Voice | Identity | Leadership
Ruth Akwése Nkemontoh is a Cameroonian-American cross-cultural bridge builder, leadership coach, and entrepreneurial spirit. Her initial educational background was in Communication Studies (B.Sc.) and Black Studies (B.Sc.), with a focus on inter-cultural communication and minority representation in media. After graduating college Akwése worked both domestically and internationally, across sector, in a variety of communications, outreach/engagement and community development roles.
It was through community organizing on a campaign to end youth gun violence that she was first introduced to leadership development as a field. Shortly after that initial exposure Akwése decided to re-focus her efforts on exploring local capacity building through transformative leadership practices. To do this, she began freelancing in the field. Since then she has been intrigued by the power of narrative, process facilitation and individual coaching in reconciling difference, building resiliency and moving people to action.
To further build upon and develop her skills in this realm, Akwése decided to advance her education through an MSW in Social Innovation and Leadership, with an emphasis on Global Practice. Through that, she was able to blend her passion for personal transformation with her deep call to social justice across the globe.
A lover of people and cultures Akwése believes that the core of human interaction revolves around understanding and connection. As an educator, facilitator and coach, she aims to increase cross-cultural dialogue, inspire change, and empower individuals in fully utilizing their unique voice and abilities.
Leadership Development Services
Specializing in the holistic development of global social change makers, Akwése's current workload is focused on supporting peace practitioners in SE Asia as well as health equity advocates in the US and across southern and eastern Africa.
Akwése has completed VISIONS 4-day Personal Approach to Change & Equity course, is certified in Facilitative Leadership from the Interaction Institute for Social Justice and trained in Marshall Ganz’ popular leadership development tools of "Public Narrative" and community organizing for "Leading Change" which she has used to train over 500 leaders within educational institutions, public health corporations and churches across the US. Additionally, she has completed 100+ hours of coach training through Coaching for Todays Leaders, an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program.
In 2018 Akwése founded LEADING WHOLE to support individuals in the inner work of building resilient, authentic and fulfilled lives of impact.
Along the journey you will be challenged, however you will always have support. I'll partner with you to uncover and unleash what you already have within so that you can live life in abundance-to your highest and truest expression of self.
Family & Relationships| Health & Wellness | Career | Faith & Spirituality| Purposeful Living
Facilitators help make the most of organizational resources by creating neutral space for staff processing and using demonstrated processes, tools and techniques for eliciting authentic, strategic and creative engagement in community workshops.
Race, Equity & Inclusion| Conflict Transformation | Leadership for Social Change | Resiliency