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Dr. Ruth Gotian hosts a weekly show called “Optimizing Success.” She hosts high achievers as they discuss their road to success and what lessons can be learned from their journey. Hot topics include finding your passion, mentorship, sponsorships, developing a network, imposter syndrome, being known as an expert and showing gratitude.
The events are hosted live on Mondays at 8 PM EST and can be viewed on Facebook at The Mentor Project.

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Dr. Ruth Gotian routinely publishes in media journals just as Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Scientific

American, and in academic journals such as Academic Medicine, Nature, Journal of Clinical Investigation, and British Journal of Anesthesia.

Ruth Gotian (2022). Scott Hamilton Shows That The Greatest Strength is a Lack of Weakness, Forbes, February 17, 2022  


Ruth Gotian (2022). Why Do Most Projects Fall Short of Expectations? Forbes, February 15, 2022        


Ruth Gotian (2022). Mentoring Doesn’t Need to Be a Trial and Error Practice. Forbes, February 8, 2022.           


Ruth Gotian (2022). Getting More Out of Your Mentoring Relationship. Forbes, February 1, 2022       


Ruth Gotian (2022). An Urgency to Lead, Support and Retain High Achievers, Psychology Today, January 30, 2022        


Ruth Gotian (2022). Thinkers50 Names the Next Group of 30 Top Management Thinkers to Watch. Forbes, January 25, 2022       


Ruth Gotian (2022). Forefront: The Program Developing the Top Leaders of Tomorrow, For Free. Forbes, January 21, 2022


Ruth Gotian (2022). Wy Ordering Takeout Can Help Your Employee’s Ability to Learn. Forbes, January 18, 2022     

Ruth Gotian (2022). One Woman Who Helps Millions of People She Will Never Meet. Forbes, January 11, 2022           


Ruth Gotian (2022). Your Multiple Open Computer Tabs Are Slowing You Down. Forbes, January 4, 2022      


Ruth Gotian (2021). Why Some People Ask Questions Which are None of Their Business. Forbes, December 30, 2021       


Ruth Gotian (2021). Stop Being a Statistic and Reclaim Your Career. Forbes, December 29, 2021           


Ruth Gotian (2021). 10 Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence. Forbes, December 28, 2021.          


Ruth Gotian (2021). 9 Ways to Kick Off a Conversation with Someone You Don’t Know. Forbes, December 26, 2021        


Ruth Gotian (2021). Inside the Weekly Zoom Room That Has Met Since April 2020. Forbes, December 23, 2021.   

Ruth Gotian (2021). Creative Ways for Students to Optimizing Their Internship and Job Search. Forbes, December 21, 2021


Ruth Gotian (2021). Advice from Astronauts On Returning to a New Normal. Forbes, December 14, 2021.           

Ruth Gotian (2021). Where Do the Top Management Thinkers Get Their Breakthrough Ideas? Forbes, December 7, 2021    


Ruth Gotian (2021). 4 Ways to Shine at Networking Events. Psychology Today, December 5, 2021    


Ruth Gotian (2021). Considering a Career Change? Look at Your Weekends for a Clue. Forbes, November 30, 2021            


Ruth Gotian (2021). Leadership Cannot Be a One Size Fits All Approach, Psychology Today, November 25, 2021         


Ruth Gotian (2021). If You Want to Succeed, Befriend Your Competitors. Forbes, November 23, 2021


Ruth Gotian (2021). Holidays are the Perfect Time To Reach Out to Your Network. Forbes, November 16, 2021  


Ruth Gotian (2021). It’s Not Just for Kids, Adults Need Recess Too. Forbes, November 9, 2021   


Ruth Gotian (2021). Retirees, The Key People Who Can Make or Break Your Career. Forbes, November 2, 2021  

Ruth Gotian (2021).If You Want to Improve Your Happiness, Get in the Zone. Forbes, October 29, 2021        

Ruth Gotian (2021). A Nobel Prize Winner’s Best Mentoring Advice. Forbes, October 26, 2021           


Ruth Gotian (2021). To Achieve Long Term Success, Slow Down, Psychology Today, October 24, 2021       

Ruth Gotian (2021). Are You Ready To Return to In Person Conferences? Forbes, October 19, 2021      


Ruth Gotian (2021). Hello, You Won the Nobel Prize. Forbes, October 12, 2021       


Ruth Gotian (2021). From Yellow Beret to Nobel Prize: A Special Time at the NIH. Forbes, October 5, 2021   

Ruth Gotian (2021). Lessons From Televisions Shark Tank to Get Your Message Heard. Forbes, September 30, 2021           


Ruth Gotian (2021). Texas Roadhouse: Building a Company Where People Want to Come to Work. Forbes, September 28, 2021        


Ruth Gotian (2021). When Good Work is Rewarded with More Work. Forbes, September 21, 2021         


Ruth Gotian (2021). What Do You Fear More, Missing Out or Failure? Forbes, September 14, 2021


Ruth Gotian (2021). Why Your Confidence Does Not Replace Someone Else’s Experience. Forbes, September 7, 2021


Ruth Gotian (2021). You Are More Than Numbers: Reimagining College Admissions. Psychology Today, September 1, 2021         


Ruth Gotian (2021). Leaders Don’t Always Need to Lead. Forbes, August 31, 2021   


Ruth Gotian (2021). When Slowing Down Can Help You Be More Productive. Forbes, August 24, 2021


Ruth Gotian (2021). Half the Workforce is Leaving. Here’s What You Can Do About It. Forbes, August 17, 2021

Ruth Gotian (2021). Even Olympians Face Doubt. Psychology Today, August 15, 2021

Why Your Vision May Be Nothing More Than an Idea, Forbes, August 3, 2021


What Covid Taught Us About Leading with Grace, Psychology Today, July 28, 2021

7 Olympic And Paralympic Champions Share Memories Of Winning Their Gold Medal, Forbes, July 27, 2021

Free Food And Laundry - Olympians Share Their Best Memories, Forbes, July 23, 2021

From Diamond In The Rough To Shining Star; Becoming The Mentee Everyone Wants, Forbes, July 20, 2021


No Promotion? How to Prevent Yourself from Becoming Expendable, Forbes, July 13, 2021


How the Greatest in the World Reverse Engineer Success, Forbes, July 6, 2021


Negative Experiences: Stick Like Velcro or Glide Off Like Teflon?, Forbes, June 29, 2021


Why ‘Fake It Until You Make It’ Might be Sabotaging Your Career, Forbes, June 22, 2021


5 Steps to Turn Your Idea Into a Powerful TED-Worthy Story, Forbes, June 15, 2021


Why Some People Seem to Be Getting What They Want, Forbes, June 8, 2021


What Causes Honest People to Become Dishonest?, Psychology Today, June 6, 2021


Too Distracted? Learn How to Be Where Your Feet Are, Forbes, June 1, 2021    


Thank you or Thx? Why Your Emails Might Hint at Your Passive-Aggressiveness, Forbes, May 28, 2021


5 Steps to Being More Courageous As We Return to Work, Forbes, May 25, 2021     


Why Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan Kept Winning On and Off the Court, Forbes, May 18, 2021


6 Reasons Why Some People Dream and Others Achieve, Forbes, May 11, 2021       


Six mentoring tips as we enter year two of COVID, Nature, June 11, 2021 


How Sending A Thank You Note Changed One Person’s Career, Forbes May 4, 2021     


Overcoming Anxiety At Work, Psychology Today, May 3, 2021


From College Students to Entrepreneurs: Meet the Gen-Z Startup Redefining Hot Sauce, Forbes, April 29, 2021


Why You Earned The Right To Have Imposter Syndrome, Psychology Today, April 28, 2021


Overcoming Pandemic Exhaustion: How To Take An Effortless Approach to Achieve More, Forbes, April 27, 2021


Disheartened by Lack of Progression at Work? Here’s How To Turn Displeasure Into Success, Forbes, April 20, 2021


Pandemic Professional Development Looks Different and is Here to Stay, Forbes, April 13, 2021


When Your Favorite Book Becomes a Course For Work, Forbes, April 6, 2021


Slingshot: How To Effectively Use One Experience To Lead To The Next, Forbes, March 30, 2021


Tell Me Your Heroes and I’ll Tell You Your Values - Psychology Today, March 26, 2021


Linguistic Tricks To Grab Your Online Audience’s Attention - Nature, March 24, 2021

Why You Only Need To Meet 40% Of Requirements In Job Descriptions - Forbes, March 23, 2021


Five tips for understanding and managing your emotions to build flourishing connections - Nature, March 16, 2021

Knowledge Philanthropy: A New Way To Pay It Forward - Forbes, March 16, 2021

Why The No. 1 Executive Coach Is Giving Away His Intellectual Property - Forbes, March 9, 2021


Adding Value: How To Get Your Ideas Noticed - Forbes, March 2, 2021


This is What the Best Mentors Do - Forbes, February 23, 2021


President Biden Gives A Masterclass on How To Own A Room - Forbes February 17, 2021


When No One Believes You Can Do It, Try Anyway - Forbes, February 16, 2021


Why Some People Always Seem To Succeed and Others Never Get Started - Psychology Today, February, 15, 2021


How to Reclaim Your Time At Work - Forbes, February 9, 2021

Is That The Best Solution? ‘Think Again’ Says Adam Grant - Forbes, February 2, 2021


How To Find The Perfect Mentor To Boost Your Career - Forbes, January 26, 2021


Role Model, Mentor Coach or Sponsor - Which Do You Need? - Psychology Today, January 24, 2021


How To Eliminate Bureaucracy In Your Organization - Forbes, January 19, 2021


That’s One Hot Job! How Kelly Korreck Became An Astrophysicist - Forbes, January 12, 2021


Why Do People At The Top Of Their Field Become Mentors? - Forbes, January 5, 2021


Do You Want To Mentor? The New Matchmaking Program For Mentors And Mentees - Forbes, January 1, 2021

How to Stop Your New Year's Goals From Going Up in Smoke - Psychology Today December 30, 2020


How To Make Sure You’re Seen As Adding Value At Work - Forbes, December 29, 2020

How Doing Laundry Made Me More Productive - Forbes, December 22, 2020


Why You Need Personal KPIs To Achieve Your Goals - Forbes, December 15, 2020


Five Steps For Networking During A Pandemic - Nature, December 11, 2020


Feel Like A Fraud? How To Outsmart Imposter Syndrome - Forbes, December 8, 2020


Want To Be A Better Leader? Share Your Worries - Forbes, December 1. 2020


Why Some People Won’t Take ‘No’ For An Answer - Forbes, November 27, 2020 


Stop Dreaming And Learn How To Turn Your Goal Into A Reality - Forbes, November 24, 2020


Surprising Jobs That Are Going Virtual - Forbes, November 17, 2020


6 Ways To Effectively Network During A Pandemic - Psychology Today, November 15, 2020


Olympic Champion Apolo Ohno Explains How To Reevaluate After A Loss - Forbes, November 10, 2020


How Your Choices Can Impact Your Career - Forbes, November 3, 2020

Don’t Let Imposter Syndrome Derail Your Career - Psychology Today, October 2020


How To Effectively Answer The ‘What Do You Do?’ Question - Forbes, October 2020


New Research On How To Be An Ally In The Workplace - Forbes, October 2020


Why Your Boss Shouldn’t Be Your Mentor - Forbes, October 2020


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Best Mentoring Advice - Forbes, October 2020


How A Tailored Suit Is Helping Improve Graduation Rates - Forbes, October 2020


How to Create Your Own Mentoring Team - Psychology Today, September 2020

How to Start A Conversation With a Stranger - Forbes, September 2020

When the Leader Can’t Return to the Office - Chief Learning Officer, September 2020


3 Tips For Success From Olympic Champion, Ryan Millar - Forbes, September 2020


How To Succeed When You’ve Never Done The Job Before - Forbes, September 2020


8 High Achievers Share How They Are Managing Pandemic Related Challenges - Forbes, September 2020


How Internships Can Serve As A Win-Win For Employees And Companies - Forbes, September 2020

How Do You Find a Decent Mentor When You’re Stuck at Home? - Harvard Business Review, August 2020


How to Successfully Ask Someone to Be Your Mentor - Psychology Today, August 2020


How Complaining to the Right Person Can Influence Change - Forbes, August 2020

How to Turn Feedback Into an ‘Opportunity for Enhancement’ - Forbes, August 2020

Five Tips For Boosting Diversity on Campus - Nature, August 2020


How Do You Find a Decent Mentor When You Are Stuck at Home? - Harvard Business Review Ascend, August 2020


Why You Need a Role Model, Mentor, Coach, and Sponsor - Forbes, August 2020

Looking For A Mentor? Why You Shouldn’t Use the “M” Word - Forbes, July 2020

How Surrounding Yourself With High-Achievers Can Improve Your Performance - Forbes, July 2020


Improving Creativity at Work: Could Laughter Be The Key? - Forbes, July 2020


Note to men: Mentor her! (Yes, even during a pandemic) - Chief Learning Officer, July 2020


6 Ways To Help You Succeed; Tips From a High Achiever - Forbes, July 2020


Where Do I Find A Mentor? - Psychology Today, July 2020

How To Develop A Mentoring Team - Forbes, July 2020


How To Attract, Retain, And Lead High Performers - Forbes, June 2020


3 Things That Stop People From Achieving Their Leadership Goals - Training Industry, Inc, June 2020


How To Win and Lose Like An Olympic Champion - Forbes, June 2020


How To Amplify The Voice of Your Mentees - Forbes, June 2020


How Peer Mentors Can Help You Succeed - Forbes, June 2020


Do What You Love: But First Find Out What That Is - Forbes, June 2020


How To Fight Imposter Syndrome In The Time of Coronavirus - Harvard Business Review Ascend, June 2020


Beat The Working-From-Home Blues - Nature Index, June 2020


Olympian Kemoy Campbell Teaches Us How to Have A Goal-Setting Mindset - Forbes, May 2020

7 Astronauts Offer Tips On How To Thrive While Social Distancing - Forbes, May 2020

Never Has There Been A More Critical Time To Show Empathy At Work - Forbes, May 2020

5 Steps To Help You Effectively Mentor During A Pandemic - Forbes, May 2020


6  Steps To Help Extroverts Endure Social Distancing - Forbes, May 2020


Mentoring While Social Distancing - Closler, April 2020


Mentoring During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Nature, April 2020


How Perceptions of a Successful Physician-Scientist Varies with Gender and Career Stage: Toward Defining Physician-Scientist’s Success BMC Medical Education, February 2020


Why I Stand. Academic Medicine, February 2020


Five ‘Power Skills’ for Becoming a Team Leader. Nature, January 2020      


Mentoring Women in Anesthesiology. How A Mentoring Circle Supports Female Anesthesiologists At Every Career Stage. British Journal of Anesthesia, January 2020


Using Admissions Statistics to Encourage Diverse Applicants to MD-PhD Programs, Journal of Clinical Investigation, December 2019 


Put Participants First in Conference Design. Nature, September 2019                 


Breast Imaging Fellowship Match: Program Director’s Perspective in Year Two, Journal of Breast Imaging, September 2019

Networking for Introverted Scientists Nature, April 2019   

What Happens When Female Physicians Gather? Scientific American, April 2019

Why You Need A Support Team, Nature, March 2019


Three Steps to Landing an Undergraduate Research Internship, Nature, December 2018


Lame Advice for Female Professionals. Scientific American July 2018 


From the Eyes of a Recruiter. Inside Higher Ed, January 2018


Presenting at Your Own Institution. Inside Higher Ed, October 2017


Optimizing Success of Physician-Scientists ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, February 2017 


Gateways to the Laboratory: How a MD-PhD Program increased the number of minority physician-scientists. Academic Medicine, May 2017


Mentoring the Mentors: Just Because You Have the Title Doesn’t Mean You Know What You Are Doing. College Student Journal, March 2016


MD-PhD, Is it Right for Me? The Advisor: The Journal of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions. September 2012



Dr. Ruth Gotian is frequently interviewed on podcasts. Below are some of her recent interviews.

Ruth Gotian and Amul Mago - The Superhuman Project (2021)


Ruth Gotian and Andy Lopata - Connected Leadership (2021)


Ruth Gotian and Allison Liddle - Launch, How Achievers Excel (2021)


Ruth Gotian and Scott Maderer - Stewardship Coaching


Ruth Gotian and Amol Gupta - Mentors in Medicine, Four Pillars of Success(2021)


Ruth Gotian and Susan Rocco - Women 2 Watch (2021)


Ruth Gotian and Simon Behan - Learn to Grow (2021)


Ruth Gotian and Vineet Chopra - Mentoring in Medicine (2021)


Ruth Gotian and Diana Hamilton (2021)


Ruth Gotian and Jax Scott - Imposter Syndrome (2021)


Ruth Gotian and Jax Scott - Meet Your Mentor (2021)


Optimizing Success with Dr. Ruth Gotian - Take the Lead Radio with Dr. Diane Hamilton


How Successful People Do Things Differently - Mindful Leadership with Jason Cooper


Women In Leadership: The Ripple Effect - South Florida’s IT Palooza


Meet Your Mentor: Dr. Ruth Gotian - The Mentor Project


Grace Under Pressure - John Baldoni and Ruth Gotian


The Success Factor - Back to Basics


Ignore The Naysayers And Achieve Your Dreams - Keep on Pushing with Olympic bobsledder (Jamaica) Devon Harris


Secrets of Success - The Underdog Show

Why Some People Reach Exceptional Levels of Success - The Robert Timmons Show 


What Makes High Achievers Great - Crossnet 


Fear Not Trying More Than You Fear Failing - Women Worldwide


What Does It Mean To Be A Mentor? - Good Life Coach


How High Achievers Can Optimize For Success - Conversations with Global Thought Leaders 


Building a Successful Career and Getting to the Top of Your Field - Connected Leadership


The Value of Mentorship - OK, Intern


How to Optimize Success and What We Can Learn From High Achievers - Imperfectly Ambitious


How to Go From Average to High Achieving - Access to Anyone


Using Power Skills To Develop High Performing Teams - Key Conversations 


The Fear of Not Trying - Mentoring Physician-Scientists 

How to Succeed Like A High Achiever - Everyday Athlete


Mentoring Physician-Scientists - Behind the Microscope


Mentoring Women - Wonder Women in Business 


Mentoring during a pandemic -  The Educator’s Podcast 


Microaggressions - The Educator’s Podcast


Mentoring - Growth Edge Leadership Podcast 


Mentoring - Business RadioX, Learning Insights 


Mentoring the Mentors - The Educator’s Podcast 

MD-PhD Admissions and Gateways to the Laboratory Program, Tri-I Pod



Below are articles where Dr. Ruth Gotian and her work were featured:

Featured in article: Mangia, K (2022). Dr. Ruth Gotian on How We need To Redefine Success, Thrive Global, February 18, 2022       

Featured in article: Kislik, L (2022). Four Keys to Laying Out and Traveling Your Path To Success, Forbes, February 10, 2022

Featured in article: Pontefract, D. (2022). Four Enlightening Facets to Help You Become a High Achiever, Forbes, February 2, 2022


Featured in article: McLeod, L (2022). What Successful People Do Differently, Jackson Community Courier, January 29, 2022     


Featured in article: Mangia, K (2022). Dr. Ruth Gotian of Weill Cornell Medicine, How I Am Redefining Success Now, Authority Magazine, January 20, 2022.   


Featured in article: Bare, L (2022). Setting Our Sons Up for Success, Psychology Today, January 19, 2022


Featured in article: Escalante, A (2022). The Success Factor: A Book Review, Psychology Today, January 21, 2022  


Featured in article: Chambers, B (2022). How to Apply the Success Factors of High Achievers to Your Goals, Forbes, January 24, 2022          

Pre-Pandemic Career Goals Don’t Work. Do This Instead - In Her Sight, April 2021


Thinkers50 Curated Live Session with Ruth Gotian - April 2021


Thinkers50 Celebrates International Women’s Day: An Interview with Ruth Gotian and Dorie Clark - March 2021


What is Imposter Syndrome? - Medium, March 2021


What To Do If Asking For Help Makes You Uncomfortable - Forbes, February 2021


New Leadership Skills for 2021 - Hive Learning, February 2021

State of Leadership 2021 - Hive Learning, February 2021

Soft Skills Are Too Hard For Too Many People - Forbes, January 2021

Leverage Your Success - Thrive Global, October 2020

Pre-Pandemic Career Goals Don’t Work.  Do This Instead - In Her Sight, September 2020

Give More Than You Take - Fem Founder, July 2020

How to Cope with Self-Doubt and Imposter Syndrome (Especially During a Crisis) | Infographic - HBR Ascend, July 2020

Hire People Who Think Differently Than You - CEO Blog Nation, June 2020


Mentorship is Key to Fighting Professional Loneliness in COVID-19 - Thrive Global, June 2020

So You’re Headed to the Diversity Reboot Summit: A Virtual Conference Guide - Power to Fly, June 2020

A message for mentors from dissatisfied graduate students, Nature, November 2019

PhDs: the tortuous truth - Nature, November 2019

The Science of Effective Mentoring in STEMM, The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, 2019

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