Philana Swann, CEO/Founder of Be-Ruth Foundation, Inc.

Obstacles Become

Opportunities
—Philana Swann

Who is Philana Swann? 

Philana Swann is a Change Agent in the lives of teens. She creates programs in the area of STEAM that empowers young women to excel and overcome obstacles. Philana is also a professional working in the industry. Her corporate ties assist her in forging relationships that benefit vulnerable members of the community. Philana is also a strong family matriarch. Her immediate and extended family unit depends on her for wisdom, love, support and resources that help them be the very best they can be.  

She is a loving wife, mother of 3 daughters, nurturing daughter, niece, cousin and friend. Philana is a woman who overcame obstacles that would crush the strongest warrior. She is vocal about sharing her story to encourage others; to impress upon young ladies that they can overcome any odds!  

Our Story 

The Evolution of Ruth B. Settle

My grandmother, Ruth B. Settle, was a woman of strength, grace, and poise. To her, education was a priority; she worked to support her children and grandchildren in their scholastic endeavors. She was a human rights advocate and marched during the Civil Rights movement.

Her sacrifices remind me of a caterpillar. The strength of the caterpillar determined to soar as a butterfly. The struggles women and girls encounter are just like what butterflies face as they free themselves from the cocoon of darkness & uncertainty.

Women & girls are disproportionately underrepresented in STEAM fields, and young girls that are coming behind us are strengthening their wings so they can take flight and lead the world to greater heights.

My grandmother Ruth's sacrifices remind me of how a caterpillar persists despite her struggles and still nourishes herself & her family because she knows change is coming.

Because of her generosity, I grew in love, in faith, in spirit, and in truth. Now I am well prepared to launch young girls into the next phase of their life by providing empowering educational opportunities. I want to show young girls how to shed the old mindset (depression, fear, doubt, etc.) that keeps them from flying high. I am creating a safe space for them to flap their majestic butterfly wings and SOAR.

Just like butterflies, we have struggles.

Be-Ruth uplifts girls through our extracurricular programs: Empowering through Exposure, Engaging through Mentorship, and Educating in STEAM. Girls are transformed.

Our grand vision a generation of talented youth girls who prevail; who are unwavering in using their gifts to succeed in STEAM professions, who champion diversity and who insist on environmental stewardship, who free themselves & free their communities.

My grandmother’s sacrifices remind me of the caterpillar that evolved, a multi-faceted jewel of the richest & most vibrant hues that glides above everything that tried to keep her down.

I continue Ruth B. Settle’s legacy. I use hindrances and help-mates. Struggles as stepping stones. Let's join together to help girls rise.

Let's Be Ruth!

Ruth B. Settle, inspiration for the Be-Ruth Foundation, Inc.
Ruth B. Settle, inspiration for the Be-Ruth Foundation, Inc.

Our Story 

The Evolution of Ruth B. Settle

My grandmother, Ruth B. Settle, was a woman of strength, grace, and poise. To her, education was a priority; she worked to support her children and grandchildren in their scholastic endeavors. She was a human rights advocate and marched during the Civil Rights movement.

Her sacrifices remind me of a caterpillar. The strength of the caterpillar determined to soar as a butterfly. The struggles women and girls encounter are just like what butterflies face as they free themselves from the cocoon of darkness & uncertainty.

Women & girls are disproportionately underrepresented in STEAM fields, and young girls that are coming behind us are strengthening their wings so they can take flight and lead the world to greater heights.

My grandmother Ruth's sacrifices remind me of how a caterpillar persists despite her struggles and still nourishes herself & her family because she knows change is coming.

Because of her generosity, I grew in love, in faith, in spirit, and in truth. Now I am well prepared to launch young girls into the next phase of their life by providing empowering educational opportunities. I want to show young girls how to shed the old mindset (depression, fear, doubt, etc.) that keeps them from flying high. I am creating a safe space for them to flap their majestic butterfly wings and SOAR.

Just like butterflies, we have struggles.

Be-Ruth uplifts girls through our extracurricular programs: Empowering through Exposure, Engaging through Mentorship, and Educating in STEAM. Girls are transformed.

Our grand vision a generation of talented youth girls who prevail; who are unwavering in using their gifts to succeed in STEAM professions, who champion diversity and who insist on environmental stewardship, who free themselves & free their communities.

My grandmother’s sacrifices remind me of the caterpillar that evolved, a multi-faceted jewel of the richest & most vibrant hues that glides above everything that tried to keep her down.

I continue Ruth B. Settle’s legacy. I use hindrances and help-mates. Struggles as stepping stones. Let's join together to help girls rise.

Let's Be Ruth!

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Founded in 2009, Be-Ruth Foundation is a social impact non-profit organization that seeks to build & uplift teen girls and empower them by increasing their knowledge and skills in STEAM. Our values are centered around the six pillars of character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.  

We are a 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to providing world-class programs for adolescent and teen girls ages 9-17. We received our 501(c)3 status from the Federal Government in June of 2009. We are an approved charity of the Georgia’s Secretary of State.

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