New matching funds campaign urges women and those who support parity to pledge to be #PowHerfulTogether
Press Release – (New York, NY)—Take The Lead, founded in 2013 by its President Gloria Feldt, an author and activist, and board chair Amy Litzenberger, will launch its first online fundraiser at noon on December 20th. In this 24-hour campaign the organization will bring attention to the most potent act now needed on behalf of women: create a viable and durable pipeline of women trained to lead in for-profit, non-profit and governmental arenas. Leadership expert Nancy O’Reilly and her foundation, WomenConnect4Good, have pledged to match dollar for dollar any contributions up to $300,000.
The numbers tell the story: women represent more than half the U.S. population. Women students outnumber male students in universities. Research shows that more women in leadership lead to higher profits. Women are the primary breadwinners in over 40% of American families and still make 21% less than men. Women occupy almost 50% of the workforce yet fewer than 20% of leadership positions. Women have been stalled at that leadership level across all sectors for almost two decades: Take The Lead has a uniquely effective program to break that logjam.
Take The Lead’s mission is to prepare, develop, inspire, and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. It provides actionable tools for women to take to reduce the wage and leadership gap and improve workplace policies such as paid parental leave. Studies show that increasing the number of women in leadership reduces turnover and increases ROI. Take The Lead believes it is time to bring the U.S. more in line with other nations around the world to enjoy the benefits women in leadership bring to organizations and their bottom line—and because it is the right thing to do.
Feldt says: “This mission has never been more important. To achieve leadership parity and ensure positive change, we must mobilize, take risks and embrace the importance of community, of supporting one another, and of speaking up when something is not right. What we are doing is working. It gives women the resources, skills and community support to take the lead in their own lives. ”
In just under two years, Take The Lead has reached over one million worldwide offering trainings, online courses and free resources to increase the skills, knowledge, confidence and abilities among women at diverse stages in their career. Through its Leadership Ambassador trainings the organization creates dynamic workshop leaders who can spread Take The Lead’s curriculum throughout the country. In 2017, Take The Lead will also prioritize one of the most critical elements of women’s success: mentorships. In collaboration with Glassbreakers, Take The Lead aims to sign up one million mentors in a program that will link generations and skills to help women achieve their personal goals.
The 24-hour fund drive’s motto—we are #PowHerfulTogether— calls on all to support this vital work of leadership parity.
For more information on the founders and Take The Lead and its many programs please visit http://www.taketheleadwomen.com/