50 Women Can Change the World in Journalism
No more status quo. Embrace your power to alter the paradigm.
Expand your leadership skills at every level of the media industry, from traditional newsrooms and digital startups to new social media platforms. Shift and expand the topics covered and who covers them.

Join with 49 other influential women leaders and aspiring leaders in journalism from diverse backgrounds to build a vibrant community that will advance your career, while shifting journalism's still male-dominated approach to reflect women's prominence in the world and they way media report about women and issues critical to women. 
For more than three decades, women have made up the majority of journalism and mass communication degree programs in the U.S. But that majority momentum dwindles as women move up the ranks in news media organizations.

According to a 2018 Pew Research Center study, newsroom employees are more likely than workers overall to be male - 61 percent vs. 53 percent of all workers.

When combining race/ethnicity with gender, 48 percent of  newsroom employees are non-Hispanic white men, compared with 34 percent of workers overall.

We can do better!
50 Women Can Change the World in Nonprofit
Why does it matter?
Journalism needs strong, innovative leaders who can lead the media industry forward, as we face growing news "deserts" in the United States, where more than 1,300 communities have lost news coverage in the past decade, according to a new report. 
  •  Accurate and holistic coverage of women in the media is essential for a truly representational view of women and their role in society
  •  More women leaders in media organizations can lead to more nuanced and accurate reporting as women bring their experiences and backgrounds to their reporting.
  •  A lack of pay parity for women journalists and women newsroom leaders is an important reason that women decide to leave journalism.
“50 Women Can is an incredible program for women. It’s given me the time to understand what my relationship with power is. It’s given me comradery and support from other women in all different aspects of the industry, that I probably wouldn’t have connected with otherwise.”
 - Christine Marchese
No Ordinary Leadership Program
Our research-based core curriculum was developed by co-founder and president of Take The Lead, Gloria Feldt and based on her bestselling book No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power and her "9 Leadership Power Tools to Advance Your Career."

Our approach is to teach women how to lead themselves, their careers, and their organizations and systems changes in a holistic way. It is the only program designed to meet the unique opportunities – and challenges – women experience in their industries.

To prepare women in each industry or sector, this program complements in-person training with inspiring speakers, networking events, virtual training, coaching, and facilitation of the development and planning for a collaborative action plan – designed by each cohort – to propel women to greater heights and to truly change the world.

Research-based learning

Executive coaching

Group mastermind & knowledge exchange

Relevant insights from industry experts

In-person training

"I got my power back, I got my voice back, and an unapologetic fierceness."
- Dena Trakes Patton
Our comprehensive four-pillar approach cracks the code and provides the breakthrough women need
Teaches practical “Power Tool” skills
 Connects with mentoring, coaching, and cohort building
 Presents role models
 Drives change with thought leadership
Changing the narrative
We change the focus from obsession with problems to shining a laser beam on the solutions—what is working to advance women toward parity, including internal and external thought leadership.
Unique curriculum
Our program directly addresses women’s relationship with power and intention, internal and external barriers, and changes the paradigm from the outdated “power over” to a more current, collaborative and creative “power TO”—an approach better suited to the very women’s leadership styles that bring higher profits. 

It’s like rocket fuel for the soul, and we see women lift off with confidence, joy, and authenticity. You’ll know yourself better at the end and you will find yourself leading more powerfully and intentionally. During the program, each woman creates her own Strategic Leadership Action Plan to put what she has learned into action.
Collaboration as a core value
This isn't about us, it is about you. Each 50 Women cohort collaborates on a group project and intentionally creates a powerful network to support one another’s success.
Stake in the ground
If you don’t measure it, it doesn’t happen. We keep tabs on crucial impacts. 90% of participants implement their Strategic Leadership Action Plans and claim higher levels of intentionality about their goals and their comfort with embracing their Power TO achieve them. We aim for nothing less than gender parity by 2025. 
Learning Objectives
Embrace a New Definition of Power
Gain a sophisticated understanding of power and redefine it so you can fully assess and embrace your own power and use it with confidence, intention, and joy
Leverage Your Personal Power with Actionable Tools
Achieve your leadership intentions by leveraging an inclusive model for power and the 9 Leadership Power Tools
Increase Self-Awareness
Increase your self-awareness through an experiential and insightful Power Journey
Advance Your Career
Understand the factors that lead to career derailment and replace them with tools and resources necessary to succeed and advance in your career
Plan to Achieve Goals
Set aspirational goals for your career, your organization and your sector and design a Strategic Leadership Action Plan to achieve them
Drive Change - Together
Develop a collaborative plan with a network of fellow journalists to drive meaningful change in the industry and the world
Addresses Specific Journalism Sector Challenges
Participants can expect to
  •  Master the 9 Leadership Power Tools to use them effectively in their organizations and communities
  •  Develop the ability to connect and build purposeful community rather than always working alone
  •  Use a strengths-based assessment to identify opportunities to improve relationships and communications and engage others effectively.
  •  Create a Strategic Leadership Action Plan, aligned with organizational initiatives, to stay on track to reach their goals
  •  Learn effective strategies for navigating within chaotic environments and embracing change within journalism
  •   Improve your ability to negotiate
  •  Build techniques for managing difficult situations and people within the industry
  •   Discover meaningful ways to promote yourself and manage your professional brand
“I have attended training that cost $30,000 and it wasn’t as good and useful as this one.” 
—Lori Chillingworth, Executive Vice President, Zion’s Bank
Are you one of 50 Women Who Can Change the World in Journalism?
Stop waiting for the world to change.

You have the capacity to accelerate culture change for both women and men within journalism. This is the Power of the Cohort and of its collective energy and action.

This unique program is targeted to the needs of aspiring, high-potential mid-level and executive-level women in media and journalism. 

Ideal candidates have a strong desire to create a new narrative for themselves around their individual personal power and use it to contribute at a higher level within their organizations and to drive industry change.

Take The Lead's 50 Women Can Change The World program requires participants’ willingness to be intellectually curious, to have the courage to amplify their voices, and to commit to the immersive and collaborative learning experience.
Standard tuition of $10,000 reduced to $500 thanks to our generous sponsors.

We understand that this may still be a stretch for some applicants and do not want to deter you from applying based on costs.

If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please submit your application and then email Patricia Jerido to share your scholarship needs, whether for tuition or travel, and other possibilities you can foresee for raising funds to support your participation in the program. 
  • When: The next cohort kicks off February 6-8, 2019 
    and runs to May 10, 2019.

    The deadline to apply has passed. If you would like to be notified of our next cohort, email Patricia Jerido
  • Cohort participants will be announced no later than January 14, 2019.
  • Where: The experience takes place both online and in-person. In-person elements of the program will be held in New York City on February 6-8 and May 9-10, 2019.
  • Program Investment: Typical tuition for this type of program is $10,000. Because of our generous sponsors, we are pleased to offer a significantly reduced tuition at $500.
Program Format
Take The Lead's 50 Women Can Change the World in Journalism is designed as a three-month experience, including: 
  • Five immersion days of intensive and collaborative in-person training: February 6-8, 2019 and May 9-10, 2019
  •  Regular virtual online sessions with a deeper dive into some content elements: March and April 2019, dates TBA
  •  Two hours of private one-on-one coaching on the execution of your Strategic Leadership Action Plan
  •  Private, moderated online group via Facebook or LinkedIn
  • Follow up at regular milestones – up to 1 year – to assess your progress and provide support around your Strategic Leadership Action Plan
  •  Ongoing coaching after the program available to participants at a reduced rate
Program Speakers
To be announced
Leading the Charge

Patricia Jerido

Lead Trainer
Patricia is a Take the Lead Leadership Ambassador and the Principal Consultant at Leadership Matters Consulting.
Patricia is a trained M.S.W., social worker, and has over 25 years experience in social justice work. She has worked as an advocate, board member, coach, community organizer, fundraiser, funder, individual and group work counselor, strategist, and trainer. As a program officer for Open Society Foundations and the Ms. Foundation for Women, Patricia has assessed and assisted women leaders in developing their skills to thrive while changing the world.

Fara Warner

Fara a Take The Lead Leadership Ambassador and is the co-founder of “A Picture’s Worth,” a new journalism technology startup focused on giving voice to women’s stories. She is the former vice president of custom content at Dow Jones & Co., former editorial director at AOL’s Business, Finance and Technology unit and editorial director of international special editions at Newsweek/DailyBeast. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and lives in West Shokan, N.Y and New York City.

Gloria Feldt

Co-Founder and President of Take The Lead
A nationally known expert in women, power, and leadership, she was named by Vanity Fair as one of America’s top 200 women legends, leaders, and trailblazers. She is a NY Times bestselling author and former president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The 50 Women Can Change the World programs are based on Gloria’s extensive research underpinning her latest book, No Excuses: Nine Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power. A professor of practice at Arizona State University, she is an in-demand keynote speaker, a Glamour Woman of the Year, and recently named to “Forbes 40 Over 40.”
Advisory Board Members
  •  Sarah Bartlett – Dean, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, City University of New York
  •  Iris Bohnet – Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government and Academic Dean, Harvard Kennedy School
  •   Julie Burton – President, Women's Media Center 
  •   Marsha Cook - SVP Content Strategy & Community , VICE
  •   Paula Ellis - Sr. associate, Kettering Foundation; Director, National Conference on Citizenship; Board Member
  •   Jill Geisler - Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity, Loyola University
  •   Marie Gilot - Head of J+, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, City University of New York
  •  Carol Jenkins - award-winning writer, producer, media consultant and Emmy-winning former television journalist
  •  Elisa Lees Muñoz - Executive Director, International Women’s Media Fund
  •  Mi-Ai Parrish - CEO and President of MAP Strategies Group and the Sue Clark-Johnson Professor in Media Innovation and Leadership, Arizona State University
  •   Amy B. Resnick - Editor of Pensions & Investments
  •  Birgit Rieck - Associate Director, Wallace House
  •  Sree Sreenivasan - consultant, speaker and trainer for nonprofits, corporations, startups and executives. Co-creator of Digimentors
  •  Amy Westervelt - award-winning writer and editor
  •   Max Whitney - technology leader
  •   Paula Williams Madison - Chairwoman & CEO, Madison Media Management; Founding Partner, The Group LLC
  •  Yumi Wilson - tenured journalism professor, San Francisco State University
"I was ready to throw the towel in. I was stuck in, what felt like, middle management. The penny dropped during your session. Why did I assume that leaders can guess what I want just because I have shown them what I can do? I initiated discussions with the Head of IT, Head of Transformation and our Chief Operating Officer on leading key initiatives using Power Tools 1-4. This training gives me more power to march ahead to push the envelope."
- International Women’s Forum Fellow in the Banking Industry
Frequently Asked Questions
What sectors of journalism does this program address?
This program is open to participants from all sectors of journalism, including the editorial and business sides. In addition, we highly encourage statehouse reporters or journalists reporting at the local level to apply.
Where and when will the immersion sessions take place? 
The on-site portion of the program will take place in at the Ford Foundation in New York City. Dates for the first immersion session are February 6, 7 & 8, 2019 and dates for the second session are May 9 & 10, 2019. Please apply only if you know you can make these dates, as attendance for the immersion sessions is mandatory.
How much does it cost to register?
The program components including five days of immersion training, virtual sessions, two hours of private one-on-one coaching, private online networking group, plus meals and supplemental course materials would cost upwards of $10,000 if priced separately.

With the generous support of funders, including the Ford Foundation and the Democracy Fund, we are able to provide the program at a cost of $500.

We do recognize that even this sum may be a stretch for some participants and do not want the costs of the program to deter amazing candidates who should be part of this program. If you are in need of a scholarship for the program tuition or travel, please email Patricia Jerido and share your needs, along with other fundraising opportunities you foresee to support your participation.
How do I obtain an invoice if my organization is paying for me?
When you receive your acceptance email and payment link, check the box to generate an invoice on the payment page. 
Can I recommend more than one person?
Absolutely. Complete a recommendation form for each qualified, prospective participant.
What is the maximum number of participants that can attend from one organization? 
To ensure a mix of participants from different organizations and roles, we cap the number of participants from a single organization at five (5). If your organization wishes to enroll more, we can discuss ways to bring this experience into your organization - or to reserve spots in our next cohort.
Do I have to attend every immersion day session?
Participation is essential to the success of the program. By agreeing to participate in the cohort you’re making a commitment to the selected group of women and yourself. That said, we understand that things happen. Please contact us should you have a conflict with any of the dates.

Can I purchase additional coaching sessions?
Yes. Post-program coaching packages are available at a 20% discount to cohort participants. 
How do I recommend a speaker or topic? 
We are always open to receiving recommendations for speakers or topics that will directly address the challenges of women in journalism or who will inspire the cohort. Please, feel free to email the lead trainer to make a suggestion.
My organization is interested in becoming a program sponsor. How does this work?
A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available.

To donate to provide a scholarship for a program participant, go to https://www.taketheleadwomen.com/donate. Take The Lead is a 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit organization. Your contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
For all other sponsorship questions, contact us.
I’m not able to participate in this cohort. How can I stay engaged with the program?
To be placed on the list to join a future cohort, email the lead trainer, and we’ll notify you when we announce our next program. 

You might also be interested in being a program sponsor or providing a scholarship for a program participant.
I'm a member of the press/media and want to cover this event or interview a 50 Women Can participant, presenter or lead trainer. Who should I contact ?
 Press and media inquiries can be sent to the lead trainer.
Organizations Leading the Way in Journalism
Take The Lead’s 50 Women Can Change the World Leadership Program in Journalism is possible only through the generous support from these partners & sponsors.

Want to show your support for women’s leadership? Become a sponsor for a 50 Women Can Change The World in Journalism program by contacting us.
What is Take The Lead?
Take The Lead is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to prepare, develop, inspire and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025.

Learn from best-selling author Gloria Feldt, co-founder of Take The Lead and a national expert on leadership, and from a diverse slate of certified Take The Lead Leadership Ambassadors.

Applications for the February 2019 cohort are closed.
Email us to be placed on the notification list for our next cohort.
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