Gift of Courage

  Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe

Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe


I was extremely fortunate to be raised in a family where I was told every single day that I could be anything I wanted to if I put my mind to it, worked hard, had courage and believed in myself. This constant encouragement provided me the foundation to go out into the world and realize my dreams as well as giving me the confidence and bravery to always speak up and stand up for myself. I truly believe that this kind of encouragement, combined with important lessons about the power of community and helping others when they need a hand, are the best gifts we can give our children.

This is why I created the Gift of Courage Fund, whose primary focus is to help girls and young women recognize their full potential and the bright future that awaits them, as well as helping women realize a safe and nurturing place in the workforce. Please join the “Be Fierce” movement and donate to the organizations helped by the Gift of Courage fund here.




The Gretchen Carlson Leadership Initiative (GCLI) is a yearlong national program in partnership with the All In Together Campaign that brings civic leadership and advocacy training to thousands of underserved women across the country with a focus on empowering women who have experienced gender-based violence, discrimination or harassment.

GCLI includes political advocacy workshops, non-partisan political discussion groups, and sessions that educate participants on relevant government policies.

The inaugural GCLI multi-day event took place in the Dallas, Texas in November, 2017.

GCLI sessions will aim to inspire, educate, and equip women – many of whom are survivors of gender based violence and workplace harassment – to use their voices most effectively civically and politically and identify and advocate on the issues most important to them. For more information: