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
Jenny and Carla take their #FunnyGirls insights on the road
The expansion of our Funny Girls program during the fall of 2017 brought new curiosity into how we elevate girls’ leadership skills through improv.
Here at the Harnisch Foundation, it's been a big sweet doughnut of a year, filled with deliciousness, the goodness coming down the conveyor belt so fast we can hardly keep up.
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Our Funny Girls program opens the door to mastering and modeling five core leadership skills: collaboration, agility, self-awareness, empathy, and resiliency.
“How can I be a better ally?” is a beautiful question. Safety Pin Box will give you the answers and teach you a thing or two about racial bias.
When documentary film disrupts the concept of justice and equality — and shifts the public consciousness.
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