Lately, Women Empowerment Programmes are popping up more and more. This is a story of one of them, and of its’ inspiring founders. Take The Lead Women is setting important goals and achieving them – A skill anyone could use. 

Gloria Feldt‘s path to success deserves admiration. 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 visionary leader for women’s equality inspires both men and women.

Gloria specializes in achieving bold and audacious goals that advance women in society and at work. As co-founder and president of Take The Lead, she has created the most comprehensive initiative to prepare, develop, inspire, and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors.

As 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 gives practical “Power Tools” for life and leadership. People magazine calls her the “voice of experience.”

 

 

Amy Litzenberger co-founded Take the Lead with Gloria Feldt to create a movement for women to reach leadership parity by 2025. Amy has observed and noted factors which make success so difficult for women and was inspired to act on these observations to change the playing field for the next generation.

Her background in founding, funding, and strategic planning for start up and emerging growth companies has enabled her, and gives her the expertise to turn this vision into a reality. As an investment banker, Amy raised in excess of $130 million in over 20 transactions that she was solely responsible for as well as approximately $225 million in 6 transactions that she worked on as part of a two or three person team. These transactions were primarily early stage companies and included start up, venture and early stage funding; initial and secondary public offerings; debt placements; preferred stock offerings; and LBO’s. Since retiring from investment banking in 1997, Amy has also been a private investor and active in numerous non-profit organizations serving as a director, adviser, board member and/or committee chair.

Amy’s background in founding, funding and strategic planning for startup- and emerging-growth companies and non-profit organizations has earned her the expertise to turn her profound and passionate vision for Take The Lead into a reality.

 

 

Coming from a long line of patriarchal leaders in her family, Tabby never felt heard or listened to as a young girl. As a reaction this, She worked three times as hard to be seen and heard, and completely bought into the system of achievement just to receive any recognition from her teachers and family. Years later, Tabby’s journey helped her formulate her mission:

To help women awaken to the Feminine within themselves. Honor it. Remember their wisdom. And put it forward into the world through speaking, teaching, writing and leadership.

Tabby Biddle is a now celebrated women’s leadership coach and a  women’s rights advocate. She is the bestselling author of Find Your Voice: A Woman’s Call to Action, and a recognized TEDx speaker and TEDx coach for her unique approach to activating women’s leadership. Seriously, what did she not achieve?

Tabby has been featured by prominent national and international media, including The Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, UN Dispatch, Current TV and NPR. A two-time United Nations Foundation press fellow, Tabby has met with world leaders and political dignitaries bringing her feminine voice and perspective to the global conversation. Tabby is excited about her recent participation as a delegate at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women in New York. On top of all this, Tabby is also a Leadership Ambassador with Take The Lead: A non-profit organization dedicated to preparing, developing, inspiring and propelling women to take their fair and equal share of leadership across all sectors by 2025.

In early 2013 Gloria Feldt joined with Amy Litzenberger to create Take The Lead.

Amy was questioning why women had stalled at 18-20% across all sectors, similar to when she left her position 15 years ago to stay home with a second child. And yet all evidence showed that more women in leadership resulted in better business results and government processes.

Gloria had spent over 30 years advancing women, including having served as President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. For several years, she had been so obsessed with the very question Amy asked that she had literally written the book on it. After researching the problems, she had developed solutions. These include redefining power and 9 leadership “Power Tools.” After teaching this material at Arizona State University, delivering workshops for women in the workplace, and keynote speaking around the country, Gloria observed that these tools consistently created breakthroughs for women to achieve higher leadership intentions.

Amy and Gloria surveyed the many existing leadership programs and listened to what women said they needed. They realized that if women were to reach parity in leadership, an organization was needed to put a stake in the ground and create a synergistic program of training, mentoring, role modeling , and thought leadership needed to accelerate progress toward leadership parity.

With a scaling up strategy of collaboration and partnerships with over 200 organizations, Take The Lead officially launched in February of 2014 with the Take The Lead Challenge Event at ASU. This event featured prominent speakers, including Facebook CEO and Lean In founder Sheryl Sandberg and powerhouse Morgan Stanley Vice Chairman of Wealth Management Carla Harris. It rocked an on-site audience of 3,000, and reached an international livestream audience of 500,000 in 48 countries. The Close the Gap App was released to demonstrate Take The Lead’s focus on solutions rather than problems, whereupon the enthusiastic response crashed the web servers.

 

There are many excellent leadership organizations. Yet Take The Lead are different in important ways. Together these unique strategies create the breakthrough from where women have been stalled at 18-20% of top leadership positions for two decades. Here’s why the program works:

  • It’s comprehensive.
  • it cracks the code holding women back by transforming their relationship with power and intention.
  • it’s collaborative with other programs
  • It teaches women how to change systems as well as how to succeed in the world as it is.
  • It puts a stake in the ground to reach gender parity in leadership across all sectors by 2025, and counts up to progress.
  • it focuses on solutions not problems.

And here’s how Take The Lead delivers results:

Prepare: Take The Lead prepares women for success by teaching them the women’s leadership power tools to advance their careers and honing their skills through their learning programs.

Develop: Take The Lead develops networks of professional women in person and online, fostering connections and mentoring that are essential to building a movement.

Inspire: Take The Lead inspire women to have big intentions and reach for their full potential at the Take The Lead Presents live events.

Propel: Take The Lead propel women to leadership parity by thought leadership focusing on solutions in their blognewsletter, and research, and by #SisterCourage movement building.

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