INSPIRE • CONNECT • ACTIVATE • TRANSFORM
Storytelling is in my DNA. My late father, Dr. John Ruganda, was Uganda’s preeminent dramatist, and my mother, Hilda Rwabazaire Paqui, was an on-air Ugandan television personality and later a senior communications official with the United Nations Development Programme – sharing stories of people around the world whose lives were impacted by UNDP activities. Like them, I believe in the power of stories.
I am an international social entrepreneur, executive coach, educator, and speaker, and I help purpose-driven leaders worldwide to clarify, develop and share their stories in order to increase their impact. I believe that when you share your story, you invite others to learn what makes you unique, and you inspire them to support you…thereby amplifying your voice and enhancing your visibility.
The insights that I offer to my clients and students are informed by the lessons drawn from a 25+ year career during which I have: excelled in various corporate roles; founded and run three businesses; overseen the turnaround of the US arm of an international nonprofit organization (one of only four Nelson Mandela-endorsed organizations in the world); been an invited member of the U.S. Speaker Program at the U.S. Department of State; taught and guest lectured at top academic institutions around the world; delivered training that has transformed lives and organizations worldwide; and served in alumni leadership roles at all three of my alma maters.
With my first role models – my granny and my mom – at The Museum of Natural History in New York. They taught me about the importance of kindness, of creating social capital and of striving for excellence.
My professional experiences have taught me a great deal about perseverance, handling success, learning from setbacks, overcoming fear, navigating transitions, and managing relationships, as well as the importance of support systems, access to timely information, and an “internal GPS.” Of particular importance, I have learned how essential it is to be able to articulate what uniquely prepares you, and your organization, to understand and solve your stakeholders’ most pressing problems.
COVID has led many people to take stock of their lives and careers, and to place greater emphasis on doing meaningful work. I have chosen to dedicate this phase of my own career to helping social impact-driven leaders and entrepreneurs to shape successful and fulfilling lives and careers that will positively impact their communities and the wider world. With proper guidance, we can all identify our unique purpose and develop a roadmap for bringing that purpose to fruition, and my background, my interests, my extensive network and my hard-earned wisdom equip me to provide that sort of guidance.
I feel an urgency to do this work because so many people have invested generously in my own development and have provided opportunities for me to excel in my own life. As a believer in the principles of Ubuntu – an African term referring to the importance of recognizing our interconnectedness and lifting others up as we rise – I see my services as natural outgrowths of my own successes and the lessons I have learned.
Please review the following images and videos to learn more about my story, the services that I offer, and how I can help you or your business or organization. Then reach out with any questions. I look forward to meeting you!
With my mentor of nearly 30 years, the late Tom Pedulla. He taught me the importance of developing long-term and mutually beneficial relationships with clients, colleagues and collaborators.
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