References are available upon request.
Call 319-430-4966 or email to request specific references.

My Speaking Engagements: 

May 1, 2018, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm 
Discovering My Life’s Purpose 
North Liberty Library
North Liberty, Iowa

September 24, 2017 1:00-4:00pm
Local Author Fair 
Book signing 
Library in North Liberty, Iowa

April 27, 2017 10:00 am
Miracles Never Cease
Hills Bank & Trust
Coralville, IA

April 11, 2017
0900 Discovering My Life’s Purpose
2:30 Blooming & Growing After Trauma  (mom & I)
Washington State Brain Injury Conference Seattle, Washington

March 9, 2017, 7:00-8:15 pm
Healing Through Brain Injury
Inspire Café
Dubuque, Iowa 

March 1, 2017
Family Dynamics in Recovery From Brain Injury
BIAIA Conference
Des Moines, Iowa

February 5, 2017 4:00-5:00 pm
Presentation/Book signing
Prairie Lights Bookstore
Iowa City, Iowa

January 24, 2017, 12:00-1:00 pm
Iowa City Kiwanis Club
Pizza Ranch
Iowa City, IA

December 3, 2016 12:00-2:00 pm
Book signing: Discovering My Life’s Purpose From Tragedy to Triumph
Williamsburg Bookstore
Williamsburg, Iowa

November 19, 2016 1:00-2:00 pm
Book signing: Discovering My Life’s Purpose From Tragedy to Triumph
River Lights bookstore
Dubuque, Iowa

September 30, 2015 1030 am
Tragedy & Triumph of Traumatic Brain Injury
University of Iowa College of Physical Therapy
Iowa City, Iowa

May 5, 2015 0900 am
Discovering My Life’s Purpose
2015 BIA-Wisc. Conference Mind, Body & Spirit in Brain Injury
Kalahari Resort
Wisconsin Dells, Wisc.

March 5, 2015 1000 am
Discovering My Life’s Purpose
2015 BIA-IA Conference
Best Practice in Brain Injury 
Sheraton Hotel
West Des Moines, Iowa

October 22, 2014 1030 am
Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury
Iowa Association of Family, Career & Community
Leaders of America
Coralville, Iowa Public Library

October 16-17, 2014 0900 am
My New Life’s Purpose
2014 Survive & Thrive Conference
St. Cloud, Minnesota

October 8, 2014 1030 am
Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury
University of Iowa College of Physical Therapy
Iowa City, Iowa

September 5, 2014 0900 am
Northeast Iowa Brain Injury Conference
Miracles Continue Presenting Themselves
Hotel Winneshiek
Decorah, Iowa

April 10-11, 2014
Examined for Life: Writing, Humanities & the Art of Medicine Conference: Total Brain Injury & Healing Humanities
University of Iowa College of Medicine
Iowa City, Iowa

March 13, 2014
The Road to New Normal, Living with Brain Injury
Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa Conference
Distinguished Public Service Award
Des Moines, Iowa

October 19, 2013  8:45 am
Despite Brain Injury, Miracles Never Cease
Tri-State Brain Injury Conference
Grand River Center
Dubuque, Iowa

September 26, 2013 8:30 am
Despite Brain Trauma; Miracles Presented Themselves
Brain Injury Association of Canada Conference
Ambassador Hotel
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

September 11, 2013 10:30 am
Dynamics of Traumatic Brain Injury
University of Iowa: Physical Therapy School
Iowa City, Iowa

July 24, 2013 12:00 pm
Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury
Genesis Hospital
West Campus Pavilion #2
Davenport, Iowa

May 9, 2013 8:30 am
Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury
Iowa Assoc. of Community Providers
Another Day, Another Cliff 
ISU Scheman Building
Ames, Iowa

April 6, 2013 9:00 am
Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury
Pilot International Midwest Convention
Holiday Inn
Coralville, Iowa

Jan 8, 2013, 7 pm
“Miracles Never Cease”
Traumatic Brain Injury 

St. Thomas More Church
Coralville, Iowa

Aug 8, 2012, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury
Case Count Management Conference
Embassy Suites
Downtown Des Moines, Iowa

May  1, 2012, 8:00 am & 6:00 pm
Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury 
Luther College
Olin Room #102   8:00 am
Valders Room #206    6:00 pm
Decorah, Iowa

April 19, 2012, 3:00 pm
Iowa School Nurse Conference
Hotel @ Kirkwood Center
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

April 17, 2012, 6:00 pm 
Pi Kappa Ceremony 
Allen College
McBride Auditorium
Waterloo, Iowa

March 29, 2012, 1130 am
Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury
Mercy Hospital
Des Moines, Iowa

March 27, 2012, 5:30 pm
BIA Awards & Recognition
Mercy Hospital
Hallagan Auditorium
Cedar Rapids, IA

March 7, 2012, 2:30 pm
Family & Advocates: Navigating Brain Injury
Sheraton Inn
West Des Moines, Iowa

December 7, 2011 1:00 pm
Introduction to Communication Disorders
University of Iowa, Wendall Johnson
Iowa City, Iowa

November 2, 2011 10:00 am
Flaherty  Communication Room, Basile Hall
Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Free Admission

October 5, 2011 8:15 am
Action Abilities in Action Conference
Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids Iowa
To register please click here and locate the Abilities in Action Conference #CHNC-4200-19172

August 12, 2011
Joy of Caring
Clarke College
Dubuque, Iowa

June 17, 2011
Mayo Clinic 18th Annual Brain Injury Conference
Rochester, MN

May 12, 2011
Nursing Grand Rounds
Veterans Administration Hospital
Minneapolis, MN

April 29, 2011
Minnesota Brain Injury Association’s Annual Conference
Minneapolis, MN

April 1, 2011
Trauma Conference
Mercy Hospital
Iowa City, IA

February 11, 2011
Speech and Hearing Therapists & Students
University of Iowa Wendall Johnson
Iowa City, IA

November 24, 2010
Minnesota Brain Injury Association Employees
Minneapolis, MN

October 28, 2010
University of Iowa Physical and Occupational Therapists
University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics
Iowa City, IA

October 8, 2010
Pediatric Nursing Conference
Iowa City, IA

September 22, 2010
Adult and Child Neurosurgical Conference
Coralville, IA

July 23, 2010
Health Care Professionals
Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
Lincoln, NE

May, 2010
Medical Students
Carver College of Medicine, Dept. of Internal Medicine
Iowa City, IA

April 29, 2010
CEO & Health Administration Students
University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics
Iowa City, IA

March 26, 2010
Finley Hospital
Dubuque, IA

March 4, 2010
Iowa Brain Injury Association Conference
West Des Moines, IA

November 30, 2009
Nursing Grand Rounds
University of Iowa Hospital
Iowa City, IA


November 4th, 2016
Vocational Rehabilitation of Iowa Interview Video

July 5, 2016

June 10, 2016

TV/Radio Appearances:

November 18th, 2016
WGLR 97.7 FM at around 12:30pm

November 17th, 2016
KIYX Dubuque Super Hits 106.1 FM: online at around 3:20pm

November 12th, 2016
2:45pm with Living Full Out:

July 25th, 2016 9:00pm central time
TBI One Love Radio Show!TBI-One-Love-Survivor-Bridgid-Ruden/wdy1g/575dae920cf2b2ec51857548

November 20, 2013
Hope Beyond Trauma Radio Show

December 10, 2010
Brain Injury Survival Story on Public Access Television
Part I:
PATV Part One
Part II:
PATV Part Two

January 6, 2010
“The Exchange”: Iowa Public Radio Talk Program with Ben Kieffer.

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Book Signings: 

February 5th, 2017, 4:00 pm
Prairie Lights Book Store
Iowa City, Iowa

December 3, 2016
Warehouse Book Store
Outlet Mall – Williamsburg, Iowa

November 19, 2016 1:00-2:00 pm 
River Lights Book Store 
Dubuque, Iowa


September 19, 2016
Bridgid’s new book:
bridgidrudenbookvsmDiscovering My Life’s  Purpose: From Tragedy to Triumph!

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

October 23, 2015
I Never Thought It Would Happen To Me
Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance

February 12, 2015
Life’s Tremendous Journey
Hope Works Foundation of New Zealand

April 11, 2014
My New Life’s Purpose
Rehabilitation Institute Of Brookhaven Hospital

November 11, 2013
Despite Brain Injury Disabilities:Opportunities Can Arise

January 27, 2012
Where Did My Memory Go

July 2011
Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury from a Bicycle Accident
Published in: Progression: an Anthology of the Patient Voice Project 

January 11, 2011
Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury from a Bicycle Accident

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