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May 8, 2019

Leadership is hard. Convincing others—and often yourself—that you possess the answers and are capable of world-affecting change requires confidence, insight, and sheer bravado. Political leader Stacey Abrams took the stage to share her awareness of the experiences and challenges that hinder anyone who exists beyond the structure of traditional white male power—women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and millennials ready to make a difference. Abrams presented insight from her book Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change, asserting that knowing your own passion is the key to success, regardless of the scale or target.

Abrams used her experience and hard-won insights to break down how ambition, money, fear, and failure function in leadership, while offering personal stories that illuminate practical strategies. Join Abrams for a conversation that shares what she has learned collected over the course of her impressive career: that being in the minority actually provides unique and vital strength, and differences in race, gender, and class are surmountable.

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. 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.

Recorded live at Temple De Hirsch Sinai by Town Hall Seattle on April 25, 2019. 

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