Nancy Arroyo Ruffin is a modern-day Renaissance woman who has spent a lifetime striving for success. A Baruch College graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, she has an MBA in Healthcare Management, is a wife and mother, and now writer can be added to that list of stellar achievements. Her first book was published in 2011 entitled “Welcome To Heartbreak,” a compelling memoir told through prose and poetry. Her latest book is titled “Letters To My Daughter” and is a series of short stories she is proud to share with her daughter, (hence the shared title) and the world. With the support of her family, friends, literary comrades and strong following, she is now ready to embark upon her latest project “F.I.E.R.C.E: Females Inspiring, Empowering, Recognizing and Cultivating Evolution.” When asked what does F.I.E.R.C.E. mean to Mrs. Ruffin, she so eloquently replied by saying “being a F.I.E.R.C.E. woman involves unity – unifying women across the board to provide opportunities by empowering women and having that be the legacy we push forward.”
The F.I.E.R.C.E. Woman Brunch took place on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Katarina Bar and Grill in Kew Gardens, NY. The place was full to capacity but all those in attendance were thrilled to be a part of Nancy’s project and what she hopes will become a series of events. Her aspirations is to provide a platform for all females (no matter the age) to feel empowered, inspired, and most importantly, motivated. The inspiration for this event was triggered by a guilty pleasure: reality-TV. However, after viewing a few episodes, she was left disenchanted – she grew tired of seeing women being pitted up against each other for the sake of ratings. She questioned herself, ‘how is this programming benefiical to women, and is this the legacy we want future generations mimicking?’ This was the fuse that pushed the incentive forward.
She had two guest speakers; both had different stories to tell but the commonality they shared was their perseverance to beat adversity. Life had handed both ladies more than one curveball, (i.e. job loss, divorce, homelessness) but they didn’t let those circumstances stand in their way. In fact, it provided a stronger foundation for what would eventually become their future endeavors. Both are now pioneering women and experts in their chosen professions. Keynotes of the brunch: attendees were asked, ‘what have you done today to reach your goal? If you haven’t started, then start today! Nothing is stopping you but you. Even if you’ve spent 5 minutes, you have already achieved something significant to push forward momentum – everything starts with initiative.’ — The Power of the F.I.E.R.C.E. Woman.
And as a final note, I just wanted to share an excerpt from Nancy’s latest book “Letter To My Daughter” that touched me and felt was parellel to this post. The poem is called “For the daughters I didn’t give birth to” and it reads as follows: “bask in the richness of your soul for the light that you have within can never be dimmed unless you allow it.” — Nancy Arroyo Ruffin, Letters To My Daughter.
Nancy has also recently been nominated for this year’s International Latino Book Awards under the category for “Best Poetry Book” – mucho congrats goes to her for this incredible accolade. To celebrate this achievement she will be having a book signing at La Casa Azul bookstore with a Q&A afterwards. Topics at hand will include: her source of inspiration, her writing process, and the self-publishing process. Book event will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 6 to 8pm. For more inquiries on Nancy’s books, or to stay in the loop with her latest endeavor F.I.E.R.C.E., please visit her homesite by clicking here. Los veo mi gente y hasta mi próxima publicación.
— Roz Baron