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Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change by [Stacey Abrams]

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"Abrams's own grit, coupled with her descriptions of much stumbling and self-doubt, will make Minority Leader touch you in a way few books by politicians can. In fact, the last one to manage it--biracial, the child of divorce, raised with little money by a single mother--became our 44th president." The New York Times Book Review

"Stacey Abrams writes about her personal cocktail of grit and gumption, the one that could make her America's first black female governor if she wins her Georgia primary and election."
Glamour

"Although there are many books on networking and achieving political and entrepreneurial success, Abrams' is geared toward helping those who are on the fringes, especially African American women, find pathways to success and power....this is an excellent guide that addresses setbacks and pitfalls and identifies strategies to overcome them."
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“Stacey Abrams has everything you want in a candidate: a good legal mind, experience in governance, and a deep knowledge of poverty and hard work. If you read
Minority Leader, you will discover she also has the superpowers of inspiring trust and knowing how to organize. You will have her as a friend, and you will want her as a governor.” ―Gloria Steinem

Minority Leader is a special book with a special mission: to push ALL people to know that their greatness and worthiness is a birthright. Stacey’s story is not just uplifting, but instructional as well. I am part of a long line of people who have admired Stacey for a long time. Read this book, and you will understand why.”
―Wes Moore, bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore and The Work, CEO, Robin Hood

“Stacey Abrams displays competence, confidence, and compassion in her assessment of the attributes and actions needed to deliver impact in today’s complicated world. Her commentary is as real as her commitment is remarkable.
Minority Leader is both a motivational and a mechanical manual, offering an intense focus on opportunities and an unyielding path to mitigate obstacles. I enthusiastically commend this book as a resource for those who want to grow personally and professionally, as well as for those who seek to help guide that same growth.”
―Lisa M. Borders, WNBA President

"House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly who’s now running for Georgia governor, Abrams won national acclaim for helping register voters of color in her state and getting business to recruit, train, and hire young people of color. Here, she shows readers from any marginalized population how to become their own advocates, proactively using their otherness while recognizing their fears. Not just local appeal; there are audiences out there that could really, really benefit from this book."
Library Journal

"Stacey understands what it is like to try and balance the everyday obligations of work and family, and
Minority Leader offers a practical guide to pursuing meaningful work while acknowledging the myths of 'juggling it all.' All kinds of people face these challenges, but it can be more acute for women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and others with 'outsider' status. This book is for anyone who has faced challenges while pursuing their passion, and helps people who are left out of traditional ladders to success build one for themselves." ―Sherilyn Wright, Assistant to the International President, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

PRAISE FOR STACEY ABRAMS
“Stacey Abrams is a deeply compassionate and thoughtful leader who is always committed to fighting for justice for the Georgians she serves...Throughout her career, I have watched her work tirelessly to build coalitions to protect the poor and middle class, fight voter suppression, and register hundreds of thousands of people to vote. Stacey Abrams is the only leader in the race who has the experience and an ambitious vision to uplift all families in our state. Georgia must seize the opportunity to be a model for our nation by electing this transformative leader, who strives to empower the people she will serve.”
―Congressman John Lewis

“Leaders like Stacey are the ones saying yes. America is changing, but there is no reason to fear the future.”
―Jason Kander, former Missouri Secretary of State and President of Let America Vote

“She knows firsthand how opportunity is too often tied to a person’s race, gender and zip code.”
―Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon

“She has a real mixture both of ideas, of really good guts, and of the ability to raise the funds necessary to execute the ideas…She’s really been able to harness her brains and her heart and her past experience in a way that gives people hope in Georgia,”
―Jennifer Granholm, former Governor of Michigan

“In so many ways, the system wasn’t designed to be led by someone who looks like her,”
―Jessica Byrd, Three Point Strategies

“Struggle is struggle. There is no rural or urban way to be poor―poor is poor. The key is to make sure everybody, no matter where they hail from, feels welcome. Leader Abrams will do that.”
―Nina Turner, former Ohio State Senator

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Stacey Abrams is an author, serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO and political leader. After eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Minority Leader, Abrams became the 2018 Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, where she won more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. She has founded multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at both the state and national levels; and she is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Abrams is the 2012 recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award and the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0763SXC4V
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Henry Holt and Co. (April 24, 2018)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 24, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5258 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 238 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Stacey Abrams is a New York Times bestselling author, serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO and political leader. After serving for eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Democratic Leader. In 2018, Abrams became the Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, winning more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. Abrams was the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States, and she was the first black woman and first Georgian to deliver a Response to the State of the Union.

In the wake of the 2018 election, Abrams launched Fair Fight Action and Fair Fight 2020 to defend voting rights. She also launched Fair Count to ensure accuracy in the 2020 Census and greater participation in civic engagement, and the Southern Economic Advancement Project, a public policy initiative to broaden economic power and build equity in the South. She previously founded the New Georgia Project, which has helped register hundreds of thousands of Georgians.

Abrams is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where she serves on the Subcommittee on Diversity. She has been a featured speaker at the Aspen Ministers Forum, the Kerry Initiative-Yale Jackson Institute of Global Affairs, the National Security Action Forum and the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a contributor to Foreign Affairs Magazine.

She is a recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award and a current member of the Board of Directors for the Center for American Progress and Priorities USA. Abrams has also written eight romantic suspense novels under the pen name Selena Montgomery, in addition to Lead from the Outside, formerly Minority Leader, a guidebook on making real change in the civic sector, politics or the private sector.

Abrams is an avid fan of television and movies, with a penchant for sci-fi, car chases and heists. A bibliophile, her recent favorites range from Colson Whitehead, Robert Caro and Nora Roberts to N.K. Jemison, Rebecca Roanhorse and Haruki Marukami.

Abrams received degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas and Yale Law School. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, she and her five siblings grew up Mississippi and Georgia.

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This is a short read, page-wise, but it is so thick with great, and extremely relevant content, it's not a fast read. I found that I kept highlighting and highlighting all the insights.

Yes, Abrams is a politically ambitious Black woman. The horror! "Minority fears have distinct branches that get tangled up: stereotypes intermingle with authenticity and achievement. Will I get a shot because of who I am? If I fail, do I bring down everyone who looks like me? If I’m too successful, will my people celebrate me or shun me? How do I integrate into the world where I am an outsider, yet not move too far away from the places that make me who I am?"

She states the problems, clearly, but also gives the answers. "I confronted the expected stereotypes by knowing what they were and building an alternate narrative about myself."

The insights she presents apply to Black women, but also, to women of every color, to men of color, to non-binary and to LGBTQ people. To all those who are outsiders, in some way, whether in politics or other careers.

"We are, by our natures, often required to manufacture our own breaks, identify new openings even before others know they exist. The best hack is to know this is the case, accept it, and move on, prepared to take full advantage. And then do it all over again."

Although she ended up prevented from claiming the Georgia Governorship, the very act of her running for it made a difference. "...one of the aspects of holding power is understanding the long game—that battles add up over time and create space for others to feel emboldened to act."

If you are NOT a cisgender, straight, white, middle class+ man, you will get a lot out of this book. You might get a lot out of it even if you are.
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