Stephanie Ruiz – Operations Manager
Born in New York, Stephanie lived in Colombia, Alaska, and Oregon all before the age of 10. Although she is a mountain and cold weather lover through and through, Stephanie is proud to call the sunshine state her home. A graduate from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!) with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and a minor in Nonprofit Management, Stephanie is passionate about volunteering and donating her time. In fact, it was while working at Give Kids the World where Stephanie discovered her love for the events world.
Stephanie was first introduced to the Wildly Different team in 2016 by her two BFFs, and began working events right away. When our team expanded in 2020, she hopped on the opportunity to work with us full-time. Stephanie connected with our Play Outside the Cubicle mantra right away and quickly gravitated to the variety that each day brings. As an Operations Manager, Stephanie enjoys working with different people, at different locations, and the excitement of executing unique events that challenge her creatively. Not to mention the fact that she gets to work with lifelong friends AND a team of AMAZING, FUN, and WONDERFUL people!
- Her Colombian heritage. She believes that words simply do not cut it for how yummy Colombian food is. She’s also 100% confident her mother makes the BEST empanadas.
- Coffee… it is her source for life.
- Traveling! Nothing makes Stephanie feel more alive than traveling and discovering the best new spots to grab a bite – and the adventure can only be made better when it’s combined with a concert or festival!
- Dogs! Though she doesn’t have any pets of her own, she describes herself as that person you see in a meme who greets and plays with the dog first!