Ruth Lindeck Forman brings a broad spectrum of real-life experiences. She grew up in the Midwest with her immigrant parents who were wealthy, well recognized, and respected in Germany. She spent much of her childhood in a blue-collar neighborhood. In her early teens, her family moved to nearby upscale Bexley, Ohio, noted for their outstanding Bexley City School District system. In 1962, 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.
Ruth has been active in the field of speech and communication for more than fifty years. Upon graduation from OSU, she joined the OSU Speech and Hearing Clinic as a speech therapist. When she moved to Southern California, she joined a company that served individuals recovering from strokes and head traumas in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and home settings. In 1977, she received a Master of Arts Degree in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Thirty-five 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, writes, and has worked with individuals, couples, parents, teachers, students, staff, workers, physicians, nurses, medical administrators, business men and women. Ruth was 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 by newspapers in the United States, and has appeared on television in the United States and on radio and television in Nevis, West Indies.
In her 80s, Ruth remains active at CSUN, serving on the College of Health and Humanities Dean’s Circle Advisory Board, and a member of the President’s Associates and the Heritage Society. There, she also supports The Food Pantry, The University Library, and The Soraya, The Valley's Center for The Performing Arts. In summer 2021, Ruth’s works and book Soul to Soul Connection and Communication were noted in the CSUN Magazine, FORGING AHEAD in which she was honored as an “Ambassador for CSUN.” Her works, career, and a contributor to the Bexley Education Foundation Legacy Society also were noted in the BEXLEY HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI MAGAZINE 2021. She also supports numerous organizations that promote equality and justice and medical centers who service the most critical medical challenges.
In the late 90s, Ruth founded Communication Enhancement Press that published her previous editions of numerous titles, most noteworthy Communication Is Connection. Finally, the twenty-five-year labor of love culmination of Soul to Soul Connection and Communication will be published by Page Publishing in Hard Cover, Perfect Bound, and digital formats. These will be distributed through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and Apple in summer 2022. Later in the year, AUDIOBOOKS will be distributed through Amazon, Amazon Audible, and iTunes.
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 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 continues to advocate for equality and justice and bring differing people together.
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. Prior to the pandemic, since 1999, they mostly divided their time between California and Nevis, where they lived in a local village and fully immersed in local life. Sorely missing Nevis, and now as octogenarians, they hope to visit Nevis one more time.
Ruth enjoys nature, gardening, music, photography, writing, and being amidst children’s innocence, honesty, and frolic. She is blessed by her three adult children, her three children-by-marriage, and her six grandchildren, who are each icing on the cake. She is most blessed that her entire family get along, enjoy, and support each other. In Nevis, Ruth and Lee belong to the community. They are family to many and continue to participate in lifetime events, now mostly virtually. Many of their “island grands” who called them Nana Ruth and Papa Lee are now adults with their own families. A few live in the U.S.A., remain in close touch, and visit them in California. Rabbi Stan Levy, renown Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, may he rest in peace, and 101-year-old Blind Eileen of Zion Village in Nevis, may she rest in peace, 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.