Ruth Yu Owen

Ruth Yu Owen

Advocate of Renewable Energy and Co-Founder of an Empowered Filipina Community

It isn’t easy to leave the corporate world to start working on your personal advocacies, but Ruth Yu Owen was lionhearted. She had been working in corporate for her entire career but changed paths when she put up her own company, PhilCarbon, working towards the development of renewable energy.

She also co-founded Connected Women in 2017 with Gina Romero, whose mom used to work overseas, inspiring her to give women opportunities to work from anywhere through modern technology, so that they wouldn’t have to part with their children. Ruth partnered with Gina when Connected Women needed someone to oversee the commercial side of the business, someone who’s familiar with how the industry runs in the Philippines.

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It isn’t easy to leave the corporate world to start working on your personal advocacies, but Ruth Yu Owen was lionhearted. She had been working in corporate for her entire career but changed paths when she put up her own company, PhilCarbon, working towards the development of renewable energy.

She also co-founded Connected Women in 2017 with Gina Romero, whose mom used to work overseas, inspiring her to give women opportunities to work from anywhere through modern technology, so that they wouldn’t have to part with their children. Ruth partnered with Gina when Connected Women needed someone to oversee the commercial side of the business, someone who’s familiar with how the industry runs in the Philippines.

Ruth is in the business of building wind farms, solar rooftop, hydro power plants  and solar farm. Owning an engineering company is no longer just men’s business!

Ruth is proud Tausug and Chinese, she grew up in Zamboanga City. She moved to Manila and started her career in International shipping right after graduating from Ateneo de Zamboanga. This was a career of almost 20 years where she reached the top position of Managing Director

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I work hard and I play hard. In between, I try to be a good human being by making a difference in people’s lives, one person, one day at a time.

As Co-Founder of Connected Women, Ruth is passionate about empowering women in the workforce. Its focus is online job-matching platform dedicated to women seeking to work digitally from home. She fondly calls it “Tinder for Jobs”. Together with her Co-Founder, Gina Romero, their vision is to match 30,000 women with jobs in five (5) years. This is the future of work. This also means we stop shipping our mothers out to other countries. They can stay home, earn a decent living and be with their family.

When Ruth is not busy with work, she’s most likely spending time reading to children in Sulu and Tawi Tawi bringing them books, medicines and flip flops. She is a peace volunteer working closely with the Philippine Marines going on Medical Missions and  is a supporter of Football for Peace. It’s also not uncommon to see Ruth in Tondo feeding children and encouraging her friends to come and join her by sharing their blessings.

When her sister Sue, passed away from a vehicular accident in 2005, Ruth founded a food subsidy program at the Ateneo de Zamboanga called Pan Cada Dia, The Daily Bread. After 14 years, it now feeds more than 60 hungry students every school day.

When asked who inspired her to be where and who she is today, Ruth emotionally said that it was her mom, Sesian, who was simple and content even when in need. Ruth always comes back to this in her trying times. Her mom’s silent strength is what she wants to eventually achieve.

Ruth believes in work-life balance. She does Zumba, goes to the gym, practices pilates and meditates everyday.

“I work hard and I play hard. In between, I try to be a good human being by making a difference in people’s lives, one person, one day at a time.”