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Dr. Ruth Gotian has led thousands of audience members through a transformational experience as they optimize their personal and professional success.


Her talks motivate, inspire and recharge. She’s given hundreds of talks to audiences ranging from high school students to corporate C-Suite.


In audiences with thousands of participants, she makes every person feel special and that they matter.


Never tethered to a podium, Dr. Ruth Gotian is an expert facilitator. She moves around the room and engages every audience member through small group discussions which feed into the bigger message.


Every voice is heard, from the most junior member to the Dean or CEO. She uses real-life stories, humor and a solid inspirational and actionable message.


Dr. Ruth Gotian is an expert on optimizing success and her talks are grounded in how to enhance these skills. She speaks around the globe on topics which lead to high performance and success including mentorship, leadership, adult learning and optimizing productivity. Some of her most popular talks are on the topics of:


Optimizing Success



How Adults Learn

Leadership Development

Finding Your Passion and Purpose


Most Requested Topics


The Success Factor
Developing the mindset and skillset of high achievers 

High achievers can provide 400% more productivity than an average employee.


Based on research with Nobel laureates, astronauts, Fortune 500 CEOs and Olympic champions, learn the four pillars that can turn your team and you into high achievers.


Learn how a few micro changes can have an enormous impact.


How A Mentor

Can Help You


Buckle your seatbelts as you are about to go through a crash course on mentoring.


All high achievers have mentors. They all share that their success would not have been nearly as potent without the help of a mentor.


Learn why those who have mentors outperform and outearn those who don’t. Identify how a mentor can help you succeed and determine who should be on your mentoring team in order to optimize your success.


Lots of actionable tips for both mentors and mentees. 


The Missing

Link In

Your High



If you want to build high performance teams, you need to understand how your colleagues learn and absorb information.


Participants leave this interactive talk understanding their own learning style, based on the Kolb Learning Style Inventory, and how to work with people who learn differently than them.


Understand how to optimize the learning strengths of the people around you in order to develop and leverage the most effective teams. 


Having planned events for over three decades, Dr. Gotian knows that it’s the small details that no one sees that are the most important. She’s routinely told she is an extremely low maintenance and high impact speaker.



Deborah Heiser, PhD The Mentor Project™ brings elite experts to share and pass on valuable knowledge and skills to k-university age kids.  Ruth’s expertise in mentorship not only serves our school-age mentees with tools to find the right form of mentorship that will lead them to success, her relevant insights help our mentors to achieve success for their mentees and for themselves.  Ruth is a treasured mentor on our team!  


Deborah Heiser, PhD

The Mentor Project™

Founder and CEO

Mentor Project

Ruth Gotian gave one of our most successful webinars on mentoring for researchers with special focus on mentoring during COVID. Her points are extremely relevant, actionable and shift perspective. The over 200 participants were engaged, asking questions and leaving comments “Best webinar ever”, “When can we have Dr. Gotian come back?”


Miriam Bredella, MD

Professor of Radiology

Harvard Medical School

Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs

Department of Radiology Director

Center for Faculty Development

Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Gotian is hailed as an expert in leadership development and mentoring, and rightfully so.  Her talks are engaging, informative and fun! Dr. Gotian distills mentorship and leadership concepts, which enables her audience to operationalize this information to actualize their goals. She is a leading voice in optimizing success in many fields including development and training of physician-scientists.  


Jose Alex Rodrigues
President Elect (2020-2021)
American Physician-Scientist Association (APSA)

I engaged Dr. Gotian to design and facilitate a one-hour webinar on leveraging mentoring for the World Science Scholars program. Not only did this group of exceptionally talented secondary students from around the world gain an appreciation for the benefits of having mentors, but they also learned actionable strategies for finding mentors. Her expertise and warmth allowed her to connect and to motivate the students, helping to further scaffold their path for success.

Mark German

Director of Education

Strategy & Initiatives

World Science Festival

Dr. Ruth Gotian delivered her highly engaging “How to find a Mentor” talk to our Emergency Department Apprenticeship Program, a group of underrepresented minority pre-medical students.  She was able to connect with these young students to deliver the powerful message of mentorship.  Her advice was practical, easy to understand and backed up by research. There is no doubt in my mind she had a positive influence on these kids. 


Jane Torres-Lavoro, MPH

Manager of Special Projects and Educational Programs

Department of Emergency Medicine

Weill Cornell Medicine

We've hosted Ruth several times to share her expertise and insight at the Association for Talent Development.  Her ability to communicate the value in professional mentoring, her responsiveness to our audience's numerous inquiries and the practical examples that were provided allowed our participants from chapters across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut to really apply numerous professional development strategies in a concrete way forward.  There's not a better professional out there willing to share their knowledge and experience for the betterment of all people; Ruth is a superstar, no doubt about it!


Zachary Konopka

ATD Forte Conference, Chairman

ATD Eastern Pennsylvania

Chapter President

Skilitics Llc., Vice President

Biz Dev & Strategic Relationships  

Association For Talent Development

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