In this episode, Gloria broaches a topic that has recently been making waves in both politics and business: women in the boardroom. Gloria speaks to the work that Stephanie Sonnabend and Malli Gero have done launching a national campaign aimed at increasing the percentage of women on company boards to twenty percent or greater by 2020.

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Like so many women of her generation, especially those first to hold powerful leadership roles, Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi displays a measured affect even under the most challenging situations. Despite being perpetually in one political cauldron or another, she wears the elegant mask of a woman who learned long ago how to avoid being disregarded as too emotional, too angry, or even the slightest bit out of control.

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“Remember the ladies,” future First Lady Abigail Adams implored her husband, John, in March 1776 as the Continental Congress was crafting the U.S. Constitution.

“All men would be tyrants if they could,” she wrote. “If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”

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In this episode, Gloria welcomes to the show reporter and founding editor of Global Nation, Angilee Shah, and journalist and entrepreneur, Emily Gertz. Angilee and Emily discuss the 50 Women Can Change the World in Journalism initiative, as well as the Women Do News campaign. Both are aimed at raising the visibility of women journalists and shining a light on the great work women do. Gloria provides three helpful tips that listeners can take away from this episode as well as ways for women (and men) to get involved in these initiatives.

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Episode Summary: In this Thanksgiving Week episode of the Take The Lead podcast,  guest-host Jovanka Ciares, Take The Lead’s Operations Director, welcomes to the show Tamra Ryan, CEO of Women’s Bean Project, and Mae Whiteside, president and CEO of CKE Engineers, to discuss how we can all contribute to causes we feel passionate about and…

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In this episode, Gloria welcomes to the show Director of the Better Life Lab at New America and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Brigid Schulte, and co-founder and CEO of Kinside, Shadiah Sigala to talk about the topic of how working mothers can succeed in the workplace and at home. Brigid and Shadiah share their experiences as mothers in the workplace.

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Gloria opens the podcast by discussing an article she recently read claiming that the next CEO of Wells Fargo would be a female human shield. The article argues that it would be a step backward for women because this role is ‘unprecedentedly terrible’ and the new CEO would have to navigate difficult situations such as prior scandals, plummeting assets, legal issues, and regulatory and political pressures. However, Gloria argues that women should seize the opportunity to take on impossible jobs just like this one because it’s precisely within the chaos that companies are open to new ideas and a leader can move effectively to implement her own changes.

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