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Dr. Anita Nowak

Anita graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce (1997), completed a Graduate Diploma in Communication Studies at Concordia (1999), obtained a Master’s in Media and Communication Studies from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (2001) and successfully defended her PhD in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill in August, 2011. At present, she is the Integrating Director of the Social Economy Initiative at McGill University.


Anita’s doctoral work involved narrative inquiry interviews with social entrepreneurs to inform a concept she calls “Empathic Action.” Her long-term goal is two-fold:
  • First, to inspire individuals (especially youth) to become more socially engaged
  • Second, to work with enlightened business leaders and social entrepreneurs to fast-track a vibrant pluralist social economy.
Anita is the author of more than a dozen conference papers and co-editor of two anthologies: Rethinking Media Education: Critical Pedagogy and Identity Politics (Hampton Press, 2007) and Women/Advertising/Representation: Extending Beyond Familiar Paradigms (Hampton Press, 2010). Anita Nowak is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Sauvé Foundation. She is currently writing a book with the working title The Power of Empathy.

Introducing a Pedagogy of Empathic Action as Informed by Social Entrepreneurs
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Ann W. Harrington

Ann W. Harrington holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Masters degree in Speech/Language Pathology. 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.

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

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.
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