PHOENIX, April 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Take The Lead Arizona, founded by Gloria Feldt, national expert on women's leadership, announces an intensive leadership training program for women in Maricopa County working in the nonprofit sector. The program, 50 Women Can Change the World, includes five, in-person training sessions, a robust online learning program, and executive coaching. Participants will be 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.
Applications for 50 Women Can Change the World are available April 15 through June 3, 2016 at www.taketheleadwomen.com. The first class runs August through December, 2016.
"Two years ago, 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."
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.
"Women are the backbone of the nonprofit world, but they've not been able to crack the code and take their rightful place in leading these organizations," said Dana Campbell Saylor, former CEO of the Arizona YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix and co-chair, with Mara Babin, of Take The Lead Arizona Leadership Council. "I'm thrilled to be part of a new program which helps women unlock their leadership potential. The nonprofit sector is incredibly important to our state."
A new, comprehensive study, "Arizona Nonprofits: Economic Power, Positive Impact," reveals that the nonprofit sector generates more than $22.4 billion to the state's economy. It is 8 percent of the state's Gross State Product and ranks as the 5th largest non-governmental employer. Moreover, 72 percent of nonprofit revenue is earned in fees and services, not in philanthropic contributions.
Research for this study was conducted by ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation, the William Seidman Research Institute of ASU W.P. Carey School of Business, Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, and the Phoenix Philanthropy group, with funding by the Arizona Community Foundation, Maricopa County IDA and APS.
50 Women Can Change the World is supported by American Express Foundation, SRP, APS, Freeport McMoRan, Copperpoint Mutual Insurance Company, Frontdoors, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and Dr. Mitchell and Kerry Giangobbe, Veincare of Arizona. 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.
For program information, contact Alison Rapping, Take The Lead Arizona Director 602.525.8682 or AlisonRapping@taketheleadwomen.com.
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SOURCE Take The Lead Arizona