International Womens Leadership Expert Gloria Feldt

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Gloria Feldt is an acclaimed expert on women, power, and leadership with decades of frontline leadership experience, a bestselling author, and in-demand keynote speaker.

She is cofounder and president of Take The Lead, whose mission reflects her life’s passion: to prepare, develop, inspire, and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025 by providing breakthrough training, mentoring and coaching role modeling, and thought leadership. Its signature 50 Women Can Change the World program is an immersive version of her 9 Leadership Power Tools to Advance Your Career customized by industries for women in early career, midcareer, and executive levels.

She is the bestselling author of four books; the latest is No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, the research for which plus her own real world knowledge forms the core of Take The Lead’s programs.

She is formerly president and CEO of the world’s largest reproductive health and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, capping a 30-year career that included serving as CEO of affiliates in West Texas and Arizona as well as the national CEO. She was named by Vanity Fair one of “America’s Top 200 Women Leaders, Legends, and Trailblazers,” Glamour’s “Woman of the Year,” She Knows Media Inspiring Woman, Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, Women Economic Forum Circle of Light award, Texas Monthly’s Texas 20, Martin Luther King Living the Dream Award, and Forbes 40 Over 40.

She teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership” at Arizona State University. Feldt has been widely quoted and published, including by the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, The Daily Beast, Forbes, Fast Company, Time, Huffington Post, Glamour, Elle and Ms. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, the Today Show, Good Morning America and The Daily Show. She recently served on the board of the Women’s Media Center, the Jewish Women’s Archive, and Emerge America and remains on their honorary boards. She currently serves on the board of Women Connect 4 Good Foundation. She is a member of the New York Women’s Forum, the International Women’s Forum, and the World Academy of Art and Science and is an advisor to the ERA Coalition.

Gloria is an awesome chili maker. She and her husband Alex Barbanell live in New York City and Scottsdale, Arizona; they share a combined family of six children and 15 grandchildren, so there is never a dull moment in their lives. She spends too much time on social media and invites you to connect with her there.

Latest Media

Gloria is frequently interviewed and quoted in the media. Find her latest features here:

  • Badass Women at Any Age Podcast

    Badass Women Own and Keep Their Power with Gloria Feldt

    Many women aren’t even aware of all the ways they give their power away or how to use their power in a society that tells them otherwise. In this interview, Gloria shares how ambitious and confident women can recognize their own power, and exercise it in a way that helps them and others to achieve big things in life. 

  • World Woman Foundation

    In this video, Gloria shares her insight on women impact on global economy and our planet with World Woman Foundation. 

    Watch the interview...

  • Leading with Purpose in an Age Defined by It

    research paper by Quartz Insight and WE

    Gloria was interviewed for this report regarding bold leadership on today’s most important issues, and how brands can best tell stories about positive social impact.

    Read the report

  • Ellevate Podcast

    Episode 151: Taking the Lead, with Gloria Feldt

    Gloria offers her tips on the place of innovation and creation of meaning through organizational leadership, as well as what she is currently doing to give women an equal shot in the world.

  • How to Change the World Podcast

    with Catherine Alonzo
    Episode 24 - Gloria Feldt - Taking the lead to achieve gender parity

    Not-so-fun-fact: Did you know that fewer than 20% of top leaders across all sectors are women?

    Gloria joins the podcast to share her incredible journey, the wonders of internal and external barriers to leadership, and how we can make the world a more equal place.

  • So Money Podcast

    with Farnoosh Torabi
    Episode 508 - Gloria Feldt Co-Founder and President of Take The Lead

    Going from teen mom and high school drop out to later the president of Planned Parenthood and being named Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year…. Our guest today is in, one word, incredible.

    People Magazine calls her the “voice of experience.”

    Gloria Feldt, from a distance, has been one of my role models and we have her to thank for blazing the trail for so many ambitious women.

  • Ex-CEO of Planned Parenthood hopes empowerment movements are inclusive

    Gloria Feldt interviewed by ASU Lodestar conference

    Gloria Feldt has been at the forefront of women’s empowerment issues for decades, and she hopes women can move past the current #MeToo movement to include men in the conversation about gender equity.


  • Forbes Mentoring Moments Podcast

    with Denise Restauri

    Women Take Action: One Smart Way To Get And Use Power

    This is Mentoring Moments, a series of WOW-you-need-to-know-these stories and tips from successful women of multiple generations.

  • Excluded from the C-Suite? 12 Experts Offer Advice

    LeadersIn spoke to 12 executive coaching, leadership and diversity and inclusion experts including Gloria Feldt, Dr. Monique C. Johnson, Georgene Huang of Fairygodboss, Jo Miller and Selena Rezvani of Be Leaderly, Rania Anderson of The Way Women Work, Jennifer Brown and more to ask them what concrete advice they have for women who want to chart a path to the C-Suite.


  • Her Success Story Podcast

    with Ivy Slater

    Episode 62 - Changing the Culture of Business

    Gloria speaks to Ivy Slater on how to redefine your own power and the outlook of diversity with the next generation

  • Glamour’s ‘Woman of the Year’ Says 50 Women Can Change the Business World

    How can women take the lead in business? Gloria Feldt, president and co-founder of Take The Lead Women joins BoldTV to discuss her “50 Women Can Change the World” program

    Watch the interview...

  • WSJ Secrets of Wealthy Women Podcast

    with Veronica Dagher

    Gloria Feldt: Empowering Women Through Feminism

    A longtime advocate for women's rights, Gloria tells the Wall Street Journal's Veronica Dagher how the fight for gender parity remains a core mission in her life.

    Listen online at Wall Street Journal
  • Forbes Magazine

    Can A Woman Win The Presidency?

    Victoria Woodhull spent election day in 1872 in the Ludlow Street Jail, which derailed her plans to vote for herself for president of the United States — which she was bent on pulling off even though women wouldn’t get the right to vote for another 50 years...

    ...“A woman actually did win the popular vote, let’s not forget,” says Gloria Feldt, the co-president of Take the Lead, a non-profit dedicated to achieving gender parity by 2025, addressing the fact that Clinton won the popular vote by 2.87 million votes.  And, it seems we may never know the full impact Russia’s interference in our 2016 elections had on the outcome.


  • The Washington Post

    Kamala Harris won’t say ‘sorry.’ It might unfairly cost her a chance at the vice presidency.

    In this article about the gendered behavioral expectations for female political candidates, a quote from Gloria begins the discussion. Read it here.


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