While women in the U.S. receive more than 50% of college degrees each year, they remain largely absent from executive leadership positions. As a female leader who successfully ran Planned Parenthood at regional and national levels, best-selling author, and co-founder of Take the Lead, Gloria Feldt continues her lifelong mission – to help prepare, develop, inspire, and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. She’s doing this by providing breakthrough training, mentoring and coaching, and thought leadership.
Gloria is truly a master juggler – managing senior leadership roles while raising a family of three during a time when women were encouraged to stay at home. In this time she managed to write four best-selling books; the latest being No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power.
In this episode, Gloria shares her personal and professional journey. Although she has tried her hand at many things over her successful 30-year career, the common thread of advancing women’s rights underpins it all. We discuss the gendered nature of our relationship to power and how internalized inferiority is the first thing women have to overcome if they are to get into top positions.
Learn more about Gloria’s organization Take The Lead and how they are helping women around the country change how they think of power and how best to deal with the implicit biases they face.
Listen to the entire conversation here on the WAM podcast. Hearing Gloria Feldt is like a master class in female empowerment!