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

2 years ago

Issue 3: An Invitation to Do Something

Dear Reader,

How are you celebrating International Women’s Day?

We at The Harnisch Foundation never miss a good opportunity to highlight women of influence and the nonprofit organizations they support. Check out what Alysia Reiner, Elizabeth Plank, Lena Dunham, and Gloria Feldt are passionate about. How about you?

This is your personal invitation to celebrate International Women’s Day by looking for an opportunity to take a leadership role and step up as a leader. If your first thought was Uh, NO! join the (very big) club.

Traditionally, women have been reluctant to put ourselves out there. We have such good reasons for not offering ourselves. I could fill this page with seemingly legitimate grounds to stay on the sidelines. In spite of my excellent excuses, I know joining the growing contingent of women willing to lead is a responsibility. I can’t bemoan the status quo if I’m not willing to step up and take part in the solution.

And I want YOU to do it too.

When you see stories of unfairness and inequality of opportunity in this world, you --yes, YOU--can do something to help fix it. When you see stories of atrocities being committed against women, you—yes, YOU--can do something to help stop it. When you see a need, you--yes, YOU--can do something to help fill it.

My courage comes from watching women who were willing to take a bold stance of leadership, using their networks and financial resources to shatter traditions and glass ceilings. When women are seen and heard as leaders, taking bold stances, others find the courage to be seen and heard too. Every one of us who models fearless grounded confidence lights the candle of the next one, and the next one.

Will you celebrate International Women’s Day by expanding your comfort level with a more public leadership role? Will you actively pursue opportunities to be seen and heard? We must take these steps so that it becomes common for leadership to come in female form. Push past your resistance! Step up to speak, to run for office, to join that board, and any other form of public expression that adds to the visibility and influence of all genders.

Women tend to wait for the perfect time (or until they’re perfect) before stepping up as leaders. Nobody’s perfect and nobody’s ready.

We won’t get a fairer, more equitable, happier world until leadership reflects the real world. We’re waiting for you – what are you waiting for?

Love,

Ruth Ann

Read: Women Shouldn't Have to Lead Like Men to be Successful

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Roxane Gay has BIG thoughts about workplace diversity, but not just as it pertains to gender. According to Gay, it isn't enough to have more women in top leadership positions, we should also be thinking about diversity of leadership styles.

"When we discuss women in the workplace, we’re all too often talking about a style that embraces noticeable zeal and force. We’re asking women to conform to a workplace environment without considering that it is the workplace environment itself that could stand to conform to a broader range of personality types and leadership styles."

Watch: Why Women Make Better Business Leaders

"Women in management rate at 11.58 percentile points above their male peers at taking initiative in the workplace."

Attend: WomenWerk Conference

Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 3.14.41 PMWomenWerk was co-founded by Nekpen Osuan and Demi Ajayi to change the way women discuss, perceive, and overcome challenges. Their goal is to provide a platform for women to affirm and celebrate individual and collective success.

This is the second year of the conference, and there's still time to register! Register here for the WomenWerk Conference on March 7th!

Ask: Ruth Ann a Question

Have questions about philanthropy? Looking for ways to maximize your impact? Want the latest on girls & women? Ask our Founder Ruth Ann below. Check back as she'll respond in a future post.

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Engage: with #NotJustAStat for International Women's Day

Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 3.27.50 PMOn the International Women's Day official site, it's easy to find out how many events will be popping up in your neck of the woods.

Meanwhile, we've been celebrating all week! Every day, March 1st - 8th, we're partnering with a different awesome woman to shed light on the people, stories and solutions behind statistics, AND to give $1K a day to an organization working on the frontlines. Share your story on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram by using #NotJustAStat, and help us show the world there are real people behind numbers.

 

 

 

 


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