Ruby Payne is the authority on working across economic classes to create sustainable communities where everyone can live well.
An engaging and down-to-earth speaker, Payne translates abstract concepts into concrete strategies with a sense of humor that leaves audiences wanting more.
After changing the conversation in education to focus on poverty, Payne’s work expanded into social services, criminal justice, healthcare, the workplace, and emotional poverty. Two recent publications won IPPY awards: Emotional Poverty in All Demographics and Before You Quit Teaching.
Payne has written or coauthored many other books, including Bridges Out of Poverty. Her book A Framework for Understanding Poverty has sold 1.8 million copies and continues to help people achieve success.
Payne’s eﬀorts have achieved a global reach, and she has worked in Australia, China, Europe, India, North America, and Southeast Asia. Payne founded aha! Process, a publishing and consulting firm, in 1996.
aha! Process has received awards for its publications. Payne has published books with Solution Tree Press and the Association for Middle Level Education.