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Ruby Wax

Leadership Expert, Mental Health Advocate & Entertainer

After arriving in Britain from the United States in 1977 and training as an actress, Ruby Wax joined the Royal Shakespeare Company for five years.  She then had a hugely successful career spanning twenty-five years with the BBC, writing and presenting her own shows, as well as script editing  all series of Absolutely Fabulous.

Following her career in television she returned to school to get her Master’s in Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regent’s University, followed by an Master’s in Mindfulness Based-Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University, graduating in 2013. She holds two Honorary Doctorates and a Visiting Professorship and is shortly to be awarded a City Lit Lifetime Fellowship.

Ruby Wax is the author of two best-selling books, Sane New World  and A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled which combine neuroscience and mindfulness spun with comedy.  Both books were number one in the Sunday Times best seller list. Her one-woman shows, Sane New World and Frazzled have toured internationally and had runs in London’s West End.  She founded Black Dog Tribe, an on-line, social networking site providing information and support for people suffering with mental health issues.  She spoke at TedGlobal in 2012 on breaking the stigma; her speech was called What’s So Funny about Mental Illness?  Ruby is a regular speaker at parliament and Downing Street raising money for research into neuroscience and mental health. She is an ambassador for MIND and SANE charities, on the board of the Anna Freud Centre and President of Relate.

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In the past year, Ruby has created her own charity, Frazzled Cafes, in partnership with Marks and Spencer’s. Marks and Spencer’s provide space in their cafes throughout the UK, closing them to the public for small groups to meet bi-monthly, led by a trained facilitator.  This works in a similar way to AA but specifically for those who feel frazzled.

Her latest book How to Be Human was published in January 2018. It went immediately to the best seller list. She wrote it with the help of a monk and a neuroscientist. They plan on touring in autumn of 2018.

When Ruby’s not writing, or performing she does private speaking engagements for organizations such as: Google, Apple, MI5, Bae, Skype, Facebook, eBay, Oxford University, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, The Home Office, Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceuticals, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, GMT Communication Partners, Royal Bank of Scotland and the Home Office.

In 2015 she was awarded an OBE for her work in mental health.

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Leadership

Ruby Wax offers leadership and management training, using workshops and practical exercises to enable business leaders to create trust and rapport and more skilled communication with clients and colleagues. She uses humour, scientific research and knowledge in conjunction with her well-honed interview skills.

Mental Health

Diseases of the body garner sympathy, says comedian Ruby Wax — except those of the brain. Why is that? With dazzling energy and humour, Ruby, diagnosed a decade ago with clinical depression, urges us to put an end to the stigma of mental illness.

Mindfulness

Ruby Wax argues that by better understanding better how our brains work, we can learn to rewire our thinking and find calm in a frenetic world. Wax seeks to help us start becoming more the master, and less the slave, of our own minds.

The Lost Lectures

Characteristically candid, Ruby discusses her own experiences of mental illness and how mindfulness gave her the tools to cope. A talk that touches on neuroscience, societal intolerance and crashing courses at UCL, Ruby's moment on the podium is hilarious and moving in equal

We Are Addicted To Our Brains

Ruby Wax explains the structure of the brain and how a natural hormone addiction — particularly to dopamine — keeps us in a perpetual state of wanting.

Entertainer

Ruby Wax is available for speaking events, award ceremonies and bespoke speeches.

I just wanted to send a quick note to thank Ruby for her excellent session last week. She was as amazing as we had hoped; open, funny, insightful and entertaining in equal measure. Her candidness in answering the questions was really appreciated and she had the room buzzing afterwards. Please pass on my thanks to her; we have held these events every year for the past 7 years and I can safely say that Ruby was the best speaker (by a long way) that we have had. Just leaves me with the challenge of how to beat that for next year’s event!

Deloitte

Ruby was absolutely brilliant. Totally professional and really did her homework regarding Havering!

KAT Creativ Limited

Publications

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A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

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Sane New World: Taming the Mind

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Fees & Details

Fees From*

  • UK:

    £7k to £15k

  • Europe:

    £7k to £15k

  • US:

    £15k to £30k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £15k to £30k

Travels From

  • United Kingdom

Languages

English

* This Speaker's fee falls within the ranges shown above. Ranges are presented as a guideline only. Speaker fees are subject to change without notice. For an exact quote, please contact us.

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