I had the privilege of seeing the outcomes of Ruth’s TED-style training and event curation through The Ohio State University’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and I wanted to bring that type of experience to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her ability to transform how research-driven presenters convey information and help them give context to their science and data by telling a meaningful and compelling story is no small feat.
As a result, we developed our first-ever DISCOVERYx event where we heard the stories behind the science and were able to see a diverse group of committed professionals who, under Ruth’s guidance, found their voice and are motivating and inspiring our teams. And perhaps even more important, we’re seeing value far beyond our event as it is cultivating a culture of greater sharing and collaboration – those things that lead to breakthrough ideas that otherwise might not happen.
Lara McKenzie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
We approached Ruth based on her work with TEDx in Columbus and the desire to develop a similar event within the Infectious Disease Discovery Theme at Ohio State. Specifically, we wanted to help equip our faculty with the ability to ‘talk science’ in a way so that people both internally and outside our walls could understand it.
What we learned from Ruth and hosting a TED-style series of talks has exceeded our expectations. Our people were passionate about what they presented, and at times I had chills about what they were sharing, not just from their faculty member or scientist perspective, but as an emotionally vulnerable human being. This experience has informed the way we approach speaking opportunities going forward, has launched a speakers’ bureau to train more faculty members in this style, and even influences how we write grant proposals to advance our scientific work.
Cathie Smith, Ph.D., PMP
Executive Director, Infectious Disease Discovery Theme
The Ohio State University