The Future of Female Leadership

This week our UnstickHer session will feature a discussion about the future of female leadership. The professional landscape we know today was shaped by a societal norm of men being in the workforce while having significant supports at home, with women managing the household and fulfilling the demands of emotional labor. What we have learned to recognize as traits of leadership stem from these structures, which are rapidly becoming antiquated. We have an opportunity now to examine the characteristics of leadership as we know them, and to be intentional about shaping the characteristics of leadership to come.


As we look forward to a future of women leaders filling the ranks of the highest positions in our corporate and governmental ranks, how are the expected characteristics of leadership evolving? What traits do we as women bring to leadership positions, and how do we as individuals see ourselves constructing the future landscape of leadership?

To help inform this conversation, we are pleased to highlight four Tide Risers in the 2017 NYC cohort during this week's UnstickHer session. Read about them here, and get ready for a deep and searching discussion this week.

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Danielle Kristine Toussaint

Danielle Kristine Toussaint is a storyteller, strategist, and social impact leader. She is the founder of She Thinks Purple, a consultancy that helps mission-driven women and organizations leverage storytelling to create radical change in the world. She has been the writing pen behind op-eds and speeches for Huffington Post,, and TEDx.

Danielle holds a B.A. in Political Science and African American Studies from Yale University and a M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

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Jamie Renwick

Jamie Renwick has worked as a fundraising professional in New York City and London for more than two decades. Through her consulting practice, Jamie Renwick Advisors, Jamie has led fundraising projects for Weill Cornell Medicine, iMentor, Brooklyn Community Foundation, and the Newark Charter School Fund. Prior to this, she served as a Development Consultant for Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in London. Before moving to London, Jamie lead the fundraising efforts for PAVE Academy Charter School's $12 million capital campaign. Previously, she has served as Director of Development at Harlem Children's Zone and Associate Director of Major Gifts at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College during the Hospital's $1 billion campaign and the Medical College's $750 million campaign. 

Jamie holds a BA from Duke University and lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with her husband and three girls. 

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Lenora M. Lapidus

Lenora Lapidus is the Director of the Women’s Rights Project of the National ACLU in New York. She litigates gender discrimination cases in courts throughout the country, engages in public policy advocacy, and speaks on gender equity issues in the media and to the public. Her work focuses on economic justice, educational equity, ending gender-based violence, and women in the criminal justice system. She and her colleagues won a unanimous ruling from the Supreme Court in AMP v. Myriad Genetics (2013), striking down patents on the human BRCA genes, associated with breast and ovarian cancer. She also won a landmark victory from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Jessica Gonzales v. U.S. (2011), resulting in the issuance of historic guidance from DOJ to law enforcement on gender-biased policing. Along with Melissa Goodman of the ACLU of Southern CA, she urged the EEOC to investigate the low number of women hired by studios to be directors for film and television. Ms. Lapidus has received several fellowships and awards, including 21 Leaders for the 21st Century from Women’s eNews and the Wasserstein Fellowship for outstanding public interest lawyers from Harvard Law School. She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and summa cum laude from Cornell University.

Read Lenora's recent blog about the move to halt reporting rules on equal pay here.

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Natalka Burian

Natalka Burian is a novelist and entrepreneur. Her first novel, Welcome to the Slipstream, was published recently by Simon & Schuster. She is the co-owner of two bars, Elsa and Ramona, and City of Daughters, a line of specialty cocktail goods. She received an MA from Columbia University where she studied Eastern European literature with an emphasis on the work of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. Natalka grew up on a farm in Maryland, and now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.