Alumna talks about reengaging your career
December 9, 2015
Ruth Ross ’79, who speaks about how to reengage in your life and career, spoke to Syracuse University alumni on Nov. 10 at Maggiano’s Little Italy at The Grove in Los Angeles. Ross was formerly the executive vice president of human resources at Wells Fargo and has held HR leadership positions at Estee Lauder, Charles Schwab, Citibank, and American Express.
Ross started her journey in motivational speaking when she woke up one day and realized she was no longer happy in her executive position at Wells Fargo. Upon that realization, she left all the perks and benefits that come with being an executive at a Fortune 500 company and discovered her new passion: helping people reengage in their own lives through her writing and motivational speaking. She has written a book, “Coming Alive: The Journey to Reengage Your Life and Career.”
Low productivity stemming from workplace disengagement is staggering and costs employers $500 billion a year in the US alone, Ross says. Additionally, 70% of Americans say they are currently disengaged in their jobs – that is seven out of every ten employees. Ross presented these statistics and ideas for reengagement followed by a lively discussion about identifying workplace disengagement. The discussion focused largely on how engagement in the workplace can increase productivity, and also knowing when it’s time to leave a job when you’re not feeling engaged.
Earlier this year, Ross was featured at the highly esteemed Author Talks at Google series and she continues to travel the country to deliver her message about personal empowerment.
Written by Adela Hadzic, a public relations major participating in the SULA Semester program.