Ruth Ann Harnisch, Founder & President

Here’s where I sound off! Whether I’m sharing fresh insights or channeling
righteous rage, this is the place I’ll be pouring my heart out to you. Updated
fortnightly if not more frequently.

Ruth Ann Harnisch, Founder & President

Here’s where I sound off! Whether I’m sharing fresh insights or channeling
righteous rage, this is the place I’ll be pouring my heart out to you. Updated
fortnightly if not more frequently.

In 1998, when I founded the Harnisch Foundation, my intention was to be a good steward, leveraging money, skills, and connections to help make life a little better for others.
Ruth Ann Harnisch
In 1998, when I founded the Harnisch Foundation, my intention was to be a good steward, leveraging money, skills, and connections to help make life a little better for others.
Ruth Ann Harnisch

1 week ago

It’s Called Funny Girls, but Funny Isn’t The Focus

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Note: It’s the Harnisch Foundation, but the Harnisches are outnumbered by the professionals who lead the daily operations and who take the mic today to tell you more about Funny Girls.

While funny things are bound to happen in our Funny Girls program, names can be misleading. We aren't running a comic boot camp or grooming the next stand-up star. We are boosting girls’ key leadership skills via improv an art form that allows the funny through the floodgates.

Unpredictable and bizarre situations emerge in improv, and scenes tap into the hilarity of our everyday lives. However, in improv, the goal is not to show up with a preplanned joke. It’s about being present in and responding to the moment while also drawing on the power of imagination and spontaneity (of course, in good taste or at least within some healthy limits)! As a result, the improv scene may take an unanticipated twist that subverts our expectations and captures the funny in the moment. Hello,  Benign Violation Theory we see you, and we know that you are behind the giggles.

So, yes, funny things are bound to happen in our leadership-through-improv program. But... it’s not about being funny. It’s equipping girls our future politicians, community leaders, and entrepreneurs  with leadership skills using the cloak of improv and, yes, a little humor.

Learn more about the Funny Girls program and the five core leadership skills taught. Also, I hope you join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get regular updates on our work and that of our partners!


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