living the dream with award-winning journalist, writer, and editer Ruksaana Hussain

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Summary: Ruksana Hussain is an award-winning journalist and solopreneur on a mission to help others, especially women, and women of color or minorities, to overcome adversity in their lives to pave a path to overall success. Based on her own experiences as an independent travel journalist, freelancer, digital magazine publisher and solopreneur, she speaks on how to chart a course to achieve your goals.Quoted in outlets such as Sherman’s Travel, CWAtlanta and Smart Business, she has presented as a speaker and/or panelist at schools, universities, networking groups, and on podcasts. Some venues she has presented at include Business Radio X, Freelancers Union, How to be Global podcast and more. A full list of presentations and press mentions are available on www.ruksanawrites.comAn award-winning journalist, writer and editor with 20 years’ experience, 10 of that as a full-time freelancer and independent consultant, Ruksana’s bylines have appeared in California Business Chronicle, Delta Sky Lines, Restless magazine (United Kingdom), Luxury Travel Magazine (Australia), Visit California, Diversity Professional, Cuisine Noir, Khabar, The Traveler’s Table, Irvine Weekly and more.In 2020, Ruksana founded and published Traveler and Tourist magazine, a digital, subscriber-only, monthly travel lifestyle publication with the aim of diverse and inclusive coverage in terms of content and perspective, place and people, culture and engagement, through the travel adventures she has experienced. The magazine, which introduced video content in 2021, is created for worldwide readership and can be subscribed on www.travelerandtourist.comBorn in India and raised in Oman, Ruksana has always embraced change in lifestyle and perspectives with the change in culture and scenarios around her. That worldview only further benefited when she moved to the United States as a 25-year-old young adult. But the challenges she faced and the obstacles she experienced having no informal or formal networks to guide her and provide direction meant that she had to navigate in a new land all on her own.Learning from her surroundings, Ruksana exploited the power of introductions, strength of referrals and recommendations to effectively network for long-lasting relationship building that has resulted in her overall success. This has resulted in a successful career as a solopreneur and travel journalist earning opportunities on media trips to Japan, Poland, Mexico, Yukon Territory in Canada, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and more.Ruksana was named one of only three recipients of the inaugural ACES Richard S Holden Diversity Fellowship in December 2020, and winner in three categories at the 62nd Southern California Journalism Awards by the Los Angeles Press Club in 2020. She is also a graduate of Ted Scripps Leadership Institute, Modern Storytelling Thread at Yale selected candidate, and Society of Professional Journalists’ Dori Maynard Diversity Leadership Program