GLORIA FELDT, Author
Co-Founder, Take The Lead & Former CEO, Planned Parenthood
Kristina Leonardi, Founder of The Women’s Mosaic, Career Coach, Author
Arpita Mazumdar, VP, Goldman Sachs
Kara Rota, Director of Editorial & Partnerships, Cookstr at Macmillan
“An up-to-the-minute, indispensable book. This book is the coach women need.”
- Gloria Steinem
“With heartfelt encouragement…including strategies for including men in feminist causes, this guide is accessible to all.”
- Publisher’s Weekly
Take The Lead, The Women’s Mosaic, City Headshots
Gloria Feldt is co-founder and president of Take The Lead, the new women’s leadership movement to prepare, develop, inspire and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. The bestselling author of “No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power,” Gloria is an acclaimed expert on women, power and authentic leadership, and an inspiring keynote speaker, who motivates with heart and humor as a practical activist gives practical “Power Tools” for life and leadership.
People magazine calls her the “voice of experience.” Gloria’s expertise in women, power and leadership comes from a deep well of personal knowledge gained on the front lines. Her journey from teen mom and high school dropout from rural Texas to president and CEO of the world’s largest reproductive health and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to best-selling author and visionary leader for women’s equality inspires both men and women. Named by Vanity Fair as one of “America’s Top 200 Women Leaders, Legends, and Trailblazers,” Glamour’s “Woman of the Year,” and a Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st century, among other honors. A world changer who helped pave the way for women today, she believes this is women’s moment to achieve parity. Her passion is to remove the last remaining obstacle: women’s learned resistance to embracing their own power.
Author of four books, she teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership” at Arizona State University. Both a newsmaker and a commentator, Gloria has been widely quoted and published in media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Politico, Salon, The Daily Beast, and Huffington Post, and magazines including More, Glamour, Elle and Ms. She has appeared extensively on television, including CNN, MSNBC, the Today Show, Good Morning America and The Daily Show. Follow her on twitter @GloriaFeldt and connect on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Kristina Leonardi is a motivational speaker, career/life coach and author who helps men and women make the most of their personal and professional lives, allowing them to recognize, connect to, and fulfill their role in the world at large. She has presented to organizations such as Saatchi and Saatchi, UBS, HR Association of NY, American Women’s Business Association, and New York’s Science, Industry & Business Library.
Kristina offers individual and group coaching privately, as well as in affiliation with New York Women in Communications, and is the founder of The Women's Mosaic (TWM), a nonprofit organization that has produced over 100 events over 10 years for more than 5000 women to connect to themselves each other and the world around them. Kristina has taught extensively for NYU’s Center for Hospitality, Travel and Tourism and the Center for Career and Life Planning for over 15 years. She was listed as one of Hispanic Magazines Top Latinas of 2004, received Tango Diva's 2007 Diva Visionary Award, honored by the WNBA's NY Liberty as part of their 2009 Inspiring Women Night, and has been featured in Forbes.com, Inc. Magazine, Psychology Today and The Huffington Post. She is the author of Personal Growth Gab (PGG), Volume One: Thought-provoking, inspirational and entertaining essays to keep you connected with yourself and make sense of this journey called Life (available on Amazon). Follow her on Twitter @clearlykristina and on Facebook at Personal Growth Gab.
Arpita (Arpi) Mazumdar is currently a Vice President at Goldman Sachs where she is the Business Manager in Global Securities Division Management and Strategy, Office of the COO. Ms. Mazumdar comes with over 14 years of experience solely in the financial services sector and has held a variety of roles within Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. She received her BS in Business Administration from the University of Albany- SUNY, is a 2014 Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Fellow and Executive member, as well as a VIP member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). Ms. Mazumdar is very engaged in Women's rights and is currently a sponsor for “Women for Women International” - a nonprofit humanitarian organization that provides practical and moral support to women survivors of war. More recently, she joined the Board of Directors at “ A Global Friendship”, an international nonprofit that focuses on poverty alleviation where she looks forward to continue being an agent of change and providing opportunity to women on a global level.
Kara Rota is Director of Editorial & Partnerships at Cookstr.com, a Macmillan portfolio company and recipe site whose mission is to digitally organize cookbooks and recipes of all types and make them easily accessible. She is the host of the Clever Cookstr podcast on Quick & Dirty Tips network. Kara has been a featured speaker at numerous venues including Food Book Fair, the Roger Smith Food Conference, and the Brooklyn Food Conference. She is a former board member of Girls in Tech NYC and Angel Alliance member of the Lower East Side Girls Club, and has supported STEM education for girls as a judge for Technovation International.
PARADIGM SHIFT: NYC’S FEMINIST COMMUNITY
Use the “F” word.
Change NYC. Change the World.
Paradigm Shift NYC is the New York City metro-area’s critically acclaimed and largest feminist community group and event series. We’ve produced over 45 sold out lectures, discussions, screenings, and performances featuring leaders in feminist thought, that range from artists and academics to filmmakers and policy activists. Paradigm Shift NYC events challenge and inspire attendees to contribute to the feminist movement by providing a unique and welcoming platform for expression and coalition building. In early 2011, Berkeley College commissioned Paradigm Shift to produce a four-part webinar series on domestic violence, LGBTQ community building, and creating sexual empowerment. We have partnerships with over 220 progressive organizations. TimeOut New York named Paradigm Shift “Critics’ Pick” on 12 occasions, an unprecedented honor among progressive organizations. Meredith Villano, Co-Founder and Director, was honored by Feminist Press "40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism".