A leadership program offered women a way to connect mid-pandemic. Several left over diversity issues. – Poynter

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In mid-June, Take The Lead Women launched its second annual “50 Women Can Change the World in Journalism” program. Founded in 2014 by Gloria Feldt and Amy Litzenberger, the mission of Take The Lead is to help reach leadership gender parity by 2025.
The organization’s cohort of 55 women journalists would meet virtually over the course of two and a half months, according to a June 19 summary on Take The Lead’s website. There would be lessons on strategic leadership action plans, negotiation skills and interactions with guest speakers. Take the Lead has taught cohorts in other industries, but last year was the first time it organized one for journalists.
“In journalism, who tells the story, and how that story is told and through what lens, is everything,” said Gloria Feldt, co-founder and president of Take The Lead and the creator of 50 Women Can Change the World, a program meant to empower women into pursuing greater leadership roles. “The opportunity to help more women move into those roles where they get to decide what is the story that is told, and through what lens, is one of the primary reasons for wanting to do journalism as a cohort.”
With funding from the Ford …

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