Published On: Wed, Sep 14th, 2016

Nancy Arroyo-Ruffin Continues To Inspire Women Thru Her Work

Let me introduce you to my friend Nancy…

14192667_10208662283747965_7606399993656101754_nNancy Arroyo Ruffin is an award winning author, poet, and public speaker. Nancy captivates audiences with her humor, honesty, and unwavering passion. She is committed to inspiring women to achieve their goals, fulfill their dreams, and shift perceptions of the hardships we all experience in life. Nancy draws on the lessons learned through her personal experiences with adversity to inspire and motivate audiences. Through personal anecdotes and stories Nancy demonstrates how discovering the power within can be used to turn obstacles into opportunities by overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges and succeeding in the process.

A graduate of Bernard Baruch College, Nancy believes that education is the key that opens the door to the future. She has a B.A. degree in Accounting and an MBA in Healthcare Management. She is the acclaimed author of two books, Welcome to Heartbreak: A collection of poems, short stories and affirmations about love, life, and heartbreak (2011) and Letters to My Daughter (2013) a 2014 International Latino Book Award Finalist for Best Poetry Book – English. Her work has also appeared in The Daily Voice, Sofrito for Your Soul, La Respuesta Magazine, For Harriet, and Joy Interrupted: An Anthology about Motherhood and Loss published by Fat Daddy Farm Press (2012).


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A seasoned speaker, performance poet and writer, Nancy has performed at some of NYC’s most respected open mics and poetry venues. She has featured at El Museo del Barrio’s Speak Up event curated by author and Creative Ink Poetry Series founder Maria E. Rodriguez, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The NYC Latina Writers Group annual Sankofa Sisterhood event, Canvas of Words, Capicu Poetry and Cultural Showcase, El Taller Latino Americano’s 50 Years of Change Art & Reading Series honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Word@4F One Year Anniversary show, La Loba’s Remembering Love reading, and Vanessa Martir’s & Meryl Meisler’s Defying Devastion: Bushwick Then & Now event. Additionally, Nancy has given speeches at various venues throughout NYC, has facilitated writing workshops for the NYC Latina Writers Group, was selected to participate in Cave Canem’s Fall 2011 writing workshops, was selected to participate in the Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) Summer 2014 one week writing residency at UC Berkeley, founded by Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Where I’m From Foundation for the Arts (WIFFA), a non-profit organization committed to providing resources that enrich school Arts programs to educate, engage, and empower.

Through WIFFA, Nancy partnered with Christ the King Elementary School and raised $2,500 to help fund a new computer lab for the school. As a result of working with the fourth grade class she also helped the students publish a book of their own, De Donde Vengo Yo; a program that Principal, Tara Braswell is implementing into the school curriculum.

Nancy is also the founder and force behind The Power of the F.I.E.R.C.E Woman Movement™, (Females, Inspiring, Empowering, Recognizing, & Cultivating Evolution) an initiative designed to promote female unity and empowerment. Through the F.I.E.R.C.E Woman Movement Nancy holds workshops where women come together to network, learn from each other, and support one another. Through dialogue, communication, and interactive activities Nancy teaches women to discover their own power and use it to help themselves and others. She teaches women that although we can get far on our own we get much further when we support and help one another.

With her voice and determination, Nancy is breaking down barriers and creating a platform to inspire, support, and empower all women. Her pride in her culture, her love and veneration for her ancestors, and her ardent desire to instill the same pride in the next generation are what this Latina cites as her biggest motivators. Nancy believes, “That pride is instilled. It’s what we carry with us every day of our lives.”

Nancy Arroyo-Ruffin Continues To Inspire Women Thru Her Work