Issue 178 — September 20, 2021

On a spectacular Arizona day in late January, 2020, a day when you can be lulled into thinking all’s right with the world, I was hiking with a friend. Then boom! I tripped on an unseen pebble, put my hand out to catch myself and knew immediately from the snap and the pain that I had broken my wrist. The first broken bone I’d ever had.

It’s never the mountains that trip you up. It’s the pebbles on the path.

Within 6 weeks, I realized I should have seen it as an omen. The…

Issue 177 — September 12, 2021

Like most everyone else yesterday on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, I relived where I was that day when everything changed.

It was one of those spectacularly beautiful days when it seemed like all was right with the world. I had arrived a little after 8:30am to meet a business colleague for breakfast at Jean-Georges Nougatine, an upscale restaurant just off New York’s Columbus Circle in the Trump International Hotel and Tower. (Ironic? Perhaps.)

When she didn’t arrive by around 8:45, I dialed her number on my cell phone.

But there was no dial…

Issue 176 — August 30, 2021

If you want to see me break out into a cold sweat instantly, just say the word “event.” Every time an organization with which I’m involved has an event, my first reaction is “No.”

Not surprisingly, since I’ve been leading nonprofit organizations almost my entire career, and thus on the asking end of the fundraising equation, that probability of cold sweat occurs with some frequency.

For one thing, I’m always very aware that philanthropists could be spending their money on any number of causes or material goods that they would enjoy. But they choose…

Issue 175 — August 23, 2021

I had so much fun interviewing pianist Marina Arsenijevic in preparation for Take The Lead’s Women’s Equality Day concert.

She talked about how, soon after she arrived in the United States, she told a group of families who like herself had immigrated from Serbia, one of seven countries that war torn Yugoslavia had split into that her dream was to play in Carnegie Hall.

Within a relatively short time, she had the opportunity to perform in that iconic hall.

You’ll have to join us on August 26 to learn the rest of her charming…

Issue 174 — August 2, 2021

A colleague once gave me a poster bearing the caption, “When you’re up to your ass in alligators, it’s hard to remember your goal was to drain the swamp.”

That’s always good for a chuckle of recognition, because, I mean really, is there any one of us who hasn’t been there? In a time of chaos, whether it’s economic, or social, or within your organization, when many people are desperately trying to keep those writhing reptiles from nipping their knees, it’s hard to keep your eyes on the prize, your focus on the vision…

Here’s what keeps me going in the face of predictions that the pandemic has set women’s progress back 10 years.

Hi Gloria,

I am really excited about putting my strategic plan into action now, and seeing the results in 6 months. This course has helped me tremendously and I would love for more women to benefit from it. I feel very confident in my decisions now, and know that I can (and will) do the hard stuff to get where I want to go. I am ready to aim higher, and achieve higher-and just have fun along the way!


Issue 173 — July 26, 2021

Two billionaires went into space last week and created a big dust up here on Earth. The debates over whether Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos did something amazing or disgusting raged on social media.

Issue 172 — July 12, 2021

Last week, I attended my first unmasked, in person, un-social distanced theatrical performance, albeit outdoors. It was pure bliss.

The play was, of course, the thing, and an entertaining one at that. But being in a community of happy theater goers was by far the essence of my joy.

A friend had invited me to join her and another woman for Shakespeare in the Park’s performance of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater.

Shakespeare in the Park is a quintessentially New York event. In non-pandemic times, people line up as…

Issue 171— July 5, 2021

Philanthropist Melinda French Gates stood for a photo op with French President Emmanuel Macron at the UN Women’s Generation Equality Forum June 29-July 1, 2021 and discussed the Gates Foundation’s new commitment of $2.1 USD to women’s economic empowerment, family planning, and (Hallelujah! At last!) accelerating women’s leadership.

Issue 170 — June 28, 2021

My weekly zoom with women friends who have been staying in touch through the pandemic recently focused on how hard it is to get old ideas and solutions out of their heads when a new and better one has been proven more effective.

The examples mostly came from the world of science and medicine, starting with Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis who was hounded out of the medical profession in the 19th century. Dr. Semmelweis observed that simply washing hands after treating other patients could significantly reduce maternal mortality. …

Gloria Feldt

Gloria Feldt is a New York Times bestselling author and co-founder and president of Take The Lead, a nonprofit women’s leadership organization.

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