Gloria Feldt knew when she was five years old and saw her first poem recited publicly that she wanted to be a writer. But her passion for social justice propelled her life's work in a different direction first. Her latest book, "No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think about Power" is the culmination of what she learned on the way. She is a sought after keynote speaker on women, power, and leadership and also conducts workshops to give women the practical "power tools" in "No Excuses" in bite-sized takeaways they can use at work, at home, or in their civic and political life.
Gloria was a teen mom who rose to become president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America where she led the charge to get contraceptives covered by insurance plans and made the organization a political powerhouse.
Her previous books are "Behind Every Choice Is a Story," "The War on Choice," and the New York Times bestseller "Send Yourself Roses" co-authored with actress Kathleen Turner. She founded GloriaFeldt.com and its blogs, Heartfeldt and 9 Ways. She teaches "Women, Power, and Leadership" at Arizona State University.
Vanity Fair named Gloria to its Top 200 Women Legends, Leaders, and Trailblazers, Glamour named her Woman of the Year, and Women's e-News "21 Leaders for the 21st Century." She's proud to have been mentioned more often than Betty Friedan in Kate O'Beirne's anti-feminist tract, "Women Who Make the World Worse," because that must mean she's doing something right. A social media addict, (please) find her on Facebook, Twitter @GloriaFeldt, and LinkedIn. She and her husband, Alex Barbanell, share six children and fourteen grandchildren.