Virtual Happy Hour - February 2019

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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.

Making History:

Changing The Lives and Futures of Black Women and Girls

Join us Wednesday, February 13 at 6:30 PM ET to learn the success secrets from two superstars in athletics, entrepreneurship and community building.

For our Virtual Happy Hour in Black History Month, we are thrilled to bring you Dr. Lily D. McNair, President of Tuskegee University, and board member of Take The Lead; Minda Harts, founder of The Memo; and Devereaux Peters, two-time WNBA champion and forward on the Phoenix Mercury. These are women you definitely want to know! They’ll join co-hosts Gloria Feldt, President & Co-Founder of Take The Lead, and Reshma Gopaldas, Vice President, Video Programming at SheMedia.

February 13,
6:30 pm ET
Learn their success secrets

You will learn and have a chance to discuss live:

--How these women thrive and provide leadership in their communities and beyond

--How women can lead the change to reach pay and leadership parity in organizations of all sectors

--Why giving back to the community matters especially to girls and women of color

--How you can create change in your life and your community with action

--Why standing up for fairness and calling out bias improves the culture for everyone

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.


Minda Harts is the founder of The Memo LLC, a career development company for women of color and an Adjunct Professor of Public Service at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. In 2018, she was named one of 25 Emerging Innovators by American Express. Her book The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table comes out August 2019 with Hachette Book Group.

Minda is also the host of a weekly podcast called Secure The Seat to help advance women of color at work.

Dr. Lily D. McNair, President of Tuskegee University, and board member of Take The Lead, is the first female president of the university after serving nearly seven years as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Wagner College. She previously served as associate provost of research and divisional coordinator for science and mathematics at Spelman College. A clinical psychologist by training, her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and she is co-editor of Women: Images and Realities, an introductory multicultural women’s studies textbook.

Devereaux Peters is a forward with the Phoenix Mercury in her sixth WNBA season. She began her WNBA career as a first round draft pick with the Minnesota Lynx. Devereaux won two WNBA Championships (2013 and 2015) with the Minnesota Lynx. In 2018, she was listed as a Top 20 Players in Minnesota Lynx History. Devereaux made her team USA Basketball debut in summer of 2011 at the World University Games. She played for the 2011 Team USA helping to pace the United States to a 6-0 record and the Gold Medal at World University Games in Shenzhen, China. In 2016 after playing in international competition for several years Devereaux led the Hungarian team Uniqa Sopron to a Hungarian National Championship and was namedMost Valuable Player. She created Devereaux Donates to support local organizations working to empower youth in her native Chicago.


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 SheMedia, which includes BlogHer, Stylecaster,, HelloFlo and SheMediacom.

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