Stephanie Ruhle is Anchor at MSNBC and Correspondent at NBC NEWS
Stephanie Ruhle anchors “MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle” at 9 a.m. ET and “MSNBC Live with Velshi & Ruhle” at 1 p.m. ET on weekdays. Ruhle also appears across all NBC News and MSNBC platforms, including “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” “TODAY,” and NBCNews.com.
Since joining MSNBC, Ruhle has interviewed titans in politics, business, entertainment and sports including Michael Bloomberg, Serena Williams and more. Ruhle is known for bringing humanity into her news coverage, including her reporting on the migrant crisis at the border in McAllen, Texas and her daily “Good News Ruhles” segment.
Prior to Bloomberg, Ruhle worked at Deutsche Bank, serving as a Managing Director in Global Markets Senior Relationship Management. Ruhle began her career at Credit Suisse, where she was the highest-producing credit derivatives salesperson in the US.
Ruhle plays an active role in women’s leadership development, having founded the Corporate Investment Bank Women’s Network and co-chaired Women on Wall Street. Ruhle is a member of the board of trustees for Girls Inc. NYC and in 2016 was honored as one of their Women of the Year.
Ruhle received a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Lehigh University, living abroad in Guatemala, Kenya and Italy.
What brought you to Davos 2019?
I really wanted the chance to talk about the real mission of Davos. The brand of Davos gets painted in a very negative light back home. At its face, it’s infuriating to many – people think it is the roundup of the global elite. In some ways, it is. But they’re not there to pat themselves on the back. They are actually there to try to solve some the biggest problems facing us in business, culture and the environment. One of the big themes in Davos this year was business being the most effective platform for change, and revisiting what capitalism is. It shouldn’t only be about optimizing profitability. It should be about doing good business for your shareholders, for your employees, and for the world. I think there are a lot of leaders across a variety of industries who want to take a stab at that. I want to help bring this story home.
Defining leadership moment at Davos:
I had the chance to spend time with Jane Goodall while in Davos. We were at a dinner with all kinds of scientists and climate change activists, all enthused by some extraordinary technology. Jane, who is a personal hero of mine and has been for my whole life, said that every single day, the same thing inspires her to continue her groundbreaking life’s work focused on the environment and animals. Every night she looks up at the moon and remembers the picture of seeing the first man walk on the moon that she saw as a child. She says it reminds her of the amazing things man can accomplish. When Jane talked about this, I was filled with inspiration. Right now, we talk about all that is wrong, what is getting destroyed, why we are fighting, but we forget that inspiration is around us and extraordinary people do extraordinary things every single day.
Personal motivation to advocate for women and girls:
I just want them to have a fair shot. I want everyone to go to the race every morning at the starting line together. I don’t want anyone in the race to have their shoelaces tied together. I don’t want anybody starting the race five feet behind someone else and I don’t want anyone supercharged. I just want everyone to have a fair shot. When I look at what it’s like for women, we are simply defined by our sex. We’re judged by it, we’re held back by it, we’re limited by it. It’s time to distance ourselves from it and simply say let the best person win.
Where can people learn more about your key projects?
On “MSNBC Live” at 9aET and 1pET Monday through Friday, and I am always on Twitter at @SRuhle and Instagram at @StephRuhle.
Work hard on yourself, don’t be hard on yourself.