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Family

Family

We make fun of each other.  It is what we do in life, to show our love, to show a familiarity.  It is how Irish Catholic families pass on their traditions of storytelling and guilt at the same time.  I love sparring with my brother Michael (who alternately works for ...

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Listening

Listening

Strategy... How to make things better? How to push on one lever to impact another? How to support and sing real praises? How to listen, really listen? How to let others speak first.... How to engage smart young people? How to speak from the heart... How to engage in real discussions on real topics that people care about? How ...

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Travel

Travel

Each time we embark on something new, we open our eyes in a different way. We notice elements of the experience differently. When you land in a new place, you have to take it in differently, for guideposts, markers, unique characteristics. Each time I land in ...

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Education

Education

For all those interested in education reform, most will concede we have failed MANY our youth by giving up on them, left them with a system designed for the industrial revolution, instruction with limited to no relevancy for today's world and often encourage youth to find a ...

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Colleen McLaughlin, Founder

Colleen McLaughlin manages the work of Phosphorescence Inc., a nonprofit and educational consulting firm.  Colleen manages and works with a dedicated group of fellow consultants  who each bring their own talents and energy to each project.

Colleen is a businesswoman, consultant, trainer and youth worker who loves a challenge. She also works on human rights issues as an advocate and donor through the International Human Rights Funders Group and Grantmakers with Borders.  She is known to play hopscotch, blow bubbles and put up a tent inside the house when hanging out with friends and kids.

Colleen grew up in Chicago and has learned to challenge herself through:

Tibetain Bicycle

Travel (Tibet, Cambodia, Zanzibar, Peru, Klagenfurt, Haiti, Grand Coteau, Estonia, Greece, Philippines, Morocco, Kenya, Mongolia, Russia, North Cape);

Physical Challenges:  AIDS ride from Minneapolis to Chicago; Sailing; Kayaking; Hiking the Creek, River or any shoreline; Triathlons (loves the swim and bike, really really really doesn’t like to run EVER) and;

Work (Trainings, Program Development, Fundraising, Strategic Thinking, Staff Development and Pro Bono Fridays)….Colleen commutes between Chicago and Minneapolis, with frequent visits to both coasts for life and work.  Colleen pretends to take most of the summer off to live at the rental cabin on Balsam Lake, but continually invtites clients to the lake so that’s not really vacation.

Her favorite projects for the Youth Work Institute at the University of Minnesota include: Training on Quality Matters; Coaching within systems; Collaborating on Strategic Thinking and Working directly with youth workers. Colleen brings her experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer and a Jesuit Volunteer to help generate ideas that might help clients see any situation from a new perspective. Colleen spent several years of her life working on the West Side of St. Paul with the West Side Youth Collaborative and later as the Manager of the Youth Program at Neighborhood House. Those experiences taught her how to work in a large diverse group and find every available community resource.

Colleen has worked around the globe, placing medical students in rotations in Kenya, Peru, Guatemala and Ecuator and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Baltics, yep like on the Monopoly Board,  Baltic States (Estonia). Later in her career, Colleen fell in love with Evaluation and reports to enjoy data analysis. Colleen holds a Masters in Education from Loyola University Chicago and Bachelor of Arts from Creighton University.

Colleen has also worked for a variety of organizations, ranging from United Way Chicago, Neighborhood House, The Goldin Institute, the West Side Youth Collaborative, and Loyola University. She has consulted with the University of Minnesota (Center for Youth Development), Chinese Social Service Center,  Hope Collaborative,  One Percent Club, The Institute for Justice and Democracry in Haiti. As part of her work with the University of Minnesota Center for Youth Development, she has done Quality Matters assessments dozens of youth-serving agencies around the state of Minnesota.

Colleen with the Delegation from The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti:  Port Au Prince May 2010