National best-selling author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power Gloria Feldt shares why nobody is keeping women from parity—except themselves on the Conversation Crossroad radio program.
In 2010, the gender balance in the American workforce tipped toward women: For every man who received a bachelor’s degree, three women did the same. Yet there is still a 20% pay gap between men and women, and women represent only 3% of Fortune 500 CEOs. What’s wrong with this picture?
In No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, Gloria Feldt asserts that that nobody is keeping women from parity—except themselves. Combining extensive research, her compelling personal story and leadership experience as former CEO and president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and interviews with dozens of women politicians, business owners, and activists, Feldt concludes that the doors of opportunity are wide open; however, too few women are leading the way to claim their power and reach parity with their male counterparts.
No Excuses reveals how women limit themselves by adhering to outdated social structures and by succumbing to pressure to conform to society’s standards. Feldt 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, Feldt gives women dynamic tools to overcome the barriers keeping them from power and leadership. No Excuses is divided into nine chapters, each one organized around a practical power tool that will help women change the way they think—and the way they act, to lead and live without limits.
With eye-opening and invaluable information written by one of today’s most respected and well-known feminist voices, No Excuses is a timely and important resource to help women equalize gender power in politics, work, and love.
GLORIA FELDT is the bestselling author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power; a teen mom and high school dropout from rural Texas who became a successful CEO and movement leader; an acclaimed expert on women, power, and authentic leadership; and an inspiring keynote speaker who motivates with heart and humor and provides 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 to president and CEO of the world’s largest reproductive health and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to best-selling author 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 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. Gloria has been widely quoted and published in media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, The Daily Beast, and magazines including More, 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 blogs on “Heartfeldt Leadership” for ForbesWoman.com, appears a Regular Broad on the Sirius XM radio program “Broadside,” and hangs out on social media far too much.
She currently serves on the boards of the Women’s Media Center and the Jewish Women’s Archive, and co-chairs US Women Connect. She and her husband Alex Barbanell share a combined family of six children and 14 grandchildren; they live in New York City and Scottsdale, AZ.
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