Friday, September 14, 2012

We Are Inspired By This BOSS: Ruby Veridiano


Ruby Veridiano is a glamour girl off to change the world. A writer, speaker, and media personality, she was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in Sacramento, and has spent time in Italy, France, Atlanta, Oakland, and New York City, shaping her global perspective as an advocate and voice for Asian American women. Ruby is passionate about creating media that bridges entertainment with messages of positive social change, and is the founder of a writing empowerment program called “The Glamourbaby Diaries”.

Since 2002, Ruby has traveled throughout the United States and Europe, presenting her writings, lectures, workshops, and media projects at over 400 venuesincluding Cornell University, Columbia University, Morehouse College, the United Nations, and American University of Paris, France, inspiring tomorrow’s leaders and visionaries.  She has reached over 140,000 youth through her spoken word performance work with iLL-Literacy ,an artist collective that she co-founded in 2002. Through her work with iLL-Literacy, she has shared the stage with the likes of Common, Mos Def, Goapele, and Saul Williams. Her movement to empower youth extends to her work with non-profit organizations such as Youthspeaks, Urban Word, LitWorld, and Book-In-A-Day. In 2008, she became a VJ for international music channel, MYX TV North America. In the same year, she publishedher first book, Miss Universe.

In 2010, she made it as a Top 3 Finalist for Alicia Keys’ head blogger search for her women’s empowerment website venture, “I Am A Superwoman” (IAAS.COM). During this time, Ruby was flown out to London to meet with Alicia Keys and attend the Black Ball, upon which she interviewed celebrities such as Christian Louboutin, Swizz Beatz, and Alicia Keys on the red carpet.
In 2011, she became the first LitCorps Ambassador for Global Literacy OrganizationLitWorld, where she spearheads LitWorld’s girls literacy empowerment program in her home country of the Philippines. During the same year, she founded Meeting of the Minds, an initiative to connect the global youth Filipino diaspora to galvanize social change.

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