Stoneleigh Fellow Ruth Abaya is one of five finalists for the Integrity Icon Philadelphia initiative.
This profile is one in a series of five, spotlighting the finalists of Integrity Icon Philadelphia, the first U.S. iteration of a global initiative to honor public servants who go above and beyond their job descriptions to uplift their communities in meaningful ways. Please read the other profiles here, then vote for your favorite Icon here.
Ruth Abaya knew for certain that she wanted to pursue a career in medicine after one particular incident as a high school student in Nigeria. “I had the opportunity to witness a child being born, and that sealed the deal for me,” she says. “I thought it was incredible.”