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Gloria Feldt

Co-founder and President, Take The Lead; Leadership Speaker; Best-selling Author, No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power

Most organizations tout diversity and inclusion policies on their websites. But few have cracked the code, holding women at under 20% of the top leadership positions, despite the unassailable business case that more women in upper leadership means companies make more money and governments make better decisions. Author, CEO, professor and expert in women’s relationships with power and leadership, Gloria Feldt delivers breakthrough insights and immediately actionable “power tools” for sustainable gender parity and inclusive leadership.

Women, Power, and Authentic Leadership – Secrets Every Woman Should Know to Lead and Live Without Limits

Gloria Feldt’s expertise in women, power and authentic leadership comes from a deep well of personal knowledge gained on the front lines. 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 of four books and visionary leader for women’s equality inspires both men and women. Gloria teaches her audience how to redefine power in order to embrace it with intention, and lead with authenticity, intentionality and joy. The business case for gender balance and how to deal effectively with implicit bias are addressed. In this keynote, you can choose one power tool most relevant to your group as a takeaway.

The Power of Intention – How to Lead with Vision, Courage, and Action

This inspiring keynote addresses a central reason why even though doors are open and laws prohibit gender discrimination, women have been stalled at under 20% of top leadership positions on average across all sectors of the economy, including large nonprofits, and in Congress.

Women’s internal culturally learned ambivalence about embracing their power to lead and live without externally imposed limits is now the biggest impediment to leadership gender parity. Some people say women have less ambition than men. But Gloria Feldt’s research concludes that women are still socialized to have less intentionality than men, thus keeping the perceived locus of power outside of ourselves.

Yet the great healing and motivating power of intention can be learned by:

  • Clarifying the source of one’s purpose, vision or deep gladness in life and work 
  • Building courage muscles just as you build your physical muscles 
  • Gaining the confidence to risk declaring your intention—your gut-level commitment—to what you will do with your one “wild and precious life,” as the poet Mary Oliver called it 

Takeaways from this interactive speech are practical, personal branding tips from No Excuses Power Tool #2: Define your own terms first, before someone else defines you.

Nine Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power –- The Tips and Tools in No Excuses

In her book No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, Gloria Feldt reveals how women limit themselves by adhering to outdated social structures and by succumbing to pressure to conform to society’s standards. She argues that women must shift the way they think about power and leadership for any large-scale social change to happen. To achieve this shift, Gloria gives women dynamic tools to overcome the barriers keeping them from power and leadership.

  • In this keynote, the main focus is on the power concepts and how to apply them
  • In a two- to four-hour workshop, immediately usable leadership power tools as takeaways will include up to four power tools to be chosen by you
  • In a full-day workshop, participants learn all nine power tools and create individual strategic leadership action plans. Gloria dives deep into her teachings of the power tools and skills needed to advance through the leadership pipeline
  • The workshop can be further enhanced with a mastermind dinner discussion to dive deeper, in which your selected group will be able to benefit from asking detailed questions concerning their specific needs

This workshop consistently creates a breakthrough for the women who participate in it. The result is heightened personal vision and aspirations; often women make major decisions about career transitions, apply for positions they previously did not realize they were prepared for, declare they are running for political office, or take other big career and life steps.

Sister Courage – How Movement Building Principles Can Grow Your Business, Break Glass Ceilings, and Change the World for Good

We are in a strategic inflection moment where the business case and the justice case for having more women in leadership converge. Yet many books become bestsellers telling women what is wrong with them. But women are fine—indeed they are now more often the answer than the question. They need to know how to create healthier cultures for men and women. Adapting the principles of change leadership Gloria Feldt learned in social movements, but that apply equally to business, this speech gives participants an understanding of the simple (though not necessarily easy) processes by which sustainable and positive change can be made—whether at work, in civic life or personal relationships. These basic principles of sister courage are:

  • Be a sister. And include brother partners as well.
  • Have courage. The courage to raise the issues. To use the power of your voice to overcome resistance from those who say it can’t be done, or those whose best interest lies in your not being able to do it. 
  • Put the two together into a strategic plan to act and they can catapult you to your most ambitious goals. Know where the power points are, how to build your case and deliver it, and how to sustain the action to create outcomes where everyone benefits—changing the world for good—for the good of women, men, families, organizations and the world. 

Gender Bilingual Communication – Speaking Effectively Across Diversity

Under 18% of top leadership positions across all sectors are held by women. Not because women aren’t qualified, but for many reasons deeply rooted in culturally learned behaviors and implicit biases held by both men and women. Research shows women and men often literally speak different languages, even though we’re all speaking English. Women typically use more words than men, for example, more adjectives, more body movements, less directness. And while men might (and often do) complain or “mansplain” about that language pattern, the truth is that when women do violate their gender stereotypes, they are treated poorly. Gloria Feldt speaks about the language of power and the language of leadership. Navigating your career path by learning the rules of the game, including how to speak the language of the group with more power does not mean being inauthentic, it means being smart, confident and intentional. Attendees will learn:

  • Why defining your terms is your most important leadership skill.
  • Ten specific skills for gender bilingual communication that can help you get ahead.
  • How to navigate the double-edged sword of female leadership (“he’s the boss,” “she’s bossy,” “he’s self-assured,” “she’s arrogant,” etc.) 
  • How to differentiate yourself by communicating your value in terms that can’t be misunderstood.

Meet Gloria Feldt

Most organizations tout diversity and inclusion policies on their websites. But few have cracked the code, holding women at under 20% of the top leadership positions, despite the unassailable business case that more women in upper leadership means companies make more money and governments make better decisions. Author, CEO, professor and expert in women’s relationships with power and leadership, Gloria Feldt delivers breakthrough insights and immediately actionable “power tools” for sustainable gender parity and inclusive leadership.

Gloria Feldt is co-founder and president of Take The Lead, the most comprehensive initiative to prepare, develop, inspire and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. A keynote speaker who has been called one of the most inspirational women in America, an accomplished panel facilitator and gifted teacher, Gloria is the best-selling author of four books, including No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power. She is an acclaimed expert on women, power and authentic leadership. People magazine calls her the “voice of experience” for good reason. Gloria’s expertise in leadership of large and complex organizations and creating sustainable change comes from a deep well of personal knowledge gained on the front lines. 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, where she transformed and revitalized the organization during its most turbulent period, to visionary leader for women’s equality inspires both men and women. She was named by Vanity Fair as one of “America’s Top 200 Women Leaders, Legends and Trailblazers” and honored as Glamour “Woman of the Year.” She teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership” at Arizona State University. As a thought leader who is often called a practical visionary and feminist icon, Gloria has been widely quoted and published in national media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Politico, Salon, The Daily Beast, Time.com and Huffington Post, and magazines such as Glamour, Elle and Ms. She has appeared extensively on television, including CNN, MSNBC, The Today Show, Good Morning America and The Daily Show. She also writes regularly for Fast Company. Her speeches and unique training, delivered with heart, humor and relatable personal experiences, create breakthroughs for women in leadership.

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