Ruska Djerki PhD

business coach career change coach executive coach leadership coach management coach work-life balance


Ruska is a career coach, life coach, group coach, and mentor. She partners with individuals and groups to develop and implement changes. Ruska has been with big international pharma/bio companies as a leader for almost three decades. In parallel she trained with several different coaching schools. She enjoys assessing issues from different perspectives and it usually helps her clients to identify new choices and opportunities. Her clients come from different areas and industries, but with her science background majority of clients come from Pharma /Biotech industry.


Ruska’s clients are professionals from different industries, mostly with science background, from scientist, PhD candidates, postdocs, individual contributors to managers and VPs.

Professional Services Offered

Individual career coaching, individual life coaching, group career coaching, and mentoring

What Clients Can Expect

Ruska’s work with clients is focused on their self-awareness. Better understanding of ourselves leads to better choices in life, which ultimately improves overall wellbeing over time. Starting with understanding client’s goals and strengths, action plan is made for achieving set goals. During this process two key parameters are crucial for success: self-awareness and clearly defined goal.

Professional Qualifications

List certifications and qualifications (ICF certified, BCC certified, etc.)

  • Co-Active Coaching by CTI, London, UK C
  • New Venture West with James Flaherty, San Francisco, CA
  • Neuro Linguistic Programing at NLPU with Robert Dilts, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Leadership in Action Somatic Coaching at Strozzi Institute, Petaluma, CA
  • Enneagram Relationship Workshop with Enneagram Institute, Burlingame, Coaching
  • Introduction to corporate coaching by Innerworks Solution LLC, San Mateo, CA
  • Self-Relations Therapy Intensive with Stephen G. Gilligan, Encinitas, CA

Affiliations / Organizations

International Coaching Federation

San Diego Professional Coaches Association

Lee Hecht Harrison


PhD in Analytical Chemistry

Bachelors in Physical Chemistry


English / German / Croatian / Serbian


Ruska received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from UCSD and Bachelor’s degree in Physical Chemistry. She worked in Switzerland for 13 years with big pharma (Ciba Geigy and Sandos before they merged into Novartis). In the US, she worked with Novartis in NJ, Genentech in the Bay Area and Pacira in San Diego.

Ruska lived in Ohio, Utah, New Jersey, Colorado and California. Born in now Croatia. During her long career in Pharma & Biotech industry her passion for learning was interlinked with her passion for developing people. Ruska’s biggest satisfaction was helping people to recognize their potential and partnering with them during their personal and career growth. While working full time, she attended several coaching schools learning different approaches to coaching. This knowledge, together with her life and working experience in different cultures, has enabled her to observe issues from different angles and share this with her clients.

After retiring from corporate, Ruska worked for Lee Hecht Harrison for 2 years as a career coach. Now she does Pro Bono work.

Contact Me

Email: [email protected] 

Phone: 650-303-7741