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Gloria Feldt is co-founder and president of Take The Lead, a new initiative to prepare and propel women to leadership parity across all sectors by 2025. A bestselling author and teen mom who became a successful CEO, she is an acclaimed expert on women, power, and authentic leadership. Gloria is an inspiring speaker who motivates with heart and humor and provides practical “power tools” for work and life.
Gloria’s expertise in women, power, and leadership comes from a deep well of frontline experience. Her personal journey from teen mom to president and CEO of the world’s largest reproductive health and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to best-selling author inspires both men and women. Named by Vanity Fair as one of “America’s Top 200 Women Leaders, Legends, and Trailblazers” and Glamour’s “Woman of the Year,” she’s helped pave the way for women to advance and believes this is women’s moment to achieve parity.
Her passion is to remove the last remaining obstacle: women’slearned 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,” says Feldt, they can lead unlimited lives and reach parity from the boardroom to the bedroom for good—their own, and society’s as well.Gloria has a unique understanding of the confluence of the personal and the political in leadership and American culture. That’s why People magazine calls her the “voice of experience.” Author of four books, she teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership” at Arizona State University and consistently offers fresh insight, inspiration, and practical “power tools.” These are takeaways that participants can instantly use as leadership skills, concrete solutions, and goal achievement plans.
Gloria has been widely quoted and published articles in the US media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, The Daily Beast, and magazines including More, Elle and Ms. She has appeared extensively on television, including CNN, MSNBC, the Today Show, Good Morning America and The Daily Show. She writes two popular blogs, Heartfeldt and 9 Ways, and hangs out on social media far too much.She currently serves on the boards of the Women’s Media Center, the Jewish Women’s Archive, and EmergeAmerica. 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.