Take The Leap (Day) — Come to the Power Up Conference (Red Petticoat Optional)
Exactly one week from today will be Leap Day, February 29!
And I want to spend it with you.
Register here to join me at The Power Up Conference: Igniting the Intentional Leader Within, February 28 and 29 at the Scottsdale Plaza Hotel.
Friday, February 28 will focus on leadership skill building. The inimitable Felicia Davis will deliver an advanced self-branding workshop, I’ll give you a sneak preview of 9 NEW Leadership Power Tools, and there will be panels and roundtables that knock your socks off with their brilliance.
Saturday, February 29, you’ll see lightening talks by graduates of Take The Lead programs and powerful keynote speakers, including a panel of Arizona Mayors Kate Gallego (Phoenix), Coral Evans (Flagstaff), and Regina Romero (Tucson) on why women should Take The Lead in politics and civic life, moderated by Pulitzer winning journalist Megan Finnerty. We’ll also honor Take The Lead heroes and sheroes Leon Silver, Dana Campbell Saylor, and Tina Drews.
Other inspiring and powerful speakers include:
— Jamia Wilson, Publisher of the Feminist Press who will share how she stays on mission
— Dr. Sheila Robinson, Founder and CEO of Diversity Woman Media who will speak on the importance of diverse women taking the lead in business
— Rupa Dash, Founder and CEO of the World Woman Foundation, who will tie it all together with a rousing keynote on how women will solve the world’s biggest problems
Are you ready to sign up yet?
Our conference planning committee can tell you I was obsessed with scheduling this conference to coincide with Leap Day. Why? Because it’s one of the most feminist of holidays. And I love the symbolism.
If you’re a nerd about women’s history as I am, you might like this article I wrote about the history of Leap Day — and its meaning for today — in Fast Company a few years ago.
In short, February 29 is the every-fourth-year adjustment for the Gregorian calendar’s imperfections. This inspired a leap of blazing hope for women in 5th Century Ireland, when St. Bridget persuaded St. Patrick to declare that a woman could do the unthinkable: ask a man to marry her. Leap Day was codified in 12th century Scotland (again initiated by a woman, Queen Margaret). The tradition continued, highlighted by merry belittlements to remind women of their lack of power the rest of the time. For example, women on the prowl for a husband were to sport red petticoats as fair warning so the poor beleaguered men could see them from a distance and dash in the other direction.
Leap Day privilege now seems an amusing anachronism But women still have a long way to go to reach full equality. When it comes to leadership, we are only halfway there.
That’s where Take The Lead comes in with its training, coaching, and 50 Women Can Change the World programs that have been called (for example) “life changing” and “jet fuel for my career.”
So leap already!
Come to the conference and support Take The Lead’s work, while being inspired and accelerating your own leadership skills.
I can’t wait to welcome you there. (I’ll be wearing red.)
Gloria Feldt, Cofounder and President, Take The Lead
PS. Register today and be sure to invite a friend to join you.
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GLORIA FELDT is the Cofounder and President of Take The Lead, a motivational speaker and expert women’s leadership developer for companies that want to build gender balance, and a bestselling author of four books, most recently No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power. Former President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, she teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership” at Arizona State University and is a frequent media commentator. Learn more at www.gloriafeldt.com and www.taketheleadwomen.com. Tweet @GloriaFeldt.