Ruth Clare


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Ruth designs and delivers customized motivational experiences that meet audiences at their pain points and take them on a journey to a new way of being and seeing. Grounded in her own lived experience overcoming adversity, she doesn't just inspire people to change, she shows them how.

Hi, I'm Ruth

For the past seven years, I’ve been speaking to audiences about the human problems that stop people and organisations being all they can be.

Sharing the personal challenges I have faced, I reassure people they are not alone in their struggles and doubts, offering a compassionate, human perspective on the things that are holding them back. I take audiences by the hand and by the heart, helping them see they are more capable than they think and more powerful than they know, sharing proven, actionable tools to reconnect them to their purpose and igniting their optimism, enthusiasm and courage. 

I am passionate about reminding those who help others that their work is making a difference and speaking to young people about the power they have to overcome challenges and define their destiny. 

I have spoken to health care and support workers, teachers and government organisations including The Melbourne Royal Children's Hospital, Anglicare, Berry Street, Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association, among others, as well as at dozens of educational institutions across Australia.

Helping your event succeed

Ruth’s former career as a communication strategist consulting to organizations like Citibank, Medtronic and ECINS, has taught her the power of clarifying objectives before offering solutions. She spends time working to define what event success looks like to you, adapting her presentation to ensure she delivers on your aims.

"What made working with Ruth an absolute pleasure was her down-to-earth nature and approachability. She remained humble and relatable throughout the entire process and her willingness to listen, collaborate, and tailor her speech to meet the specific needs of our event was truly commendable."

Luke Lindsay, CEO Lifeline

Not just a one-time experience, but a transformative journey that left us feeling inspired, motivated, and empowered.

Luke LindsayLuke LindsayCEO Lifeline

The response from your speech has been astounding… the most important presentation of the year.

Dani GoldDani GoldRoyal Children’s Hospital

I have never seen our VCE cohort so engaged.

Sarah BlythmanSarah BlythmanCasey Grammar School

Ruth’s willingness to be vulnerable in front of a crowd creates a magnetic atmosphere that keeps people transfixed.

Ray TiernanRay TiernanPort Phillip City Council

A wonderful and evocative presentation that profoundly moved participants.

Nada LaneNada LanePresident, CPPAA

Highly intelligent … very entertaining … had the audience engaged and excited the entire time.

Dr Lee KoffmanDr Lee KoffmanEmerging Writers Festival

Why Ruth?

  • TEDx talk > 500,000 views
  • Award-winning author: A master storyteller who weaves cutting edge research, ancient wisdom around relatable personal stories 
  • Mental health expert: Combining insights from own mental health journey with decades of research, Ruth shares powerful tools that transform people's lives
  • Professional actor: Authentic, entertaining and unflappable presence developed over years as a stage, television and film actor
  • Qualified biochemist: Turns the complex neuroscience and biology of behaviour into simple, actionable tools that change lives
  • Compassion born of experience: Open and vulnerable about her own challenges, Ruth creates instant and powerful audience connections 

Be the change you want to see

I want to be a part of making society a better place, especially for those who are most vulnerable. I speak to organizations and media, sharing my lived experience, research and perspective on:

– the need to include children's experiences in domestic violence 
– barriers to help-seeking and mental health services for young people
– the impact of military experience on veterans and veteran families
– overcoming the impact of childhood trauma and neglect
– the impact of generational trauma
– the impact of c-PTSD
– the impact of ADHD

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description and topics

Ruth Clare is an award-winning author, TEDx and motivational keynote speaker, professional actor, qualified scientist and authenticity, resilience and change expert who learned by necessity, first to survive, then to thrive. Ruth weaves research and hard-won lessons with powerful, relatable stories from her lived experience overcoming adversity, to help others find the courage to own the stories that are holding them back so they can rewrite their lives. With a rare knack for distilling the neuroscience and psychology of human behaviour into simple ideas and practical strategies, Ruth shows people how to embrace uncertainty, stay hopeful when times are tough and harness their potential for growth and change. Ruth’s TEDx talk, The Pain of Hiding Your True Self, has had over half a million views.