Ruth Forman brings a broad spectrum of real-life experiences. She grew up in the Midwest with her immigrant parents, spending much of her childhood in a blue-collar neighborhood. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and a Certificate of Speech and Hearing Therapy from The Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus in 1962. Upon graduation, she joined the OSU Speech and Hearing Clinic as a speech therapist. When she moved to Southern California, she served individuals recovering from strokes and head traumas. In 1977, she received a Master of Arts Degree in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Northridge. Ruth has been active in the field of speech and communication for more than fifty years. Thirty years ago, she founded and directed Communication Enhancement, specializing in personal and intercultural communication. She consulted with people from more than thirty-five cultures and all walks of life. She teaches, lectures, and writes, and has worked with individuals, couples, parents, teachers, students, physicians, nurses, medical administrators, business men and women, and patients recovering from strokes in hospitals and long-term healthcare facilities. Ruth has been sought by Health Maintenance Organizations, Fortune 500 companies, insurance companies, law and accounting firms, professional organizations, medical malpractice insurance carriers, and those at the highest university level. She presented at annual national conventions including the American Speech and Hearing Association and the Society for Human Resources Management. She has written myriad articles which were published on local, national, and international levels, has been interviewed for newspapers in the United States, and has appeared on television in the United States and on radio and television in Nevis, West Indies.
All of Ruth’s work combines spirituality, connection, communication, and diversity. She declares that each person has the sole right to define who they are, and suggests that it is best if that definition is first guided by what is in the person’s heart and soul as a member of the human race. She encourages each person to live their dream. In this ideal, she also affirms that each person also has the right to live their dreams. Ruth is dedicated to helping people help themselves to gain a greater sense of value, worthiness, comfort, confidence, community, purpose, joy, self-actualization, fulfillment, and serenity. She inspires an appreciation, understanding, respect, and trust among all people, especially those of differing socioeconomic and/or cultural backgrounds and groups. She passionately advocates for equality and justice for all.
Ruth and her husband, Lee, have enjoyed decades of unusual, extensive travel in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. A quarter of a century ago, they traveled to a tiny, remote, exotic island called Nevis, West Indies, in the Caribbean, where they later built a home. Since 1999, they have mostly divided their time between California and Nevis, where they live in a local village and are fully immersed in local life.
Ruth enjoys nature, gardening, music, photography, writing, and being amidst children’s innocence, honesty, and frolic. She feels deeply blessed by her three adult children, their spouses, and her six grandchildren, who are each icing on the cake. In Nevis, Ruth and Lee belong to the community. They are family to many and continue to participate in lifetime events. Many of their “island grands,” who called them Nana Ruth and Papa Lee, are now adults and remain in close touch. Rabbi Stan Levy, renown Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, and 101-year-old Blind Eileen of Zion Village in Nevis, continue to eternally enrich her life. As an octogenarian, Ruth now lives in deep gratitude for the blessings of loved ones, her life’s journey, and the universe.