On top of Nancy’s dedication to consulting with others on how to improve their patient advocacy skills, she spends her time perfecting another craft–public speaking. Nancy brings her enthusiasm for teaching to corporate events and conferences that seek  healthcare expertise with a personal touch, and she will tell you in a heartbeat that speaking is both a pleasure and an honor.

With years of experience and a proven track record as an Adjunct Instructor at  higher education institutions in the Triangle, Nancy is skilled in presenting to crowds as intimate as 50 people to a full lecture hall of 250. Additionally, and now as many events have gone online Nancy reaches an unlimited number of folks through virtual presentations.

Now booking for 2024!

Nancy Ruffner Speaking


“Nancy is an engaging, entertaining speaker who breathes life and laughter into the room, making children of aging parents confident and courageous enough to ‘Have the Conversation.”

Melanie Diehl


“I will likely be an Elder Orphan. It’s a scary thought. People like Nancy make it less scary. I like the idea of having the ‘advantage’ to ‘build’ your own team:) Thank you for all you do!”

Nichole Smith, MA
Community Outreach & DementiaWise Specialist


“Great job with the AZ presentation! Persistence is key – gauging from the questions, it feels like some, like myself, are still a little Covid-Stuck for their own business. I always get something out of your presentations that makes me feel I’m not alone! “



“Your presentation was terrific – you are really great at engaging the audience and you certainly got through to me. Really helpful and important information as well – thank you!”


Speaking Topics

Nancy  speaks on a variety of topics surrounding

  • Patient Advocacy (Getting the care you deserve, healthcare navigation, how to remain safe in the hospital)
  • Solo Aging (“Elder Orphans,” Solo Agers or simply “Solos” – Let’s get savvy!)
  • Communication Techniques (Crafty lead-ins to difficult conversations)
  • Thinking Through Decisions (ex. Whether to move or age where you are) 
  • Telehealth (Plan and Prepare for Your Telehealth Appointment)
  • America is Aging (What must happen now?)

When presenting, Nancy’s goal is to create a “Hold on–what’d she say?” moment. She leads an audience from “Hmmm…” to that ”Hey, wait a minute!” healthcare mentality. Nancy wants to see folks grabbing their pens and raising their hands as they laugh-learn their way to challenging the healthcare norm.

In addition to her captivating presentations, you will also be provided with all the bells and whistles to host a perfect event. Need assistance with marketing and flyers? Need help formatting posts for your social media? We’ve got you covered!

We can host your online event also. With our process, you will still receive everything from promotional materials and “Day of” reminders. To those registered we’ll send a follow-up with extra resources for the attendees. Whether you host or we do, we’ll even make sure you have a copy of Nancy’s introduction so that you may execute your hosting duties effortlessly. We will make you the Hero.

When your next conference needs a personable, dynamic, and thought-provoking speaker, leave it to the professional –Nancy Ruffner.

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