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SIS Co-Founders

Canan Arikan & Ruth Schowalter

Canan Arikan is an entrepreneur, women’s advocate, and InterPlayer Leader-in-Training. She has more than 15 years of volunteer work supporting and empowering women and youth. Since arriving in the United States two years ago, she has earned the Level-1 Certificate in Applied InterPlay and co-created 4 InterPlay workshops and one English-language 5-workshop series to support international women and her wider community. In 2018, asylum seeker Canan and her collaborator Ruth Schowalter founded “Sustaining International Sisters” (SIS) to bring together asylum seekers, other international women, and U.S. citizens in the metro-Atlanta. Canan holds an MBA and completed graduate studies for a PhD in Management and Organization.

 

Ruth Schowalter is a certified leader in InterPlay, an improvisational system that fosters authentic communication by acknowledging the “whole” person (body, mind, heart and soul). In her interactive InterPlay workshops, Ruth integrates improvisation, physical movement, and other enlivening forms of expression, providing the right tools for her participants to make meaningful conversations and give memorable, effective presentations. Ruth specializes in American English fluency, with an emphasis on improving presentation skills appropriate for corporate, academic, and other professional settings. With her Master’s of Science in Applied Linguistics and ESL, she has taught more than twenty years at the Language Institute of Georgia Tech University applying her expertise to business, science, and creative communication.