Ruth Nakaar believes in the power of intuition and thinks our lives are a series of “soul nudges.” Her excitement for unlocking people’s creative potential and crafting compelling stories drives her love for working with aspiring MBA students. Throughout her life, Ruth has learned the importance of a growth mindset and is excited to help others realize how far they can go.
Ruth loves learning about other cultures. As an undergraduate at Yale, she followed her love for Japanese culture all the way to Japan, where she studied and worked in (as well as ate her way through) the country for a year after winning the prestigious Light Fellowship. After graduating with her BA in Political Science, she moved to Washington D.C. to work with a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) contractor, where she helped manage multimillion dollar projects in Tanzania, Malawi, and Kenya.
Another nudge led Ruth to apply to Wharton, where she was awarded the Diane V.S. and Robert M. Levy Endowed Fellowship and interned at a digital media company in New York on their strategy and business development team. During her second year, she started working on her own business idea-–Fudena, which aims to become America’s first chain of fast-casual West African restaurants, soon to open its first brick and mortar location in Philadelphia.
When she’s not thinking about her next business idea or helping her Square One clients, Ruth enjoys teaching herself guitar, exploring various spiritual traditions, and improving her Rubik’s cube solve times (she’s currently averaging 1 minute and 30 seconds).