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Work with one of our Leadership Ambassadors to bring our 9 Leadership Power Tools to Advance Your Career training program to your team!
We deliver workshops and training to support your rising women leaders and meet your team’s development needs. Our Leadership Ambassadors are an intentionally diverse group of women leaders across a wide variety of industries; all are experts in their fields with a passionate commitment to Take The Lead’s mission of gender parity in leadership by 2025 and have successfully completed our rigorous certification process.
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Lauren C. Anderson
Specialties: Women executives; large organizations aiming to increase women in leadership; law enforcement; government organizations; for-profit and nonprofit organizations dedicated to increasing opportunities for women and girls; young professionals
Languages: English, French
Lauren uses the 9 Leadership Power Tools to support women beginning and well into their careers, and has extensive experience breaking through internal and external barriers to advancement. A former FBI Executive and an internationally recognized consultant, Lauren has exercised her expertise in high-risk domestic and international situations; global conflict and terrorist incidents; diplomacy; and business throughout the world. She is a Global Ambassador with Vital Voices and on the US Comptroller General’s Advisory Board at the Government Accountability Office. Lauren is Adjunct Faculty at the University Of Maryland RH Smith School Of Business and has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and NYU’s Masters in International Relations program.
Lauren has received many awards and commendations, including from the Director of National Intelligence, the Director of the National Security Agency, the Respect for Law Alliance, the Federal Executive Board. She is the only FBI employee honored by Legal Momentum, the oldest non-profit legal organization in the US dedicated to advancing the rights of women and girls. Lauren is a graduate of Muhlenberg College and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, and has professional certifications from the Harvard Business School, the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Laurie D. Battaglia
Specialties: Women executives, middle managers, mid-career and late-career professionals, teams who need to build trust to achieve their goals. Financial services organizations, corporations.
Laurie Battaglia uses the 9 Leadership Power Tools to help women leaders and all teams maneuver through the tricky corporate landscape. Her work with hundreds of executives and leaders has shown that careers can be derailed by the smallest things, unknown or unacknowledged. With 35 years as a corporate leader behind her, working for some of the nation’s largest investment and banking companies, she has long served the cause of advancing women in the workplace and in life. Today Laurie is a keynote speaker and facilitator focused on creating Aligned at Work™ workplaces, where positive cultures create engaged teams and people that accomplish great things. Laurie’s wish is that her two granddaughters will always have equality in all that they seek and they know they can do whatever they set their hearts and minds to do.
Laurie has been featured in Fast Company, US News & World Report, CBS Local, Working Mother, The Ladders, and more. She is CEO & Workplace Strategist with Living the Dream Coaches, LLC in Scottsdale, Arizona and has an MS in Organizational Development and Leadership from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a BS in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University in PA.
Specialties: Women in media and entertainment. Women executives, middle-managers and millennials.
Tabby Biddle uses the 9 Leadership Tools to help women leaders find their voice, awaken their courage, and activate their leadership at the highest levels. She is the author of the bestselling book, Find Your Voice: A Woman’s Call to Action, and a celebrated TEDx speaker for her unique approach to activating women’s leadership. Through her speaking appearances, group classes and private coaching practice, Tabby has supported hundreds of women on their path into leadership – from business leaders, to media personalities, to celebrity activists, to artists, to students, to entrepreneurs.
A two-time United Nations Foundation press fellow writing on women and girls, 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. She received her Master’s in Education from Bank Street College of Education and her undergraduate degree in political science from Colby College. She lives in Santa Monica, CA with her husband and young son.
Specialties: Women entrepreneurs, small business owners, and professional groups and organizations, senior leaders and executives; social change groups and communities working in partnership with underserved populations.
Katie Boone uses the 9 Leadership Power Tools to help women build innovative businesses and stronger communities. She focuses a majority of her work on the Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota regions, but travels to wherever her skills and expertise can be used. Katie brings her background in experiential education, community engagement, participatory leadership, strategic systems change, higher education, and nonprofit and small business leadership to foster growth in others. She believes the leadership of women and underserved populations in our communities is the most effective way to build the new economy.
In 2014 Katie founded Envision Lab in Mankato, MN where she helped launch HerVision, a nonprofit focused solely on women’s entrepreneurial and leadership development. She serves as a small business development consultant with the Small Business Development Center, helps create space for small business growth through commercial real estate work with Coldwell Banker Commercial Fischer Real Estate Group, and is a board member of Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota. Katie’s had the honor of working with communities and organizations in New York City, Chicago, Baltimore, Minneapolis and greater Minnesota, including Minnesota Council of Churches; Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services; Lutheran Social Services; YouthLink; Think Small; Partners for Affordable Housing; Veteran’s Resiliency Project of MN; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter; Blandin Foundation and Bush Foundation. She’s worked with women, immigrant and refugee communities, youth, veterans, and students.
Katie holds degrees in Urban and Regional Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Nonprofit Leadership. Katie is the founder of the Sowelu Institute, also in Mankato, MN, where she teaches group facilitation techniques developed through the Art of Hosting. And in 2013 she completed the Leadership, Organizing, Action: Leading Change program through Harvard Kennedy School, studying with Marshall Ganz.
Specialties: Organizations aiming to increase women in leadership and diversity, team dynamics improvement and positive change management; collegiate women; millennials and mid-career professional (for-profit or nonprofit); entrepreneurs.
Josey Borman uses the 9 Leadership Power Tools to inspire others to discover their value and embrace their unique power to lead. She is the founder of Grace Leadership Studio, a for-purpose organization that works with collegiate women and early to mid-career women to build their leadership skills from the inside out. Josey takes a hands-on, interactive approach embedded in educational theory to facilitate workshops that build stronger, more powerful leaders ready to face today’s challenges head-on.
Josey built her expertise after graduating from George Mason University with a Masters of Education. She has been inspiring audiences ever since, first, as a high school social studies teacher at an at-risk school just outside of Washington, DC, where she stepped in as Department Chair three years into her career. Then in product management, design, and development at Pearson, Inc. where she spent 10 years in educational software and was appointed to executive leadership committees as a result of her ability to lead change and build morale. Josey has worked with development teams all over the world, from Phoenix to Boston, London to Hong Kong. She prioritizes people over everything else, which is instrumental in igniting positive, marketable change. As a member of Toastmasters International, Josey holds a Competent Communicator Award, has served as the Vice-President of Public Relations, and has won two humorous speech contests (as she believes humor and laughter are the root of finding joy). Josey lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband who keeps her laughing, two children who keep her young, and an 85-pound lap dog.
Specialties: Latina community; young Latino professionals; media, advertising, and entertainment
Language: English, Spanish
Maggie Castro-Stevens uses the 9 Leadership Power Tools to help women improve their performance and achieve their goals, strengthen team dynamics, and “make giants of oneself and others.” She brings 25+ years experience in nonprofit and for-profit capacity building and training to Take The Lead’s training team, having worked with organizations such as Amber Charter School, Exodus Transitional Community, and El Diario La Prensa.
When she’s not running trainings, Maggie works as AARP’s Associate State Director of the Enterprise Community Presence program for New York. In this role, she’s responsible for all initiatives focused on the “go local strategy” for the five boroughs and heads up LIFE REIMAGINED, a program committed to helping people rediscover their gifts, explore new possibilities, and move toward their best lives.
Maggie was the Chief of Staff for the Publisher & CEO of El Diario, the oldest Spanish language newspaper in the country, where she wrote a bi-weekly column, “Batalla de los Sexos” (Battle of the Sexes). As the proud mom of two successful young professionals, Maggie recognizes the importance of teaching her daughters to “stand in their power, walk with intention, and achieve their highest aspirations” in order to create good for themselves and ultimately for others. Maggie is the proud grandmother of a beautiful baby boy and a graduate of Metropolitan College of New York and currently resides in Queens, NY.
Specialties: Emerging and experienced women leaders; HR professionals and companies looking to maximize human capital by developing and retaining their high-potential female leaders.
Felicia Davis has extensive experience in career development and uses the 9 Leadership Power Tools to help women make their value visible so that they can get the recognition, respect, and compensation they deserve.
Felicia is a former HR Executive with more than 20 years of leadership experience. Her knowledge, skills and expertise have been leveraged by companies such as Kodak, NCR, Manpower, Vistage, T-Mobile, and The City of Phoenix just to name a few. As CEO of Joyful Transformations, she is an award-winning leadership consultant, speaker, and author.
Known for her ability to discover the untapped potential others, Felicia helps women become value-driven thought-leaders with impeccable communication and leadership skills. These skills translate into scalable leadership brands that get them recognized, respected, and rewarded for their results. Felicia has been recognized as a Quiet Hero in the community for her philanthropic endeavors and was recently honored as a Woman of Excellence by the National Council of Negro Women. Felicia is the author of “The Leadership Mastery Formula: Create an Authentic Brand that Gets You Noticed, Known & Called Upon!” as well as several articles on leadership and personal branding. Surprisingly, she turned down an invitation to be on the Oprah Show and admits that she has an obsession with books, fashion, and gummy worms!
Specialties: Latina groups; educational institutions/organizations; small to medium organizations seeking to diversify and promote women in leadership; organizations seeking to motivate women to achieve high levels of leadership
Languages: English, Spanish
Lily trains women in the 9 Leadership Power Tools to support them as they work to progress in their careers and personal lives. She has worked in education for over 20 years, currently serving as a public school district superintendent. She is a transformational leader who has worked in the corporate world, owned a business, and excelled as an educator. She is the founder of Si No Yo, Quien? (If not I, who?) – an organization providing motivational talks and training to women with a focus on Latina women.
Honors awarded to Lily include Woman of the Year, District 33, California, 2014; National Life Group’s 2013-14 Life Changer of the Year Award, Nominee; Adelanto Chamber of Commerce, High Desert (Dedicated, Intelligent, Adelanto, Students) DIVA, 2013; Arizona Hispanic Administrators Association, Outstanding Administrator, 2011; Somos Magazine, Hispanic Female Entrepreneur, 2005; D’Latinos Magazine, Successful Female Hispanic, 2005; American Business Women’s Association (ABWA),Women of Achievement, 2006; Florida Governor’s Point of Light Award, 2005
Specialties: Women executives including CEOs and those aiming for the C-suite or boardroom; companies aiming to increase women in their leadership pipelines and to retain their female leaders; government organizations; nonprofit organizations; professional women’s groups.
Gloria Feldt is the Co-Founder and President of Take The Lead. A nationally renowned speaker, leader, and bestselling author, she has been a lifelong advocate for women. When she discovered that women had been stuck at 18 percent of top leadership positions for two decades, she knew she had to find a way to change that. The result: she wrote the bestselling book No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power to give women practical Leadership Power Tools that break down barriers to their personal and professional success and help them embrace their power with intention to lead and live without limits. In 2012, as a result of this work, she co-founded Take The Lead, with the mission to bring women to leadership parity across all sectors by 2025.
A former teen mom who rose to become national president and CEO of the world’s largest women’s health and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, she has been called her “the voice of experience” by People Magazine. Vanity Fair named her one of America’s “Top 200 Women Legends, Leaders, and Trailblazers,” and Glamour Magazine honored her as Woman of the Year. Her writings, workshops, courses and presentations form the core of Take The Lead’ work and have been called “life changing,” “inspiring,” and “chock full of practical tools and tips for success.” She teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership” at Arizona State University.
Specialties: Mid-market female CEOs, women-led businesses, college women, women with significant personal obstacles to overcome, anyone passionate about personal change and ready to “do the work” and make it happen!
Samaya founder Stephanie Goodell uses the 9 Power Tools to help others move beyond their perceived limitations, both professionally and personally. She is an experienced consultant and marketing professional whose passion is accelerating the growth of women entrepreneurs and achieving gender parity. She is a dot connector, an optimist, and a keen facilitator of conversations and relationships. Philosophically and practically committed to experiential learning, collaborative relationships, and thought leadership, her work in global, corporate, higher education and non-profit settings has earned her a reputation for creativity, business acumen, and big-picture insights. Her client list includes Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network, The Madeleine K. Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley College, Women Presidents’ Organization, Springboard Enterprises, The Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs, and Pipeline Angels.
Stephanie is a sought-after speaker, trainer and facilitator. Her areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, leadership development, and networking. She was recently recognized for her work by the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program and is an alumna of the Fall 2015 national cohort. One of Stephanie’s long-term goals is to open a leadership training school for girls in the Indian Himalayas. She recently made her first angel investment in a woman-led social venture as a result of completing the Pipeline Angels investing boot camp. In November of 2015, Stephanie was named to the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship New England Board of Advisors.
Specialties: Organizations aiming to increase women in leadership and diversity; women managers and executives aiming to advance and step up to their next level
Languages: English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
Regina Huber uses the 9 Leadership Power Tools to help women stand out, shine, and move move move to the top, as high as they aim to go, whatever their circumstances. As a dancer and a transformational coach, Regina works with women to not only to own their power, but to find their “magnetic, confident presence,” from the stage to the board room, so they can bring out their best professional selves. Everything Regina does is in the service of freedom: the freedom to speak up and step into our role as leaders so that we can have a bigger impact in our communities and create more wealth for our companies, clients, and ourselves.
Originally from Germany, Regina has 18+ years of international experience in corporate business, including 16 years with Boston Consulting Group. When she’s not running trainings with Take The Lead, she works as a Transformational Leadership Coach with individual clients and companies. She is the founder of Transform Your Performance, a frequent speaker on leadership, and a diversity advocate.
Specialties: Women in tech; entrepreneurs; young professionals; organizations aiming to increase women in leadership and diversity
Ariba Jahan uses the 9 Leadership Power Tools to help women take ownership of their career story and maximize their professional growth while living a fulfilled life.
She is a digital project manager at The Ad Council, where she works on projects include a wide array of multi- industry sites from NGO and philanthropic organizations to governmental agency, educational, and digital media fulfillment sites. She enjoys working on projects from research and UX strategy to product launch, test, and learnings-based iterations.
Previously, Ariba worked at Vizalytics as the Product Lead and at the Lean Startup Machine as the Operations Lead. With a background in biomechanical engineering and medicine, she’s presented research at national conferences in neural engineering, cardiothoracic surgery and orthopaedic surgery with a focus on patient driven product improvements and developments. Today she gravitates towards opportunities where she is able to apply her scientific methodologies in to product development, data analytics, and user based learnings.
Ariba is part of the awesome team that puts together the Lean UX NYC Conference, which connects design, product, engineering, and operations professionals to better understand how to deliver customer value under conditions of extreme market uncertainty. She is a mentor to NYC high school girls, helping them make informed decisions about their career and life. She is passionate about giving back by encouraging young women to enter the STEM fields. When she’s not attempting a divorce from Sallie Mae, she spends her time knitting, reading, weight lifting and cooking.
Specialties: Executive coaching to the 9 Leadership Power Tools with women executives seeking ways to strengthen personal leadership effectiveness and management skills; large and mid-size organizations aiming to increase women in leadership; for-profit and nonprofit organizations dedicated to increasing opportunities for women and girls; young professionals
Languages: English, French
Jaclyn uses the 9 Leadership Power Tools to support women at all points on the career continuum. She has extensive experience in executive coaching and help clients increase and strengthen personal leadership effectiveness and to become comfortable with their strengths. The former Chief of Staff and CAO of Girl Scouts of the USA, she has focused on leadership development for girls and women for over 40 years. In her consulting practice, she works with executive teams to help them develop positive work environments that support and nurture leadership at all levels. She has been a guest lecturer on organizational transformation for the graduate program in management at the New School in NYC and is currently serving on the board of the May Center for Learning. She is a certified mediator and has professional certifications from Smith College, Harvard Business School, and Columbia University’s School of Management.
Lisa A. Mead
Specialities: Women in healthcare at all levels; executive teams developing strategies to recruit, promote, and retain women leaders; for-profit and nonprofit organizations dedicated to the growth and development of women.
Lisa uses the 9 Leadership Power Tools to help women identify how to propel their careers. Over her 30 year career Lisa has used self-development tools to realize successful personal results and business results and has ensured that all levels within her organization were challenged to develop their skills. Lisa began her career as a registered nurse in 1984 and has been a long time health care provider and executive who helps individuals and organizations better execute, improve, and succeed.
In recent years Lisa has founded three companies. Through Inspiring Transitions inspiringtransitions.com, Lisa provides skill-building programs to encourage self-responsibility and independent decision-making. Through Crown Healthcare Advisors, her consulting and leadership development firm, she provides strategic planning, business, and leadership development services to a to healthcare organizations. And she is also founder of Arizona Women in Healthcare, an association designed to Promote, Recognize, Inspire, Develop and Empower its members (AZWIHC.org).
Specialties: Organizations and women aiming to increase the number of women in leadership in public service and public policy; rural women; activists and organizers; New American women; entrepreneurs; LGBTQ+ communities.
Sara Nett uses the 9 Leadership Power Tools to help women step into greater leadership roles in all of their endeavors. Based in Burlington, North Dakota, she is a leadership facilitator, organizer, entrepreneur, and Jane of all trades who works throughout the “Ota” region of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Sara serves on Burlington’s city planning commission and works in frequent partnership with the “ModSquad” at Envision Lab in Mankato, Minnesota, supporting women entrepreneurs and women-led businesses to build the new economy.
Sara’s background is wide, as she has held leadership roles in everything from public service, community organizing, and technical theatre, to program development and implementation and mixed media arts. Sara holds a degree from Minnesota State University. When she’s not teaching, Sara spends time with her spouse and daughter in Burlington or talking about politics and civic engagement with friends.
Specialties: Women in arts, media, and entertainment; law firms.
Neeta Ragoowansi helps women in music, technology, and law use their power to create lives, businesses, and careers they love and protect their creative projects and intellectual property. When she’s not leading trainings with Take The Lead, Neeta, an attorney, musician, and entertainment business executive herself, provides consulting services to investment firms in the digital streaming space and represents the interests of technology start-ups, entertainment content creators, rights owners, and business owners through her private law practice.
Neeta was formerly in-house counsel and in senior management positions at such entertainment companies as The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The National Symphony Orchestra, SoundExchange and TuneSat, and is a frequent speaker at entertainment industry conferences on industry related legal issues, as well as women’s leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation, having appeared at South by Southwest, (SXSW), MIDEM, Digital Music Forum East, SF Music Tech, American Bar Association’s Forum on Entertainment and Sports Law Annual Meetings, Future of Music Policy Summit, and Billboard’s R&B Hip Hop Conference. She is the President of the national non-profit organization, Women in Music, and serves on several boards including The Recording Academy’s (Grammy) NY Chapter and the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.
Specialties: Organizations aiming to increase women in leadership and retain their high-potential female leaders; for-profit and nonprofit organizations dedicated to increasing opportunities for women and girls; women at any stage in their careers, senior leaders and executives looking to advance to their next level.
Languages: English, German
Sandy uses the 9 Leadership Power Tools to help women navigate the sometimes difficult corporate landscape. Her 25+ years of work with people in all stages of their careers has shown that life-changing self-awareness can be found in the smallest of moments. Her skills as a trainer and business analyst are the foundation she calls upon to help guide others in mapping their career course.
Sandy’s own career has taken her from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the Czech Republic and Germany and back to Milwaukee, where she has continued to build her career with the leading global workforce solutions, ManpowerGroup, Inc. As the current chair of ACE@ManpowerGroup, the 300-member women’s business resource group, she has found her voice and calling to deliver programs and solutions that benefit women, corporations and their communities. Sandy holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, a Master Certificate in Quality and is Six Sigma certified.
Specialties: Women in business and finance; young professionals; organizations aiming to increase women in leadership and diversity
Cristina Serrano is passionate about supporting other women in business and young women leaders especially through Take The Lead’s 9 Leadership Power Tools. Cristina specializes in Business Intelligence and has spent most of her career in Accounting, Finance, and Business Analysis with companies like Ernst & Young, IBM, and Honeywell.
When she is not training through Take The Lead, she is pursuing her PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, writing her dissertation on helping women business leaders thrive in the global marketplace through women’s leadership at all levels. Cristina is an Officer of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Arizona and a member of the National Association of Women MBAs.
Specialties: Organizations aiming to increase women in leadership and diversity; activists and entrepreneurs; millennials; LGBT communities
Lex Schroeder uses the 9 Leadership Power Tools to help women leaders and entrepreneurs learn from history, create new futures, and transform their organizations and communities for the better from the inside out.
When she’s not running independent trainings and working with organizations to support and follow the leadership of their existing women leaders, Lex serves as Take The Lead’s Director of Strategy and Partnerships. Prior to this role, Lex worked as an editor and writer in the systems thinking community with long stints at The Berkana Institute and The Lean Enterprise Institute. Her organizing career began with a solutions journalism startup she co-founded and ran for four years in Boston dedicated to knowledge sharing in the nonprofit and social justice space. She is a frequent speaker on leadership and systems change, having spoken or given workshops at Yale, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Kauffman Foundation. She blogs with Take The Lead, has written for Color Magazine and Boston.com, and her views on leadership have been featured in Fast Company and strategy + business magazine. She’s privileged to have attended Smith College where she earned a B.A. in Government, and she lives in NYC.
Mallary Tytel, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Specialties: Women at all levels of their professional lives, from high-potentials to the C-Suite and boardroom; women entrepreneurs and small business owners; the nonprofit sector; leaders working on diversity and inclusion, systems change, and managing uncertainty in today’s complex world.
Mallary uses the 9 Leadership Power Tools to support women on their own leadership and learning journeys, and to help them understand their power to influence the world. She is president and founder of Healthy Workplaces™, a national consulting practice that centers on human systems dynamics: coaching, diversity and culture, women’s leadership, and creating healthy, productive and sustainable workplaces. She is the former CEO of an international human resource development and training corporation, has served as a key advisor to senior-level civilian and military personnel within the U.S. Department of Defense; and created and delivered an innovative leadership training program in over 40 diverse communities worldwide. Most recently she co-founded the Simple rules Foundation whose mission is help individuals, organizations and communities see, understand, and influence the patterns around them.
Mallary is often quoted in the media, and has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Business Week, and the New York Times. She has appeared on CNBC and ABC World News This Morning, and has presented at conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada. She has also been a regular contributor to print and online publications.
Mallary has a Ph.D. from the Union Institute and University, an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut, is a certified executive coach, and certified mediator. She is the author of four books and her new book about coaching is due out in fall 2016. In her spare time, Mallary mentors budding women entrepreneurs and first-time authors.