Ann’s vision is to see individuals, marriages, families, relationships, neighborhoods, schools, businesses and whole communities transformed through the self-awareness, compassionate honesty, trust, mutual respect and connection created by the practice of compassionate communication.
Ann W. Harrington holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Masters degree in Speech/Language Pathology. Since arriving in Duluth in 1977, Ann gained 20 years of experience working as a Speech/Language Pathologist at Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Services, Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative, UMD’s Speech and Language Clinic and most recently as Director of Speech/Language Pathology services at Bridge Rehabilitation. Ann is also trained as a Life Coach and is a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute and Co-Active Leadership Training Program of San Raphael, CA. Ann receives ongoing training in Nonviolent Compassionate Communication (NVC) and in August 2013 will complete the LIFE program, a two-year course offered through the Center for Living Compassion by Robert Gonzales (living-compassion.org).
In 2004, Ann experienced two life events that shifted her professional focus. Both became ‘passions’ and were developed into separate companies.
The first life event happened when Ann was introduced to Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s writing and international work in Nonviolent Compassionate Communication (NVC). This work was also about ‘language’, but with a completely different emphasis. Ann describes NVC as “a way of giving and receiving understanding and respect using a set of language skills that can help to resolve conflict and rebuild trust in any relationship, personal or professional.” Her inspiration and excitement about learning and sharing this refreshing, empathy-based “language of life” model led to Ann’s decision to receive training for herself in NVC and the creation of Ann Harrington Training and Consulting and www.annwharrington.com.
The second life event happened when Ann received a “bad” mammogram diagnosis which required further testing, mammograms and surgery to remove a pre-cancerous tumor. Ann decided that when she recovered, she would “do something” to make mammograms less stressful. That “something” became an invention Ann calls the CozyMamm Bucky Warmer. CozyMamm™ warms the mammography machine before the exam. In 2006, Ann was awarded 1st Prize in Whirlpool Corporation’s “Mother Of Invention” contest for aspiring inventors. In 2007, Ann’s company, Marvel Concepts LLC, was invited to become a member of UMD’s Center for Economic Development Business Incubator located in the Technology Village in downtown Duluth. In January 2012, Marvel Concepts LLC received the patent and trademark on the CozyMamm™ device. Currently, Ann operates both businesses from this central location.
Ann and her husband Steve, have two grown daughters and live in Duluth’s Lester Park neighborhood (1 block from the x-c ski trails!).
Ann’s community involvement
Ann has volunteered at Safe Haven Shelter for Battered Women and been an NVC educator there. She currently facilitates “Healing Circle,” a weekly support group for women in crisis, sponsored by Safe Haven Shelter at the Safe Haven Resource Center (formerly Lake Superior Family Justice Center).
Ann is listed as a Qualified Neutral/ Mediator (Facilitative/Hybrid Roster) under Rule 114 of the the Minnesota General Rules of Practice.
Ann Harrington Training & Consulting sponsors a Community NVC Practice Group, twice a month at her office location in the Center For Economic Development (CED) Business Incubator, Suite 210, in downtown Duluth, Minnesota. The only prerequisites for attending this group are a genuine interest in learning NVC and having read Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s book on NVC called Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life.
Bullying Prevention: In 2012, Ann was a member of a Bullying Prevention Committee sponsored by the Miller-Dwan Foundation, St. Luke’s Foundation and St. Luke’s Hospital. The purpose of this committee was to respond to the community request for more information and discussion of this important issue in our community. We created a 3-part Series called Bullying: Continuing the Conversation. Read more about this committee by downloading the 3-part Series flyer.
Ann was a featured presenter at the 2013 Cultivating Compassion: Empathy, Leadership and Social Change Conference, where she conducted five skill workshops throughout the day. These workshops were designed to offer an assortment of practical perspectives and skills for using empathy in everyday communication. Learn more about Ann’s involvement in the conference.