Ruth Shaber

Ruth Shaber is the founder and president of the Tara Health Foundation, promoting health, well-being and opportunity for women and girls through innovative evidence-informed programs. She started her career as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist at the Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center in the early ‘90s and has pivoted in the last decade towards collaboration with foundations and investors to bring new types of capital and enterprise to the field of reproductive health in the United States.

In this episode, Ruth shares the evolution of her career, working from within the healthcare system as a physician to later linking her personal mission with her investments for whole systems change. She talks about family planning as a catalyst for growth in all areas of impact – from climate change to clean water to access to jobs.   Ruth interweaves her nurturing essence into all that she does, emphasizing self-care when funneling her energy into the spaces where she can be most impactful.

“If we can’t take care of ourselves first, we can’t do any of the other important work.” 
– Ruth Shaber


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