The Power of Philanthropy: My Week of Celebrating Women Changing the World

Issue 93 — May 14, 2019

L-R, Women’s eNews gala honorary chair with a distinguished media production career Loreen Arbus, Artist and activist Linda Stein, and me vamping on the rainbow carpet at the Women’s eNews gala May 6. Loreen’s e-mail signature includes these quotes: she lives by them: The act of giving is the soul of living.” — Loreen Arbus; “How we treat the most vulnerable among us is who we are.” — Lucie Berreby
Two of my female superheroes, filmmaker and founder of Fork Films , Abby Disney and philanthropist/investor Jacki Zehner. Jacki, who was the youngest and first female trader to become a partner at Goldman Sachs is also honorary chair of Take The Lead’s upcoming 50 Women Can Change the World in Finance.
My host, great friend of Take The Lead, passionate advocate for gender equality, Michael Stars Cofounder and President Suzanne Lerner who is a Ms. Foundation board member with the visionary Ms. Foundation President Teresa Younger.
With Alyson Palmer of the musical group BETTY
Step and repeating after the dinner with Ted Bunch of A Call to Men and Olivia Merchant, owner and CEO of the management company bearing her name
This panel drew resounding applause, a real and raw sharing of how women of color can most effectively navigate the newsroom. It featured L-R, Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, cohort member and CEO of Lantigua Williams and Co specializing in podcasts and film, Marsha Cooke Senior Vice President for Content Strategy and Community at Vice Media, and Farai Chideya, author and our program officer at the Ford Foundation, which along with the Democracy Fund supports the program.
We were honored to welcome CBS News Executive Vice President Kim Godwin (R) as our graduation speaker, and many guests, including CultureBanx CEO Kori Hale (L) who came to cheer the 50-woman cohort on as they received their certificates of completion for the course along with a Parity Charm bracelet bearing Take The Lead’s logo and a charm that says “power” on one side and “intention” on the other to remind them of the 9 Leadership Power Tools and more that they learned in the course.
No nonprofit organization can succeed without strong board leadership, and Take The Lead is incredibly fortunate that Dr. Nancy O’Reilly, founder and president of the Women Connect 4 Good Foundation is our board chair. Nancy, also the author of In This Together about the importance of women helping women, and I took a long walk around Central Park the day after the 50 Women graduation to celebrate the program’s success and decompress from a very busy week.



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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.