Old Dominion University Women’s Center

Thurs. and Fri. 11/3/11 & 11/4/11: Norfolk, VA
Keynote and No Excuses Workshop
Old Dominion University Women’s Center
Women’s Institute for Leadership Development
Webb University Center

The Deltas turned out in powerful force at my No Excuses keynote at Old Dominion University


SCWLA’s 2011 Conference – Women Lawyers and Leadership

SWLA EventThe conference program featured women who have made a difference in the world of professional women.

Photo: Victoria Pynchon organized and moderated our panel at SC Women Lawyers Assoc. with the two Glorias and (not shown) Shelby Knox and Jamia Wilson.

Speakers included:

  • Professor Anita Hill on the topic of “Looking Back 30 Years at Advancements of Women in the Legal Profession.”
  • The legendary Gloria Steinem and nationally renowned activist and author, Gloria Feldt, participating in a panel discussion on “What’s Next for Working Women.”
  • Another panel of local women leaders discussed developing leadership skills
  • Political consultant/motivational speaker, Deb Sofield, revealed the “Unspoken Rules of the Game.”
  • Other speakers contributed their thoughts to the evolving roles and rights of women in the workplace and community.

Event organizers promised a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of influential women and both participants and presenters delivered on the promise.



Thurs. 10/21: Columbia, SC
Featured Speaker
SCWLA’s 2011 Conference – Women Lawyers and Leadership


After SCWLA panel on "What's Next for Women in the Workplace?" people wanted to keep talking. Over 200 high energy women attended this very special conference that also celebrated the 20th anniversary of Anita Hill's courageous testimony during Clarence Thomas's U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings.


Gloria Steinem and I flank the first and oldest female lawyer in South Carolina, Sarah Leverette, who was not able to get a job practicing law so she did legal research. Born in 1910, Leverette is still actively involved in the SC bar and advocating for women at age 91. The state legislature passed this resolution commending her on her 90th birthday: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess118_2009-2010/bills/4366.htm

We Believe Anita Hill 20th Anniversary Party

Ania Hill signing her new bookMore than 500 people came out for the 20th Annual I Believe Anita Hill Party.

For the past 20 years, S. Carolina women have been honoring Professor Hill’s contribution to women’s right to be free of sexual harassment in the workplace. This year, for the 20th Anniversary, Professor Hill for the first time attended the party (on October 20) and the following day she was a  keynote for the annual S. Carolina Women Lawyers Association Conference.

Photo: Ania Hill signing her new book


“Gloria Who? To a Generation of Women She Was Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Victoria Pynchon. Forbes, August 12, 2011

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At the party, Professor Hill was on hand all evening to shake hands, sign copies of her new book, Reimaging Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home, and make remarks.

The audience cheered as she encouraged them to keep up the fight for equality in the work force and vigilance against sexual harassment.

Thurs. 10/20/11, Columbia SC
Keynote and panel
We Believe Anita Hill 20th Anniversary Party


Anita Hill party over 500 attendees
Anita Hill party over 500 attendees


Anita Hill party organizers with Hill
Anita Hill party organizers with Hill



Financial Women’s Association of New York

Our Gloves Are Off: Women Powering Women to Success: An Evening of Connecting and Advancing.

That was the theme for the event sponsored by the Financial Women’s Association of New York’s Entrepreneurs committee.

We enjoyed networking, drinks and hors d’oeuvres prior to my presentation of a No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power workshop.

FWA Logo

New York, NY
Monday, 10/17/11
No Excuses Book Talk and Signing

Financial Women’s Association of New York
WNYC Green Space


3Plus International Event

Thirty-one women gathered in New York City for 3Plus International’s U.S. premier and signature mini mentoring event. They came from Philadelphia, Boston, New Jersey and the Big Apple.

The room was abuzz with energy. There were women in finance, medicine, publishing, marketing, coaching, and the twitterati were there as well. Ages ranged from early twenties to late sixties. Countries of origin spanned the globe.

Photo: Top Row: Nathalie Molina, Dr. Anne Perschel, Shayna Joson. Bottom Row: Jennifer Sertl, Tanya Odom, Gloria Feldt

Five superb mentors shared their experiences and advice, answering questions about career transitions, negotiating monies, and working through, over, and around the old boys’ club.

People received encouragement, support, inspiration as well as tactical advice to implement the next day. The panel disbursed and smaller groups of women met with mentors for more intimate conversations.

New York, NY
Thursday, 10/13/11
All-star Panelist
3Plus International – New York City Networking & Mini-Mentoring Event
Roger Smith Hotel in the Starlight Loft

Gloria Feldt, Changing of the Guard – Columbus Metropolitan Club

Power inequality colors political and business process, outcome, efficiency and civility at every level. How can we affect change for the better? That was the premise behind the discussion I lead along with  panelists Julie Moorhead, Vice President of Sales, Thirty-One Gifts, Mary B. Relloto, Founder and Owner, Dames Bond LLC, and Antoinette Wilson, Principle and CEO, Triumph Communications, Inc.

Columbus (OH) Metropolitan Club president Rich Terapak and the amazing “Changing the Guard” panel I had a chance to facilitate at the CMC’s luncheon event: l-r, Mary B. Relatto, founder of Dames Bond; me in the red jacket (surprised?),  Julie Moorhead, V.P. sales, Thirty-one Gifts; and Antoinette Wilson, CEO of Triumph Communications.



Columbus Metropolitan Club Logo

Featured Luncheon Speaker
Columbus Metropolitan Club
Athletic Club of Columbus,

Columbus, OH,

Wednesday, 10/12

New Directions Career Center Event

Gallery owner, Haley Savage, generously hosted a private reception for myself, notable guests, and the sponsors of NDCC’s Fall Event,  Gloria Feldt’s NO Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How They Think About Power.

The afternoon reception was held at the Haley Gallery Prior to my speaking engagement at the Hilton Columbus at Easton on October 12, 2011.

Photo (above): Haley Savage, Haley Gallery Owner, and Gloria Feldt, Author and Featured Speaker for NDCC’s 2011 Fall Event

The beautiful Haley Gallery Space in New Albany

Photo: (Below) Former OH Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (facing) talking with New Directions Career Center executive director Linda Danter (in turquoise jacket) at pre-event reception benefitting the NDCC, generously hosted in the beautiful Hayley Gallery in Columbus OH. Jennifer brilliantly spearheaded my Columbus Day events in Columbus (if you can believe that serendipity), along with her sister Andrea Junck Dowding.



New Directions Career Center LogoColumbus, OH
Wednesday, 10/12/11
Keynote Presentation
New Directions Career Center Event
Hilton Columbus at Easton

Media Buzz

She’s Doing It: Young Women of the Loud Empresses Declare their Power To!

When I speak to organizations or conferences, I often ask the question “When did you know you had the power to_____.” Each person fills in the blank for herself. Then we discuss the answers with one another.

So after my keynote speech for the New Directions Career Center in Columbus OH (a fantastic organization that helps low income women gain economic self-sufficiency), I had one of those defining moments that reminds me why I travel at every chance to share the No Excuses  message of changing how we think about power so that we can embrace it in a positive way.

Read this She’s Doing It post by Rae Reed, (author of the Loud Empresses blog) and you’ll see some young women who are embracing their power TO.

Sara Cotter, NDCC Board President, speaks to Carol Bringham, one of the founding mothers of New Directions Career Center



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










National Women’s Political Caucus Convention

“I cannot say “THANK YOU enough for the absolutely marvelous job you did at our Good Guys Gala! You made our night!!”

~Lulu Flores, President, National Women’s Political Caucus.

NWPC's Emcee Gloria Feldt

It was an honor to emcee the National Women’s Political Caucus’s 40th Anniversary Good Guys Gala. The Caucus was the first national women’s organization to start working to get women into political positions at all levels back in 1971.

Washington, DC
Saturday, 7/30
National Women’s Political Caucus Convention and 40th Anniversary Celebration Good Guy Gala Awards
Liaison Capital Hill Hotel
NWPC's Lulu Flores
Lulu Flores, NWPC president, was surprised by her husband Scott Hendler's presentation of four dozen roses, one dozen for each year of her presidency.
NWPC's Lulu Flores & Gloria Feldt
Lulu generously shared her roses with me--Texan to Texan.
Frances "Sissy" Farenthold
The champagne toast to NWPC's 40 years. A highlight of the evening for me--meeting Frances "Sissy" Farenthold (foreground in blue) and being able to tell her that the first political contribution I ever made was to her gubernatorial race in Texas back in 1972. She promptly came up to the podium, shook my hand, and thanked me for the contribution!
Me with NC delegation at NWPC convention