Gloria Feldt

Co-founder 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, 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.