My guest for this episode is Gloria Feldt. Gloria Feldt is an acclaimed expert on women, power, and leadership. She has frontline leadership experience and is a bestselling author, and in-demand keynote speaker.

She is cofounder and president of Take The Lead, a nonprofit 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.

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. Her forthcoming book Intentioning: Sex, Power, Pandemics and How Women Will Take The Lead will be in bookstores in September.

Gloria is formerly president and CEO of the world’s largest reproductive health and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She was named by Vanity Fair one of “America’s Top 200 Women Leaders, Legends, and Trailblazers,” Other recognitions include Glamour’s “Woman of the Year,” Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, the Women Economic Forum Circle of Light award, Texas Monthly’s Texas 20, and Martin Luther King Living the Dream Award among others.

She teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership” at Arizona State University. Gloria has been widely quoted and published, including by the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Fast Company, and the Huffington Post to name just a few. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Daily Show, and many, many podcasts. She hosts her own podcast “Power TO You.”

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.

Here’s what to expect during the episode:

  • Tackling the gender inequality that exists in the nonprofit sector. It’s the same as any other!
  • Power and women. Why weren’t women using the power that they had? It’s DEFINITELY not because of a lack of ambition!
  • The importance of giving an opportunity for women (especially in nonprofit) to get the training they need.
  • “What does the world need from you now?” It’s essential to keep your organization looking outward when planning.
  • The importance of creativity, innovation, and flexibility, especially in unprecedented times. It’s high time for women to take advantage of this opportunity!


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