Ruth has over 25 years experience in training and consultancy, particularly in the management communications area. Areas of specialisation include: leadership and team building, effective presentation techniques, negotiation techniques, cross-cultural communication, influencing skills, coaching for performance and managing people.

In Washington DC, Ruth coordinated training programmes financed by international institutions such as the World Bank, embassies and the Inter American Development Bank. In Milan, she worked at a large consultancy company which was the Italian affiliate of a Danish multinational delivering a variety of management seminars around Italy in the Italian language.

For a second consultancy company based in Bologna, Ruth was the head of International Training Programmes, managing contracts in Africa, South America, Europe and Russia. As part of a joint venture with the Plekhenov University in Moscow, she designed and managed a general management training programme in which over 600 Russian managers participated.

She has also taught International Human Resource Management at the Milan Campus of the MBA programme of San Xavier University and Cross Cultural Communication courses for Universities in Milan and Bologna.

American (USA) by birth, Ruth is a naturalised Italian & holds Lebanese citizenship by marriage. Ruth’s mother tongue is English although she frequently trains in Italian and Spanish. In 1994 she published a book on effective presentations: Saper Presentare, Franco Angeli Editore, Milano. Her second book: L’Arte delle Negoziazione Interculturale, was published in April 2000.

A member of the PPI network she has significant experience developing and delivering management development programmes for a client base ranging from large multinationals to medium-sized companies, and from the co-operative to the public sector. Clients have included : Autodesk, Barilla, Foster Wheeler, Glaxo, Reuters, Schlumberger, Sun Microsystems, ST Microelectronics, Unilever, Zambon Farmaceutica and Zeneca

Ruth-Ann Lake holds a University degree in International Relations from Universidad de Las Americas in Puebla, Mexico and two postgraduate degrees: Master of Public Administration with a specialisation in International Business and a Master of Science in Business Communications obtained at The American University, Washington DC.   She has lived in the USA, Latin America and Europe, in particular, Northern Italy where she has been based since 1982.

A single mom living with her daughter, Lily, just outside Milan, Italy.  Personal interests: reading fiction and non fiction, swimming laps, travelling, networking, learning in general., organizing fun activities such as Halloween, ice cream parties and tie dye parties with my daughter.