YWCA Tucson Women’s Leadership Conference

Greetings from Tucson where I delivered a keynote for the 2011 Annual YWCA’s Women’s Leadership Conference on my favorite topic, No Excuses and a brief workshop on the 9 Ways Power tools with about 400 women.

I had the honor of tag-teaming with the inspiring Shoshana Johnson, the first African American female prisoner of war (POW) of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Plus, we were Glamour Women of the Year honorees together in 2003!


Friday Round Up: Inspiring Women and Taking Leadership NOW

Photo: Signing books at YWCA Tucson Women’s Leadership Conference-that’s  Sergeant Bernadette Martinez Smith on the right–do read her inspiring story here: http://9ways.gloriafeldt.com/2011/10/05/she%E2%80%99s-doing-it-sargent-bernadette-smith-making-a-difference/


Tucson, AZ
Friday, 9/16/11
Keynote Presentation
YWCA Tucson Women’s Leadership Conference
Westin La Paloma

Bernadette Smith I had the honor to meet Sergeant Bernadette Smith at the YWCA Women’s Leadership Conference in Tucson. We had written back and forth, as she had contacted me via this website after discovering No Excuses in a local bookstore. Once I met her in person I knew she was someone you had to meet. She is the epitome of “Power-To” utilized gracefully in a very male-centric profession.

As you’ll see she also has a keen sense of humor about it. This is her inspiring story written for “She’s Doing It.” She’s Doing It: Sergeant Bernadette Smith Making a Difference










GLORIA FELDT is the New York Times bestselling author of several books including No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, a sought-after speaker and frequent contributor to major news outlets, and the Co-Founder and President of Take The LeadPeople has called her “the voice of experience,” and among the many honors she has been given, Vanity Fair called her one of America’s “Top 200 Women Legends, Leaders, and Trailblazers,” and Glamour chose her as a “Woman of the Year.”

As co-founder and president of Take The Lead, a leading women’s leadership nonprofit, her mission is to achieve gender parity by 2025 through innovative training programs, workshops, a groundbreaking 50 Women Can Change The World immersive, online courses, a free weekly newsletter, and events including a monthly Virtual Happy Hour program and a Take The Lead Day symposium that reached over 400,000 women globally in 2017.

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