Date(s) - 04/27/19
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Chicago Humanities Festival
After eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, Stacey Abrams was the first black woman to win the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States. As the 2018 Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, she went on to win more votes than any Democrat in the state’s history (startling only those who had never met her). In Lead from the Outside, Abrams offers not only a memoir of her own rise to leadership, but a “handbook for outsiders”—a how-to guide for women, people of color, people from the LGBTQ community, and other “Other” future leaders. In chapters including “Dare to Want More,” and “Making What You Have Work,” Abrams argues that our differences, which may at times be turned against us, can also be used to build our strength, refine our ambitions, and make us better able to see and create necessary change.
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.