Gloria Feldt

Gloria Feldt is a leading activist, a best selling author of four books, and a commentator and keynote speaker on women and leadership, politics, power, health, and media. Her current book, "No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power" ~ Tools for Leading an Unlimited Life reveals why women are stuck at 18% of top leadership roles and, through both inspirational stories and practical tools, shows how women can redefine power, lead themselves with intention, and reach parity from the boardroom to the bedroom for good - their own and society's. Author, Speaker, and Commentator Prior to writing "No Excuses, 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power", Gloria co-wrote the New York Times best seller, "Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love, and Leading Roles", with the ever-powerful Kathleen Turner, "The War on Choice: The Right-Wing Attack on Women's Rights and How to Fight Back and Behind Every Choice Is a Story." Her commentary has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, ELLE, More and Ms among others, and on-line in The Daily Beast, Alternet, Salon, The Huffington Post, Daily Kos, WIMNsVoices, Women's Media Center, Truthout, Salon, Women's e-News, ilfpost, Women’s Voices for Change, and RH Reality Check.

Gloria is a sought-after speaker for universities, professional and civic organizations, and women's groups seeking inspiration, information, and leadership skills. She also tours with an intergenerational panel called "Women, Girls, Ladies." Leader

Gloria's front-line experience has given her a unique understanding of the confluence of the personal and the political in leadership and American culture. Currently she is a professor of practice at Arizona State University where she teaches "Women, Power, and Leadership." People magazine called this former teen mom, who became leader of the world's largest reproductive and sexual health care provider and advocacy organization, "the voice of experience." She brought phenomenal growth to the Planned Parenthood affiliates she led in West Texas and Arizona, then served as president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America from 1996-2005. She led the organization to adopt a bold new Vision for 2025. Her call to fight forward scored insurance coverage for contraceptives and accessible emergency contraception. Under her leadership, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund grew into the largest nonpartisan pro-choice action fund.

Honors and Civic Activities Vanity Fair magazine named Gloria one of America's "top 200 women legends, leaders, and trailblazers." Glamour magazine honored her as Woman of the Year. She was one of Women's e-News' 2007 "21 Leaders for the 21st Century." Texas Monthly, naming her to its "Texas Twenty" - she hails originally from Temple TX - described her as part den mother, part businesswoman, part Mae West. Gloria is a fellow of the International Leadership Forum. Gloria Feldt serves on the Women's Media Center board of directors, on the board of the Jewish Women's Archive, and advisory boards of Our Bodies, Ourselves, Women's Internet History Project, and Hygeia PCP.

  • 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power
  • Sister Courage: Using Movement Building Principles to Build Your Business
  • 9 No Excuses Leadership Lessons Workshop
  • Carpe the Chaos: Power Tools to Thrive in a Time of Change
  • Riding the Leadership Wave: The 7 C’s of Embracing Controversy
  • We’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe: a Brief History (and Future) of Women
  • WomenGirlsLadies: A Fresh Intergenerational Conversation (panel with Deborah Siegel, Courtney Martin, and Krystal Brent Zook
  • No Temple in Temple: Growing up Jewish in Small-Town Texas
  • £500 and a Womb of One’s Own—Economic & Reproductive Justice

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"The best lecturer we’ve had in my four years on the lecture board." - University Student Lecture Board

"An amazing, inspiring speaker who really knows what women need today." - author of Wander Woman

"The audience loved the interactive workshop format and your personal story. It was lively, animated, inspirational, a refreshing take." - San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

"How moved I was!" - Eve Ensler

"This was not a speech, it was a conversation, a story-telling, a wake-up call and an inspiration." - Most Influential Women in Radio

"Gloria understands what it takes to mobilize a giant organization toward dramatic new goals. And she is the kind of energized, witty, charismatic leader around whom one cannot help but become wiser, newly motivated, and better equipped to plan for the future." - Western Behavioral Sciences Institute and Executive Director, International Leadership Forum

"Nobody says it like Gloria Feldt" - Blogger

"Gloria articulates all of this with tremendous alacrity and inspiration." - First Matter and Author of The Visionary's Handbook

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