November VHH | Giving Back With Gratitude: Making A Difference

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Take The Lead Presents: Virtual Happy Hour series that seeks to change the narrative from problems to solutions through thought leadership. It’s a live Zoom webcast, easy to access and you can ask the guests your most burning questions. Our goal is to provide you with takeaways you can use right away in your life and work.

Giving Back With Gratitude: Making A Difference

On this free live Virtual Happy Hour, we’ll be joined by Tamra Ryan, CEO of Women's Bean Project, and Mae Whiteside, President and CEO of CKL Engineers, LLC.

You'll learn how to:

  • Identify issues, causes and challenges you can How to use your time, resources and energy to make a difference

  • Create change in communities you care about

  • Build a network of gratitude and giving

  • Align with groups and causes you care about deeply

  • Give back to women and girls through mentorship, opportunities

Join us LIVE for this important, lively discussion on Wednesday, November 13 at 6:30pm ET

You can ask:
--Anything if you participate live!

--Sign up even if you can’t attend live—we’ll send the link afterward so you don’t miss the valuable tips.

--Tweet questions in advance to @takeleadwomen to make sure your question gets answered.


Tamra Ryan is CEO of Women’s Bean Project, a nationally-recognized social enterprise based in Denver, that provides transitional employment to women attempting to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty. She is the board chair for the Social Enterprise Alliance and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Judith M. Kaufmann award for Civic Entrepreneurship, presented by The Denver Foundation. In 2012 she was named one of Colorado’s up and coming most influential women by The Denver Post and was a speaker at TEDxMilehigh and is the author of The Third Law, a book which highlights the societal obstacles and internal demons that must be overcome for these marginalized women to change their lives.

Mae C. Whiteside is President and CEO of CKL Engineers, LLC., Chicago, winner of the 2018 Engineering Excellence Honor Award. She is a trained civil engineer and was a 2016 presidential campaign fellow and formerly served as Board Member of St. Martin de Porres House of Hope, a substance abuse recovery home for women and children and is a member of the Lumen Cordium Society at the Archdiocese of Chicago, The Economic Club of Chicago, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Council of Engineering Companies, and a Great Rivers Chicago philanthropist. Her goal is to increase pipeline opportunities in STEM and more for African American girls.


Gloria Feldt

Gloria Feldt is the Co-Founder and President of Take The Lead, with the mission to prepare and propel women to leadership parity by 2025. Starting as a teen mom, her hard work and leadership abilities led her to a 30-year career at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, including a 9-year stint as its national president and CEO. People Magazine has called her “the voice of experience,” Glamour named her Woman of the Year, Forbes to their 40 over 40 list, and Vanity Fair named her one of America’s “Top 200 Women Legends, Leaders, and Trailblazers.” When she discovered that women had been stuck at 18 percent of top leadership positions for two decades, she knew she had to find a way to change that. The result: she wrote the bestselling book No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power to give women practical Power Tools that break down their unconscious barriers to greater personal and professional success.That book led to the organization Take The Lead and comprehensive leadership programs such as the 50 Women Can Change the World.

Cohost: Reshma Gopaldas has been creating video content with a focus on women’s rights and health for over 15 yars. As the Associate Director of Creative Services and Talent Engagement at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, she produced, directed, and wrote the majority of their video content, and managed their celebrity supporters. Prior to that, she worked in film and television production in New York, with notable directors and actors. Her work has been featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN, ABC, HuffPo, Jezebel, Fox, etc. Today, she heads video for SHE Media, which includes BlogHer, Stylecaster,, HelloFlo and SheMediacom.

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