where I’m From Foundation for the Arts (WIFFA), a non-profit organization committed to providing resources that enrich school arts programs to educate, engage, and empower. Through WIFFA, Nancy partnered with Christ the King Elementary School in the Bronx, NY to work with the fourth grade class in The Young Authors Program, a writing program she created and that Principal, Tara Braswell has implemented into the school curriculum.

Lastly Nancy is the founder and Executive Director for The F.I.E.R.C.E Woman Organization™, an organization whose mission is committed to empowering all women and creating a platform that elevates, amplifies, and recognizes the next generation of women leaders. Through its Power UP initiative women benefit from a wide array of workshops and training programs that include but are not limited to financial literacy, job training and resume writing, career development, entrepreneurship development, business planning, strategic goal setting, work/life balance, confidence building, and personal development. We believe that with the right resources, tools, and training women will Power UP and blaze trails of positive change that will leave a lasting impact in our communities for years to come.

 

Additionally, Nancy is a 2014 Alumn of the Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA ) writing cohort where she attended the Summer 2014 one week writing residency at UC Berkeley and studied under the tutelage of Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz, Elmaz Abinader, Mat Johnson, Chris Abani, M.Evelina Galang, Patricia Smith, Willie Perdomo, and Stacyann Chin. She was also selected to participate in the VONA  Summer 2016 and Summer 2017 one week writing residency at the University of Miami and UPENN, respectively.

 

Lastly and most importantly, Nancy has been married to the love of her life for the past 20 years and is the mother to two beautiful daughters ages 7 and 3. She resides with her husband and their daughters in New Jersey.

DISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE AND COMMIT EVERY DAY TO FULFILLING IT. 

WHEN IT'S ALL SAID AND DONE, PEOPLE WON'T REMEMBER YOUR RESUME. THEY'LL REMEMBER HOW MUCH OF YOURSELF YOU GAVE TO THE SERVICE OF OTHERS.

NANCY A. RUFFIN

PARTNER WITH NANCY

A celebrated collaborator, Nancy welcomes the opportunity to join forces with corporations, brands, organizations, and universities that are looking to empower women and girls. Known for being an energizing speaker, she has presented on topics ranging from cultural pride and diversity, personal development, branding, entrepreneurship, girl power, to what it's like being a working mom and managing a successful home/family life. 

WAYS TO PARTNER

KEY NOTE SPEAKER

EVENT HOST

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

WORKSHOP FACILITATOR

BRAND AMBASSADOR

SOCIAL MEDIA + INFLUENCER ENGAGEMENT

BRANDED CONTENT INTEGRATION

ACCOMPLISHMENTS & RECOGNITION

  • 2019 Key Note Speaker for The Cedarmore Corporation's Lifting As We Climb Annual Fundraiser.

  • Partnered with Prospanica to raise funds for the annual college scholarship fundraiser. Spring 2019

  • Partnered with Hostos Community College to bring her successful and highly requested strategic planning and goal setting workshop to the school.  Fall 2018 & Spring 2019.

  • Was invited to share her work at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 2018.

  • Partnered with Foster Care Unplugged and PCNY to raise funds for the 2018 10K Back Pack Drive. Collectively we raised over $60,000 & gave away 10,000 backpacks filled with back to school supplies.

  • Featured in Latina Magazine, March 2017

  • Awarded the 2017 International Latino Book Award for Best Self Help Book for her book Live On Purpose.

  • Awarded the Blogher 2017 Voices of the Year Award. 

  • Awarded the Blogher 2016 Voices of the Year Award.

  • Selected to participate in the Summer 2017 and 2016 Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) one week writing residency at the University of Miami.

  • Selected to be a Huffington Post Blog content creator.

  • Content creator for Medium.com

  • Launched The Empowerment Hour podcast. Now known as The Nancy Ruffin Show

  • Selected to be the keynote Speaker for Union Bank of Switzerland’s (UBS) 2014 Hispanic Heritage Celebration.

  • Nancy’s sophomore  book, Letters To My Daughter, was a 2014 Finalist for Latino Literacy’s Now, International Latino Book Award for Best Poetry Book -English.

  • CEO and founder of The F.I.E.R.C.E Woman Foundation, an organization committed to uplifting, supporting, & empowering women.

  • Successfully created and launched the Power of the F.I.E.R.C.E Woman campaign. A campaign designed to recognize outstanding women committed to the evolution and empowerment of themselves and their fellow women.

  • Worked with the students of Christ the King Elementary School in the Bronx and was integral in publishing a book of poetry written by the fourth grade class.

  • Was the primary source responsible for raising money to fund the equipment, resources, and supplies necessary for a new computer lab at Christ the King Elementary School.

  • 2014 Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) Alumn

  • Selected by Latino Literacy Now to be a 2014 NAHP José MartÍ Award judge.

 

    EDUCATION
  • Gold Level Lean Certification (Lean Process Improvement Methodology), 2012 Simpler Education

  • Green Belt, Lean Six Sigma, 2010 Breakthrough Management Group

  • MBA, Master of Business Administration, 2008 University of Phoenix.

  • B.A., Bachelor of Arts, 2004, Baruch College.