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About Ann:

Ann’s journey starts in New York City where she grew up and developed her identity and passions. After graduate school, she left New York for Washington DC and a position with the US Environmental Protection Agency. She then returned to New York where one of her jobs was leading the City’s hazardous materials emergency response team, that responded to over 600 incidents a year – fires, dumped chemicals, explosions and toxic surprises.

In New York, Ann married Ermanno Vanino, a filmmaker, who brought a new dimension to her life. Ann and Ermanno’s adventures brought them to Los Angeles where she worked in the private sector and then started her own consulting business with a partner, focusing on environmental regulation and management.

Ann’s journey took a turn in 1996 when she became a coach and founded Moving Forward Coaching & Consulting. In 2000, Ann and Ermanno moved to the High Mojave Desert of southern California. She continues her coaching there, inspired by the solitude, beauty and silence of the desert and mountains that surround her. The photographs on this site are all taken by Ermanno at their desert home.

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Quotes by Ann

“Our workplaces would be more productive and happier places if creativity was encouraged. In many organizations, self-expression is silenced. What is needed is the integrating of individual creativity with the goals of an organization. It can be done.”

“The starting point is the honoring of the individual. The organization is an organic system. The whole is the sum of its parts. The people who constitute the organization create it.”

“For years, management consultants and self-improvement experts have advised you to “manage” time. Planners, organizers and linear structures are useful, but in reality there is too much information and too many demands on your time to properly manage them. Time cannot be managed, you have to manage yourself.”

“Sometimes we throw away our personal freedom. Life gets complicated – we see our options as limited. In reality, our options are unlimited – for each and every one of us.”

“”It’s a matter of choosing how you want to live and finding your way there. The fences you perceive as limiting you are often of your own making or are a result of the influence of those around you. Embracing your freedom allows you to break through perceived fences and pursue your dreams. Your dreams can be realized with your commitment, courage, persistence and self-reliance.”

“Many think that creativity is a special talent, given only to a few. That is not the case. Everyone is creative. Creativity is the nurturing of the unique voice that lies within you. The form in which you express your creativity is secondary. Your creativity lies in your view of the world, your talents and your gifts. They are meant to be shared with the world.”

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The Money Millhouse Podcast — Lessons and Life Coaches

Ann joins Ellie Kay and Bethany Bayless for a fun and lively discussion about developing a positive relationship with money, how money factors into career success and Ann’s personal journey with money. Listeners to the podcast can download a free copy of Ann’s book, Power Stories: Mythical Tales of Personal Power At Work!