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

11 months ago

Funning at TEDWomen2018

Running a Funny Girls Workshop
for Adults

At TEDWomen2018, FunnyGirls™ creators Jenny Raymond and Carla Blumenthal were selected to lead a (sold-out!) workshop for TEDsters willing to drop their inhibitions and throw themselves into the scary fun of doing weird things with strangers.

We designed our FunnyGirls™ leadership skills curriculum for 3rd to 8th grade girls, using improv exercises to get comfortable in the discomfort of learning to be a leader. Whenever we tell people about it, they say they wish they’d had a chance to discover these life lessons when they were kids. So Jenny and Carla created a special “grownups” edition for TED.

While it’s impossible to cram three months’ worth of FunnyGirls™ programming into a 90-minute session, Jenny and Carla led the participants in a symphony of spontaneity designed to teach Self-Awareness, Empathy, Resiliency, Collaboration, and Agility; the skills every leader needs to succeed.

Gauging from the grins, fist pumps, and thoughtful conversations from the participants, Mission Accomplished in teaching how to lead while laughing!


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