MEET THE HONOREES
The 100 Women to KNOW Across America Award, presented by JPMorgan Chase is a recognition that showcases the most influential, achieved, and honorable women in our society. Following a nomination and interview process, these women entrepreneurs, executives, creatives, and philanthropists have not only grown their dreams, but have created boundless opportunities for the next generation of female leaders. These women exemplify what it means to be high-achieving and ambitious on the next level and continue to pour into their communities as they do so.
Natalie Ruiz | AnswerConnect
Natalie Ruiz is the CEO of AnswerConnect. While she is a CEO now, she started her career with the company as an entry-level temporary employee — and almost quit during her first week because she wasn’t sure the job or the company was the right fit. Natalie often says that her path to success has been unconventional — and that’s one of the aspects that fuels her to continue to challenge assumptions about what work, success, and the concept of balance in life look like. Natalie is an award-winning executive who has been recognized as Female Executive of the Year and for Women Helping Women by the Stevie Award Association and a Woman of Influence by the Portland Business Journal. She is a revered leader because of her outstanding business results, willingness to experiment and innovate, and her authenticity. In all she does, Natalie aims to leave people and places better than she finds them.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Nothing is going to happen the way you think it will; it’s going to be much, much better- but first, it’s going to be really hard. Hang in there! Also, never feel badly about staying true to yourself. Lots of people won’t understand you, and that’s ok – they’re not your people.
What is your favorite quote?
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”