August 17, 2017

AZ Business Magazine

Applications open for ’50 Women Can Change the World’

Take The Lead Arizona, co-founded by Gloria Feldt, national expert on women’s leadership, announced an intensive leadership training program for women in Arizona working in the nonprofit sector: 50 Women Can Change the World. The program was launched in 2016 in the Arizona market and has plans for expansion in additional markets and sectors in 2018. APS is a corporate sponsor of the 50 Women Can Change the World program.

The program, based on Feldt’s 9 Leadership Power Tools for women, includes five, in-person training sessions, a robust online learning program, and executive coaching. Participants are guided and mentored while they develop and implement their own powerful strategic leadership action plans and gain practical and tactical skills to better equip them to lead nonprofit organizations in the 21st century.

“I launched Take The Lead because women are still not getting their fair share of leadership positions, despite having more women in the workplace who are better educated and more experienced than ever before,” said Gloria Feldt. “The statistics are grim.  Women continue to earn about 20 percent less than men. The disparity is especially prevalent in the nonprofit world which employs a preponderance of women.”

“APS is committed to diversity at all levels,” said Mallory Lebovitz, APS corporate giving specialist. “Through our sponsorship of the 50 Women Can Change the Program, we have seen women gain the tools needed to become strong, transformational leaders. Arizona’s robust nonprofit sector will be much stronger as a result.”

Applications for the 2017 Cohort of 50 Women Can Change the World are available through August 31, 2017 at  There are two information sessions being held for potential candidates on Friday 8/18 at 10:00 AM and Monday, 8/21 at 3 PM. The class runs August through December, 2017.

According to the GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report, in 2012, nationally female CEOs made 11 percent less than their male counterparts at nonprofits with budgets of $250,000 or less. Female CEOs at nonprofits with budgets between $25 and $50 million made 23 percent less.  And only 17 percent of nonprofits with budgets of more than $50 million were led by women. 

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.