Marianne Schnall


Marianne Schnall is a widely published journalist and interviewer whose work has appeared in a variety of media outlets and platforms including Forbes,, Refinery29, Huffington Post,, O, The Oprah Magazine AOL Build, Marie Claire, Glamour, Women's Media Center, and many others. Marianne’s notable interviews include prominent thought leaders in a various of industries including Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Melinda Gates, President Jimmy Carter, Jane Goodall, Wangari Maathai, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gloria Steinem, Sheryl Sandberg, Arianna Huffington, Anita Hill, Jane Fonda, Stacey Abrams, Amy Poehler and hundreds of others. She is the founder of, a leading women’s website and nonprofit organization. Since 1995, has been fostering awareness, education, and activism for people all across the world. Marianne is also the founder of What Will It Take Movements (, a media, collaboration, learning, and social engagement platform that inspires, connects, educates and engages women everywhere to advance in all levels of leadership and take action. She currently serves as Senior Media and Communications Consultant to the Global Center for Gender Equality at Stanford. Marianne is a recipient of UN Women’s Champions of Change award and was ranked as one of the top global “Real Leaders 100” by Real Leaders Magazine. She has appeared on CNN, BBC News, and NPR and as a contributor for WAMC’s nationally syndicated show “51%” She is the host of the new podcast and video interview series “ ShiftMakers" produced by The Shift Network. Marianne graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in English and is also a graduate of the Women’s Media Center’s Progressive Women’s Voices media and leadership training. She is the author of What Will It Take to Make a Woman President? Conversations About Women, Leadership & Power(recommended by Beyoncé) which features interviews with politicians, public officials, thought leaders, writers, artists, and activists including Sheryl Sandberg, Nancy Pelosi, Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Nicholas Kristof, Melissa Etheridge, Olympia Snowe and many more. Her new books published by Simon & Schuster, include Leading the Way: Inspiring Words for Women on How to Live and Lead with Courage, Confidence, and Authenticity, and Dare to Be You: Inspirational Advice for Girls on Finding Your Voice, Leading Fearlessly, and Making a Difference. Through her writings, interviews and websites, Marianne strives to raise awareness and inspire activism around important issues and causes. More information can be found at her website: or @marianneschnall.

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12 Lessons in Strength and Resilience from Remarkable Women

In the wake of the pandemic and growing social unrest, we are facing unprecedented challenges and uncertainty. It is a time that requires us to draw from our deepest reserves of strength and resilience, not…

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Now’s Our Chance: After A Tumultuous 2020, Women Leaders Share 8 Ways To Rebuild A Better World

It has been an unrelenting and rough year. We have faced a global pandemic that has sickened millions and caused over 300,000 American deaths, a national reckoning over systemic racism and racialized police violence, destructive…

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Will The Pandemic Spur Progress At Home And At Work?

As men and women experience different impacts of the pandemic in the workplace and at home, now is our chance to take action toward long-term gender and racial equity Among the many concerning societal, economic and…

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‘We Should Be Very Alarmed’: Interview With Sheryl Sandberg On The Shocking New Stats About Women Leaving The Workforce Due To COVID-19

A new study confirms what many of us have been suspecting, but now we have the concerning stats to prove it: one in four women are now considering leaving the workforce or downshifting their careers…

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Interview With Arianna Huffington On New Work-Life Strategies That Boost Resilience And Prioritize Well-Being During COVID And Beyond

Among the many dramatic and concerning ways the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed our society and systems, impacted our health and uprooted our lives, it has spawned a complicated set of unprecedented challenges for working parents…

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‘These Extraordinary Times Call For Extraordinary Giving’: 12 Leaders In Women’s Philanthropy Speak Out

Over the past several years, we have seen women rising up in all kinds of powerful ways. In addition to the unprecedented surge of women running for office and organizing grassroots movements, women have also…

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Ten Prominent Women Spotlight The Need For Women’s Leadership During The Pandemic And Beyond

A few weeks ago an evocative meme was making the social media rounds: a picture of the leaders of Germany, New Zealand, Belgium, Finland, Iceland and Denmark with the caption “COVID-19 is everywhere but countries with heads…