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Marianne Schnall      

Activist, Author & Founder of

Marianne Schnall is a widely published writer and interviewer whose writings and interviews have appeared in a variety of media outlets including O, The Oprah Magazine,, InStyle,,, the Women's Media Center and many others. Marianne is a featured blogger at The Huffington Post and a contributor to the nationally syndicated NPR radio show, 51 Percent: The Women's Perspective. Schnall is the founder and Executive Director of, a leading women's web site and nonprofit organization. For nearly 20 years, has been fostering awareness, education, and activism for people all across the world. She is also the cofounder of, one of the oldest environmental websites promoting earth-friendly living.

Marianne's latest book is "What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?: Conversations About Women, Leadership and Power," featuring interviews with politicians, public officials, thought leaders, writers, artists and activists in an attempt to discover the obstacles that have held women back and what needs to change in order to elect a woman into the White House. With insights and personal anecdotes from Sheryl Sandberg, Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Nancy Pelosi, Nicholas Kristof, Melissa Etheridge, Olympia Snowe and many more, this book addresses timely, provocative issues involving women, politics and power. With a broader goal of encouraging women and girls to be leaders in their lives, their communities, and the larger world, Schnall and her interviewees explore the changing paradigms occurring in politics and in our culture with the hope of moving toward meaningful and effective solutions—and a world where a woman can be president.

Marianne graduated from Cornell University in 1989 with a BA in English, and she is also a graduate of the Women's Media Center's Progressive Women's Voices media and leadership training program. She is the author of "Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness and Finding Your Own Voice." She was also a contributor to Robin Morgan's anthology, "Sisterhood is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium."

Through her writings, interviews and websites, Marianne strives to raise awareness and inspire activism around important issues and causes.


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Women's Leadership: What Will it Take to Make a Woman President? Conversations About Women, Leadership and Power

In this compelling presentation, Marianne Schnall examines the scope of women's leadership today and explores how we can empower more women and girls into leadership positions in all sectors of society. Pulling from material and insight from some of the greatest leaders of our time, along with her own unique experiences, Marianne discusses how women can use their voices and vision to lead through a lens that is singularly her own. Areas of discussion include how her most recent book came to be, insights, takeaways and quotes from her research, and anecdotes about leaders interviewed.

Activism in Your Own Voice

How do we find our own way to make a difference? How can our voices contribute to the world? In this oft-requested talk, Marianne explores the connections between voice, visibility and action, and their power to mobilize social change through writing, activism, and positive disruption. Drawing from the experiences, insights, and advice from well-known activists, thought leaders, and socially conscious celebrities she has interviewed who are inspiring others to reclaim their own voices and to be agents of change, Marianne presents the framework for a larger dialogue about what "change" really means, and how we can achieve it..

Women and Media

Drawing from her experiences as a journalist, writer, interviewer, and mother, Marianne Schnall discusses how the media's objectification, sexualization and stereotyping of women impacts women's and girls' self-perception (and men and boys as well) and shapes our culture. How can we become more aware and utilize our collective power to promote change by becoming critical consumers of media? Customizable for audiences of all ages and backgrounds, Marianne presents a one-of-a-kind viewpoint that just might change the way we view the world around us.


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