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Take The Lead Presents: Virtual Happy Hour series changes the narrative about women and leadership from problems to solutions.

Pocketbooks, Policy, and Power Tools: 3 Paths to Gender Parity

Join the conversation Wednesday, September 12th at 6:30 pm ET with inspiring role model women. You’ll hear their stories and learn three simple ways you can propel yourself and other women to gender parity.

  • Through the power of your purse to influence business and change organizational cultures
  • Through the power of your voice to influence public policy
  • Through the power of your intention
  • How to use YOUR Power TO lead in your career and your life

You won’t want to miss this lively conversation with activist filmmaker Kamala Lopez, director of Equal Means Equal and Johana Zeilstra, CEO of Gender Fair, co-hosted by Gloria Feldt, President & Co-Founder of Take The Lead and Reshma Gopaldas, Vice President, Video Programming at SheKnows Media.

This, ladies, is how we change the world together.

Tune in to get the latest on what you can do to shake up the conversation around women’s equality. Did you know women are still not guaranteed equal rights with men in the U.S. Constitution? You’ll meet a woman bent on changing that.

Hear tips for how you can use your pocketbook to influence how women are treated in the workplace. Did you know women make 80% of family buying decisions? You’ll meet a woman who is making that work for women’s equality.

Learn how you can prepare yourself with the 9 Leadership Power Tools. Do you know how women can change how we think about power and get the skills you need for that next promotion or the job/life you want to create? You’ll hear all about a life changing course and have a chance to get early access to it—plus get opportunities for bonus giveaways!

And we want to hear from you. You can start tweeting your questions now to @takeleadwomen to make sure we get yours answered, or you can tweet or chat them live during the program and we will try to answer every single one of them that time allows.

And remember—sign up even if you can’t attend live because we will send the link to everyone who registered.

Can’t wait to see you online.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to get updates. And do us a favor and share the link to the Virtual Happy Hour so you can help your friends and colleagues get direct access to the wisdom of these inspiring women.


Kamala Lopez is an award-winning actress, screenwriter, director and producer. Born in New York City to an Indian mother and a Venezuelan father, Lopez lived with her parents in Caracas until age 14 when the family returned to the United States. Since graduating from Yale University with a degree in Philosophy and Theater Studies, Lopez has worked in film, television and theater, mostly in Los Angeles and New York. Lopez has become a recognized National leader on the issues of women’s rights and the need for equality under law for women in the United States. She has won numerous awards including being selected as one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century in 2012 by Women’s eNews, the Latino Spirit Award for Achievement in Advocacy and Entertainment, and the 2016 Champion of Justice by Equal Rights Advocates.

Johanna Zeilstra is an established business strategist and an accomplished leader for both start-ups and global corporations. Over the past two decades, she has worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and JPMorgan Chase, and with over a dozen client organizations, including Delta Air Lines, Industrial Bank of Japan, Philips, and Bank of America. Her career has led her to live and work in Canada, China, Indonesia, France, The Netherlands, Mexico and across the USA. Prior to Gender Fair, Johanna launched The Women’s Debate ( to encourage presidential candidates to focus on issues that specifically pertain to women during the 2016 presidential debates. In 2013, she helped launch Signature Leaders (, a leadership development program for female executives of global corporations to increase female representation in the C-Suite. Johanna is originally from the Netherlands and educated in Canada where she earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a Masters degree in Business Administration. She resides in Westchester, NY, where she runs the Women Entrepreneurs Network (200+ members) and serves on several boards, including the CEO Forum.


Gloria Feldt

Cohost: 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 SheKnows Media, which includes BlogHer, Stylecaster,, HelloFlo and

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