Melissa Ruiz

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Melissa Ruiz, MSW began her career in higher education in Conferences and Events, before transitioning into Residence Life and then Student Life and Academic Advising. She jokingly says there isn’t a job in Student Affairs she hasn’t done yet.

Melissa is part of a facilitation team at Swift Kick that has been named the best leadership program an unprecedented 6 years and has already trained over half a million leaders around the US and the world including South Korea, Indonesia, and Bermuda. She also co-authored the Amazon.com award winning book “First Year Student to First Year Success.”

Once upon a time, Melissa was a competitive dancer and placed first runner up in the Miss New Jersey pageant. She now lives in New York City and is a certified personal trainer, runner and dabbles in obstacle course racing.