GLORIA FELDT is cofounder and president of Take The Lead the new women’s leadership movement to prepare, develop, inspire, and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025.  The bestselling author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, Gloria is an acclaimed expert on women, power, and authentic leadership and an inspiring keynote speaker who motivates with heart and humor and as a practical activist gives practical “Power Tools” for life and leadership.


People magazine calls her the “voice of experience.” Gloria’s expertise in women, power and leadership comes from a deep well of personal knowledge gained on the frontlines.  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 and visionary leader for women’s equality 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 a world changer who helped pave the way for women today. She believes this is women’s moment to achieve parity. Her passion is to remove the last remaining obstacle:  women’s learned 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,” they can lead unlimited lives and reach parity from the boardroom to the bedroom for good – their own, and society’s as well.


Author of four books, she teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership” at Arizona State University. Her keynotes and Power Tool workshops offer fresh insight, inspiration, and practical takeaways participants can instantly use as leadership skills, concrete solutions and goal achievement plans. Both a newsmaker and a commentator, Gloria has been widely quoted and published in media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Politico, Salon, The Daily Beast, and magazines including More, Glamour, Elle and Ms. She has appeared extensively on television, including CNN, MSNBC, the Today Show, Good Morning America and The Daily Show.  On her website www.GloriaFeldt.com, she writes two popular blogs, “Heartfeldt” and “9 Ways.” She hangs out on social media far too much. Follow her on twitter @GloriaFeldt; connect on Facebook and LinkedIn.


She serves on the boards of the Women’s Media Center and the Jewish Women’s Archive.  She and her husband Alex Barbanell share a combined family of six children and 15 grandchildren; they live in New York City and Scottsdale, AZ.

It’s not the mountain that trips you, it’s the pebble.

My husband Alex and I just returned from a perfect vacation in the renowned Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. If you haven’t made this trip, put it on your bucket list. We swam with the giant sea turtles and iguanas, cavorted … The post It’s not the mountain that trips you, it’s the pebble ....more

Are Leadership Messes Women’s Opportunity?

Female leadership firsts are trending. Especially when an organization is in big trouble, it seems. Often the choice of a woman appears to be an act of desperation ....more

Power and Leadership: Storify Your #SummerofPower

In case you missed or want to relive our June 1 tweetchat, I'm pleased to share the Storify summary. ...more

Jill Abramson and Gender Bilingual Communication

With hindsight, this 2013 article all but predicted Jill Abramson’s unceremonious fall. Though according to the New Yorker rendition, her demise was precipitated when Abramson, the New York Times’ first female executive editor, confronted her boss, publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., after learning her pay was significantly less than her predecessor, I point the finger of firing fate much toward implicit cultural biases that influence behavior much more than any of us want to believe ....more

Thank You, Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman, 1928-2014

I remember the first time I read Maya Angelou’s book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. It was the most searing yet beautiful prose I had ever encountered. And later, the phenomenon of her poem “Phenomenal Woman” invaded my consciousness and became a kind of anthem for women everywhere ....more

“Born Leader” Betsy Rafael Is GoDaddy’s First Female Board Member

When GM’s new, and first female,...more

Bikinis and Bongos: GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving Beats the Drums of Change

When you speak with GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving, it’s easy to conjure the teenage percussionist he once was, asserting his high energy drive with his drumsticks, and quite possibly driving his mother crazy by beating bongos while doing the split in the kitchen like Jean-Claude Van Damme in this classically weird GoDaddy ad. I had a chance to interview the leader of the world’s largest and most controversial domain name registrar, not long after his first anniversary there. The post Bikinis and Bongos: GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving Beats the Drums of Change appeared first on Gloria Feldt ....more

Mary Barra, First Female GM CEO, Takes The Lead

Does it seem odd for Mary Barra, the newly appointed CEO of General Motors—the first woman to hold that top position in the male-dominated automobile industry--to be profiled as a “woman like you” by the nonprofit organization Take The Lead...more

85 Broads Phoenix Amazing Women Series: The Q and A

Take a listen to the interesting and profound questions asked by the members of 85 Broads Phoenix. I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the fabulous Stacey Gualandi as a part of their Amazing Women series. This is an audio recording of just the Q and A section of the interview ....more

Boston Leads the Metropolis Charge to Erase Gender Wage Gap

I was so excited to learn about Boston's new initiative, designed to do something different to close the wage gap...The Women’s Workforce Council has created a compact to which businesses and companies of Boston are asked to pledge to pay their employees equal wages. The post Boston Leads the Metropolis Charge to Erase Gender Wage Gap appeared first on Gloria Feldt ....more