Amy was questioning why women had stalled at 18-20% across all sectors, similar to when she left her position 15 years ago to stay home with a second child. And yet all evidence showed that more women in leadership resulted in better business results and government processes.
Gloria had spent over 30 years advancing women, including having served as President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. For several years, she had been so obsessed with the very question Amy asked that she had literally written the book on it. After researching the problems, she had developed solutions. These include redefining power and 9 leadership “Power Tools.” After teaching this material at Arizona State University, delivering workshops for women in the workplace, and keynote speaking around the country, Gloria observed that these tools consistently created breakthroughs for women to achieve higher leadership intentions.
Amy and Gloria surveyed the many existing leadership programs and listened to what women said they needed. They realized that if women were to reach parity in leadership, an organization was needed to put a stake in the ground and create a synergistic program of training, mentoring, role modeling , and thought leadership needed to accelerate progress toward leadership parity.
With a scaling up strategy of collaboration and partnerships with over 200 organizations, Take The Lead officially launched in February of 2014 with the Take The Lead Challenge Event at ASU. This event featured prominent speakers, including Facebook CEO and Lean In founder Sheryl Sandberg and powerhouse Morgan Stanley Vice Chairman of Wealth Management Carla Harris. It rocked an on-site audience of 3,000, and reached an international livestream audience of 500,000 in 48 countries. The Close the Gap App was released to demonstrate Take The Lead’s focus on solutions rather than problems, whereupon the enthusiastic response crashed the web servers.
At that point, Gloria and Amy knew they had tapped an intense need. So they fleshed out a suite of training offerings for early career, mid-career, and near-the-C-Suite women and produced Take The Lead presents role model events and thought leadership writings. Mentoring will be implemented in 2016. They are convinced that with laser focus on these proven solutions, women will reach leadership parity by 2025.
And they invite you to join in this journey for good—women’s good and the good of the world.
- Intentioning: Sex, Power, Pandemics, and How Women Will Take The Lead for (Everyone’s) Good
In the wake of two pandemics that shook our world to its core and revealed deep fault lines in our culture, Intentioning shows how we can seize the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity created by massive disruption to build back stronger with women at the center of the recovery. Through the lens of women’s stories, it delivers a fresh set of leadership tools, skills, and concepts that help all women reach their own highest intentions, purposefully creating new norms, while guiding institutions to break through the remaining barriers to gender and racial parity for everyone’s good.
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