Ruth is a visiting scholar at The George Washington University and teaches, as an adjunct, both there and at the University of Maryland University College. Her primary field is organizational behavior and development with specialties in leadership and small group dynamics. Prior to becoming an academic, she had more than 15 years' experience in business management and continues to work as an independent consultant facilitating organizational development through strategic and business planning, managerial leadership training and team building. Ruth earned B.A., Master of Health Services Administration, and Ph.D. degrees at GWU. Her research interests include the role of general interpersonal trust in decision-making, the effects of gender and cultural differences in work groups, experiential learning in the classroom, and leadership development in domestic and international settings. Having grown up as an expatriate American in India, one of the themes running through her work is a passion for understanding the cultural roots of human behavior in the workplace and testing the cross-cultural applicability of social psychology, leadership and management theories.