Prepare & Develop: Saluting 5 Years of Take The Lead’s Mission At Work
“Just do it” is too simple a directive for many women in leadership designing a career path that suits exactly who they are.
Rather, being well-informed with input that prepares, develops, inspires and propels you on your path to leadership has been Take The Lead’s active mission for five years.
Leading up to the five-year celebration of Take The Lead on July 25, Take The Lead salutes our successes and efforts in these arenas and the movement toward the goal of gender parity in leadership across all sectors by 2025.
To mark this incredible milestone, we’re hosting an Anniversary Summer Silent Auction live in New York City — and virtually around the world — on July 25. The event will also mark the official launch of our new podcast, Take The Lead Women, with Gloria Feldt. Tickets here.
Following up on our recent highlights of the 2014 Launch Event, the Kathleen Turner conversation event and the depth and breadth of the 50 Women Can Change The World programs in an ever-expanding group of sectors, this week we focus the spotlight on three more important initiatives.
The 9 Leadership Power Tools as defined and developed by Gloria Feldt, co-founder and president of Take The Lead; the Movement Blog and the monthly free Virtual Happy Hours are at the core of this week’s salute.
9 Leadership Power Tools: Serving as the foundation of Take The Lead’s myriad selection of customized programs and enhanced curriculum, these nine tools help women shift from the outdated, oppressive “Power Over” to the expansive, positive and innovative “Power To.” With these specific strategies, women can crack the code that has held women back from leadership parity.
“Power is like a hammer,” Feldt says, “You can build something with it or you can break it apart.” The goal is to build an unlimited life.
Designed for leaders at all levels who aim to move from theory to action and embrace the power within to succeed, the training based on these tools works for college students to top executives. The modular curriculum serves women in multiple industries and can be adapted and customized for any discipline or niche.
All the tools are specifically and directly informative and actionable. Leadership Power Tool # 1, “Know your History,” emphasizes that you can create the future of your choice. The solid, concrete toolset advances to Leadership Power Tool # 9, “Tell Your Story.” This tool embraces authenticity and transparency, with the advice, “Your story is your truth. Your truth is your power. Telling your story authentically helps you lead (not follow) your dreams and have an unlimited life.”
The 9 Leadership Power Tools that Feldt created and refined are proven to accelerate women into leadership. Modular by design, our ready-to-use curriculum easily adapts into core and elective packs to suit every goal, budget and schedule.
Thousands of women in programs, online and in hybrid courses have benefited from standard or customized options and have learned to break ingrained cultural barriers, internal and external in order to embrace the power within. The elective programs range from 60 to 90 minute webinars, half-day trainings, coaching and keynotes, while core training programs may run from one half-day to two-days or much longer at several months.
The Movement Blog. Since 2014, Take The Lead has offered worthwhile, newsworthy and timely information and commentary in four weekly blog posts from staff and co-founder Feldt. In five years, Take The Lead has published more than 1,200 posts on this award-winning blog, ranked #37 of the Top 100 Women in Business Blogs by Feedspot. Several hundreds of leaders have been profiled from Georgene Huang, CEO of Fairygodboss to Ruth Ann Harnisch, founder and president of The Harnsich Foundation.
Written by staff and leader contributors from many different sectors, the posts each week detail advice and tips from seasoned entrepreneurs and CEOs on funding, negotiating, navigating harassment and learning lessons. Posts also cover more upbeat insight on what office attire is best and how to best handle balancing work and childcare. Each week Feldt offers valuable, keen insight in her “The Sum” column, commenting on news of the week, inspiration and timely perspectives on the latest in leadership news from the founder.
The Movement Blog addresses content needs with fresh journalism aimed at different specific audiences of early career, mid-career and C-suite. Deadline-written posts each week cover a breadth of topics inspired by pop culture, movies, books, news events and trends with a hard and fast rule of “no content off the top of your head.” How that translates to the audience is a reassurance that nothing Take The Lead offers on The Movement Blog will be frivolous, disconnected to the real world or a waste of time to read.
With strict editorial requirements that each post have a minimum of 12 to 15 hyperlinks for more information and at least 6-10 different sources, readers can rely on content that is helpful and engaging, delivering the latest information, studies, data and insights on issues that affect the mission of gender parity.
Understanding that diversity and inclusion are not just talking points, but points of importance for every leader, Take The Lead’s editorial mission is mindful of representing non-partisan voices across gender, race, age, ability, geography, socioeconomic backgrounds, ideology, orientation, career level and fields of discipline. You are as likely to read about the latest wisdom from the female founder of EmuJoy as you are to read about tips from the CEO of Ellevate Network.
Virtual Happy Hours. Every second Wednesday of every month, Take The Lead offers a lively one-hour conversation with two or more guests on a timely topic. The high-level guest list has included Gloria Steinem; Minda Harts, founder of The Memo, Kamala Lopez of Equal Means Equal, Amy Emmerich of Refinery 29, Tiffany Dufu, bestselling author, and Sylvia Acevdeo, CEO of Girl Scouts USA plus dozens more diverse leaders across sectors, leadership levels and age groups.
Looking back over the many dozens of topics, Virtual Happy Hours have highlighted journalist Jessica Bennet on “manterrepting,” when she explained you need to say, “Hold on, dude—let me finish!”
Also on the free monthly VHH, Claudia Chan, women’s empowerment expert and founder and CEO of S.H.E. Global Media, gave so much useful advice: “Women’s entrepreneurship comes in all shapes and sizes…know that if you go big, you’re going to spend a lot of your time raising capital as opposed to doing other things to grow your business.” Chan also added, “Trust your gut that no matter what, you’re going to figure it out.”
Reshma Gopaldas, vice president of video for SHE Media, is a co-host with Feldt and offers her own take in conversations with guests each month on curated topics filled with data, sources and solid takeaways.
A more recent 2019 Virtual Happy Hours focused on “How Moms Can Succeed At Work And Beyond,” with guests Brigid Schulte, director of Better Life Lab at New America, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the New York Times bestselling book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play When No One Has The Time; and Shadiah Sigala, Cofounder and CEO of Kinside, a child care network, and previously cofounder of HoneyBook.
The highest audience participation to date for the free Virtual Happy Hour was in June 2019, Pride In The Workplace: Why Building LBGTQ Inclusive Culture Is Critical.
Guests Natalie Jane Egan, CEO and Founder of Translator, former CEO and founder of PeopleLinx, and parent of three children; and Jehan Agrama, CEO of Harmony Gold, CEO of Lemonette and a founding member of GLAAD, offered insight, advice, support and solid strategies for improving workplace culture to be more empathic and inclusive.
The guests each shared how to address challenges of bias for LGBTQ workers; how to be a more empathic colleague; how to adopt strategies to create practices of inclusion and fairness; how to communicate expectations of fairness to leadership; how to develop network support at work and beyond as well as how to find resources to improve your leadership for all workers.
Every month Virtual Happy Hour registrants can participate live, watch the happy hour later, and receive giveaways of booklets, new resource pdfs, data, downloads and more.
This month, the July Virtual Happy Hour, “Stay Green: What You Need To Know About Growing Your Wealth,” features guests Stacey Tisdale, President and CEO of Mind Money Media, Inc., financial journalist and author of The True Cost of Happiness: The Real Story Behind Managing Your Money; and Sonya Smith-Valentine, President and CEO of Financially Fierce, LLC., attorney and financial expert.
Celebrating and securing financial independence for women, the guests promise to offer resources to maintain and grow your wealth; discover solutions to habits that may block wealth growth; decrease financial stress in employees; safeguard the financial future now; sharpen negotiation skills; and make changes now no matter what step in wealth management.