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Celebrating (Misbehavin’) Women’s History Month

Posted by gansie on March 19, 2009

debra_ruhAs organizations proud of their legacy of supporting working women, Business and Professional Women’s Foundation and BPW/USA honor today’s trailblazing women as they lead the way in creating successful workplaces.

This Misbehavin’ interview is one in a series as BPW commemorates Women’s History Month.

Name: Debra Ruh

Title: CEO and Founder

Organization: TecAccess, LLC

Ms. Ruh is the CEO and Founder of TecAccess, a celebrated company that offers an award-winning suite of services that ensures clients meet their Section 508 Compliance, Accessibility, Diversity and Staffing Goals, while simultaneously maximizing their ROI and becoming socially responsible corporate leaders.  As a result, customers realize the business advantage of reaching and better serving people with disabilities, the mature audience and veterans with disabilities — three segments that make up the world’s fastest growing under-represented groups and a powerful spending force.

In 2006, Ruh developed an innovative Disabled Veteran (DVET) Training and Employment Program, the first initiative of its kind in the United States.  She sits on numerous boards, including the Olmstead Board and Veteran Employment Board, and was awarded Federal Computer Week’s 2008 Fed Top 100 Award and ANCOR Foundation’s 2008 Community Builder Award.

helen-keller-postersMy favorite woman in history is…Helen Keller. She broke all the molds and accomplished things in her life that continue to amaze and inspire people.

Women have helped me succeed in my career by…mentoring me and helping me navigate the business world.  When I started my business career, women were still acting and dressing like men.  We were still new to the workplace and felt as though we had to dress and act like men to reach upper management.  Now we dress and act more comfortably because we have the confidence to achieve higher level positions.

I support Business and Professional Women’s Foundation because…it is critical that women support each other in all aspects of life but especially in business.  Having women as mentors and business partners makes us all strong.  Women should support each other in every phase of the walk and remember that we all have a lot to give other people.  I believe if you want success, help another woman to be successful.

I’m proud to be a Misbehavin Woman by…breaking all the rules and creating a business within a brand new industry.  Every step of the way I was told that a business like TecAccess could never thrive; that made me more determined to prove the naysayers wrong.  One person even told me in 2002 that my business would never be successful unless I had a Caucasian male CEO.  I am proud to say that person (okay man) was wrong.  Today we are a thriving, abundant and prosperous company.

You too can celebrate a woman in your life by making a $50 donation in her honor to BPW Foundation.

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