How to effectively network Virtually
About the Instructor
Charles D.A. Ruffolo – MPA/MBA
After Charles D.A. Ruﬀolo met his Dutch wife, Herma, the American soldier exchanged his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for the Netherlands in the Dutch province of Drenthe/Overijssel. He served and retired after 20 years from the military and is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy and served as a Battalion Sergeant Major. He earned his MPA/MBA degree in his free time in the military and ﬁne-tuned his natural talent for linking (networking) common interests. Ruﬀolo is an International Speaker, Author, Publisher and Trainer that has spoken in many countries, presents over 100 times each year and is the most asked American speaker in Europe.
Charles has hosted his very dear friend Stedman Graham for 10 years in the Netherlands; twice Honorable William Jeﬀerson Clinton, 42nd President of The United States; Sir Richard Branson (Virgin); General (ret) Wesley K. Clark (Former NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe); Vice President Al Gore in Aruba and Tom Houck, Dr. Martin Luther King’s Jr, Personal Driver and Assistant. He also created The NetworKing Academy, a ﬁrst in the world!
The cardinal rule of networking is giving back. Ruﬀolo believes it’s so essential that in 1999 he founded the Giving Back Foundation. Giving Back is a non-proﬁt Foundation committed toward bringing critical resources to the youth that need them. The Giving Back Foundation helps high-school students whose career perspectives, due to their backgrounds, are not on the same level as their talent and ambition. These students, who may potentially be role model in Dutch society and for this have the ability to develop themselves best, are oﬀered a group and mentor program to help them broaden their knowledge and experience. Giving Back only functions from private donations from companies and people who want to give back to society.
Charles has written a book on Networking – “Network Your Way to Success” and “Your Wake-Up Call” has created a NetworKing card game called the “Ruﬄe Shuﬄe”. Both the books and card game are in English, Dutch and China languages. To give back to is Network, Charles setup “The RUF” digital Magazine giving others the digital platform to market, advertise and promote their business, services and products. Charles and Herma have been married for thirty eight (39) years.
Charles motto: “It’s not WHO you know that counts, but WHO KNOWS YOU!”