Stacey Abrams

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  • Political Leader, Non-Profit CEO & Serial Entrepreneur
  • First Black Woman to be a Gubernatorial Nominee of a Major Party in the U.S.
  • Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives (2011-2017)
  • NYT Bestselling Author of Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change

Political leader, nonprofit CEO, author, and serial entrepreneur Stacey Abrams made history and captured the nation's attention as the first Black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in any state, going on to win more votes than any other Democrat in Georgia's history. After eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Minority Leader, Abrams became the 2018 Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia in what was one of the most-watched and closest elections of the year. After witnessing the election’s mismanagement by the Secretary of State’s office, Abrams launched Fair Fight to ensure free and fair elections. 

Sought-out to speak everywhere from TED, where her talk has racked up over a million views and counting, to college campuses, to the Commonwealth Club, Abrams is a powerful and passionate speaker heralded for her candid insights on politics, leadership, entrepreneurship, social justice, and being a true force for change. As TIME wrote of her, "People tend to remember the first time they heard Stacey Abrams speak, and it’s easy to see why." Abrams'  New York Times bestselling book Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change, is a personal and empowering blueprint for outsiders who seek to become the ones in charge. From her experiences launching a company, to starting a day care center for homeless teen moms, to running a successful political campaign, Abrams illuminates that finding what you want to fight for is as critical as knowing how to turn thought into action.

Dedicated to civic engagement, Abrams 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. A recipient of Harvard's Institute of Politic's John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, Abrams has also been named a "Public Official of the Year" by Governing Magazine. 

 

 

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People tend to remember the first time they heard Stacey Abrams speak, and it’s easy to see why... She is as likely to geek out about tax policy or Star Trek as she is to summon the spirit of justice. Yet when she speaks, all kinds of people–from black folks in rural communities to yuppie “resistance” moms around Atlanta to [a] crowd of rough-handed electrical workers–go quiet and listen. In a Democratic Party divided and desperate for fresh faces, Abrams is already becoming a national star.

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  • Fortune's Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit
  • American Constitution Society
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<p>Stacey Abrams book is a New York Times bestseller </p>

Stacey Abrams book is a New York Times bestseller 

Political trailblazer STACEY ABRAMS' book Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change, is a New York Times bestseller that serves as a powerful guide on how to harness the strengths of being an outsider and use them for success. The definitive handbook for outsiders, Abrams' work breaks down how ambition, fear, money, and failure function in leadership, and includes practical exercises to help you realize your own ambition and hone your skills. Abrams shares the empowering insights from her book-- and her tremendous breadth of experience-- with audiences nationwide, and has recently been sought-out to speak everywhere from TED (where her talk has racked up over 2.5 million views) to SXSW. Abrams made history and captured the nation's attention as the 2018 Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, going on to win more votes than any other Democrat in Georgia's history. After witnessing the election’s mismanagement, Abrams launched Fair Fight to ensure free and fair elections in the future, and emerged a national political star. The recent subject of countless profiles including in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Politico, Abrams is a gifted speaker who offers powerful insights on politics, leadership, social justice, entrepreneurship, and being a true force for change. As TIME wrote of her, "People tend to remember the first time they heard Stacey Abrams speak, and it’s easy to see why." 

<p>Stacey Abrams sought-out for SXSW</p>

Stacey Abrams sought-out for SXSW

Political leader, nonprofit CEO, author, and serial entrepreneur, STACEY ABRAMS led a powerful session entitled "Lead from the Outside: How to Make Real Change" at SXSW, making headlines on CNN, NBC, Politico and more. Offering empowering lessons on leadership and today's political landscape, Abrams' remarks drew tweets of praise such as: "...#StaceyAbrams is a true Southerner. The person who always does her homework. A walking talking genius." A political trailblazer, Abrams made history and captured the nation's attention as the first Black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in any state. After eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Minority Leader, Abrams became the 2018 Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, and went on to win more votes than any other Democrat in Georgia's history. After witnessing the election’s mismanagement, Abrams launched Fair Fight to ensure free and fair elections in the future, and emerged a national political star. Recently sought-out to speak at TED, where her talk has racked up over 1.7 million views and counting, and the subject of a New York Magazine cover profile, Abrams is a powerful and passionate speaker heralded for her candid insights on politics, leadership, social justice, entrepreneurship, and being a true force for change. As MSNBC host Chris Hayes says: “If you want to get to the heart of the most fundamental question facing the Democratic Party right now — what is the future of the coalition — look no further than Stacey Abrams.” Abrams' book Minority Leader: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change, is a personal and empowering blueprint for outsiders who seek to become the ones in charge.

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<p>New Speaker Spotlight: Stacey Abrams </p>

New Speaker Spotlight: Stacey Abrams 

Political leader, nonprofit CEO, author, and serial entrepreneur STACEY ABRAMS made history and captured the nation's attention as the first Black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in any state, going on to win more votes than any other Democrat in Georgia's history. After eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Minority Leader, Abrams became the 2018 Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia. The race was one of the most-watched and closest elections of the year, and from it Abrams emerged a national political star. After witnessing the election’s mismanagement, Abrams launched Fair Fight to ensure free and fair elections. Sought-out to speak everywhere from TED, where her talk has racked up over 1.4 million views and counting, to college campuses, to the Commonwealth Club, Abrams is a powerful and passionate speaker heralded for her candid insights on politics, leadership, social justice, entrepreneurship, and being a true force for change. As TIME wrote of her, "People tend to remember the first time they heard Stacey Abrams speak, and it’s easy to see why." Abrams' book Minority Leader: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change, is a personal and empowering blueprint for outsiders who seek to become the ones in charge. Since her book's release she's been sought-out for compelling, in-depth interviews on Late Night with Seth MeyersThe Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. She was also selected by Democrats to deliver the response to the President's 2019 State of the Union Address, an honor which made headlines in virtually every major outlet. 

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Stacey Abrams is an author, serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO and political leader. After serving for eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Minority Leader, in 2018, Abrams became the Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, when she won 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. 

After witnessing the gross mismanagement of the 2018 election by the Secretary of State’s office, Abrams launched Fair Fight to ensure every Georgian has a voice in our election system. Over the course of her career, Abrams 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. She is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the 2012 recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, and a current member of the Board of Directors for the Center for American Progress. Abrams has also written eight romantic suspense novels under the pen name Salena Montgomery, in addition to Lead from the Outside, a guidebook on making real change.

Abrams received degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Yale Law School. She and her five siblings grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi and were raised in Georgia.