About

gloriaHeadshotCo-founder and President, Take The Lead | Inspiring Leadership Speaker | Author | World Changer

Gloria Feldt is co-founder and president of Take The Lead, the new women’s leadership movement to prepare, develop, inspire and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. The bestselling author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, Gloria is an acclaimed expert on women, power and authentic leadership, and an inspiring keynote speaker, who motivates with heart and humor as a practical activist gives practical “Power Tools” for life and leadership.

People magazine calls her the “voice of experience.” Gloria’s expertise in women, power and leadership comes from a deep well of personal knowledge gained on the frontlines.  Her journey from teen mom and high school dropout from rural Texas to president and CEO of the world’s largest reproductive health and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to best-selling author and visionary leader for women’s equality inspires both men and women.  Named by Vanity Fair as one of “America’s Top 200 Women Leaders, Legends, and Trailblazers,” Glamour’s “Woman of the Year,” and a Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st century, among other honors. A world changer who helped pave the way for women today, she believes this is women’s moment to achieve parity. Her passion is to remove the last remaining obstacle:  women’s learned resistance to embracing their own power.  It’s why women are stuck at 18% of top leadership positions and why the loss of high-performing female employees keeps organizations from optimal success.  Once women “stand in their power and walk with intention,” they can lead unlimited lives and reach parity from the boardroom to the bedroom for good – their own, and society’s as well.

Gloria believes this is women’s moment to achieve parity. Her passion is to remove the last remaining obstacle: Women’s learned resistance to embracing their own power. It’s why women are stuck at 18% of top leadership positions and why the loss of high-performing female employees keeps organizations from optimal success. Once women “stand in their power and walk with intention,” they can lead unlimited lives and reach parity from the boardroom to the bedroom for good — their own, and society’s as well.

Author of four books, she teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership” at Arizona State University. Her keynotes and Power Tool workshops offer fresh insight, inspiration, and practical takeaways participants can instantly use as leadership skills, concrete solutions and goal achievement plans. Both a newsmaker and a commentator, Gloria has been widely quoted and published in media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Politico, Salon, The Daily Beast, and Huffington Post, and magazines including More, Glamour, Elle and Ms. She has appeared extensively on television, including CNN, MSNBC, the Today Show, Good Morning America and The Daily Show.  She is a SheSource media expert. On her website www.GloriaFeldt.com, she writes a popular blog, “Heartfeldt.” She hangs out on social media far too much. Follow her on twitter @GloriaFeldt and connect on Facebook and LinkedIn.

She recently served on the boards of the Women’s Media Center and Emerge America, and as co-chair of US Women Connect. She is currently on the Jewish Women’s Archive board.  She and her husband Alex Barbanell share a combined family of six children and 14 grandchildren; they live in New York City and Scottsdale, AZ.

Contact for speaking engagements or media inquiries: gloria@gloriafeldt.com
Contact for Take The Lead training or inquiries: gloriafeldt@taketheleadwomen.com

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