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Ruth Hinkle

I wrote a story about a cat when I was 6 years old in a blank hardback book. I still have it, covered in bold crayon words and drawings. I knew I loved to write.

It took me longer to understand that I loved stories. My resume is dotted with job titles that appear unrelated…fundraiser, registrar, writer, program coordinator.

I found stories in places that surprised me. I discovered that that data contains deep meaning and implication. I learned that unspoken stories are the undercurrents of committee meetings. I came to understand that even filing systems tell stories about our priorities and needs.

So that’s what I do. I listen close, organize ideas and people, and tell stories.