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How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change

by Abrams, Stacey

Leadership is hard. Convincing others - ?and yoursel - ?that you are capable of taking charge and achieving more requires insight and courage. Lead from the Outside is the handbook for outsiders, written with an eye toward the challenges that hinder women, people of color, the working class, members of the LGBTQ community, and millennials ready to make change. Stacey uses her hard-won insights to break down how ambition, fear, money, and failure function in leadership, and she includes practical exercises to help you realize your own ambition and hone your skills. Lead from the Outside discusses candidly what Stacey has learned over the course of her impressive career in politics, business and the nonprofit world: that differences in race, gender, and class provide vital strength, which we can employ to rise to the top and create real and lasting change.

Previously published in 2018 as MINORITY LEADER.

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.

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Our Time Is Now is not a political memoir or a long-form résumé; rather, it is a striking manifesto, a stirring indictment and a straightforward road map to victory...She portrays her constituents and their concerns in such a way that they feel more actual than symbolic, more individual than indicative. When she turns her gaze onto her family, her narrative gifts are in full flower.?Tayari Jones, The New York Times Book Review Stacey Abrams's powerful, deeply moving book shines a bright light on the ongoing attacks on the sacred, constitutional right to the ballot. Stacey provides everyday Americans and political leaders alike with the tools that are urgently needed to confront and defeat the forces that seek to deny Americans their voice in our democracy. The right to vote is the foundation of our freedom and a key pillar of our democracy, and we must all fight to ensure that all Americans have a say in their nation's future. ?Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives The tensions between patience and urgency, between fear and resolve, between the promise of someday and the demands of right now, are at the heart of Our Time Is Now. Abrams covers plenty of territory?identity politics, voting rights, and the frustrations and revelations of her gubernatorial race but above all, she writes about the grinding work required to make real the compact of democratic participation. ?The Washington Post "Stacey Abrams's Our Time Is Now outlines a dynamic blueprint for how each of us can reshape the future of our democracy. Her ability to rise above her own political struggles and transform her learned experience into a saving grace for marginalized communities is breathtaking. With each page, she inspires and empowers us to create systems that reflect a world in which all voices are heard and all people believe and feel that they matter." ?Kerry Washington A detailed exposé of how our democracy has been eroded?and a plan to fix it?from an up-and-coming national leader. If you are feeling hopeless about politics, this well-informed blueprint for change may begin to restore your faith. ?Kirkus Reviews, *starred review* No one understands the dangers or realities of voter suppression quite like Abrams. Her expertise and passion for the rights of underrepresented people should be igniting to anyone who cares about democracy. Sign me up for the future that Stacey Abrams envisions. ?Hasan Minaj, host of "The Patriot Act" [Abrams'] practical approach is inspiring, even comforting, in the current moment. ?People From climate change to income inequality, voter suppression is threatening to undermine the most important issues facing our country today. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to see our democracy reflect the will of all people, and not just the will of America's most privileged." ?Issa Rae, writer and producer For a nation in the throes of a pandemic and wracked by four years of polarized politics, this is an important and timely book. ?Booklist, *starred review* Stacey Abrams is not only a passionate advocate of democracy, but also an inspiring example of how to practice it. In Our Time Is Now, she exposes systematic voter suppression efforts across America, and tells us what we need to do to fight back. This book is an essential toolkit for citizens of all backgrounds who believe, as I do, that democracy is not a spectator sport. ?Madeleine K. Albright, former United States Secretary of State [An] impassioned and carefully researched account ...Blending personal history, statistical analysis, and detailed policy proposals, Abrams presents a persuasive, if wonkish, argument that any progressive legislative agenda must begin with voting reform. Liberals will be inspired. ?Publishers Weekly Stacey Abrams's new book isn't a traditional political memoir ..[it's] an in-depth history of voting rights in this country and an analysis of what the future may hold if lawmakers fix voter suppression nationwide?or if they do not.?Fortune

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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.?Booklist

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LEAD FROM THE OUTSIDE on #13 of the New York Times Bestseller list for 3 conscurtive weeks, before that on #10 for two weeks. (12/2020)

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In a time when too many folks are focused simply on how to win an election, Stacey?s somebody who cares about something more important: why we should. That?s the kind of politics we should practice. That?s why I?m proud to give Stacey Abrams my support. -- President Barack Obama [Stacey Abrams will] serve the underserved of the state of Georgia. --Oprah 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 [Abrams] is a phenomenal candidate and person and she can make history by becoming the first ever Black Woman elected Governor in America. --Common Stacey Abrams is a bold leader who . . . understands hard work and is committed to finding solutions for the families who come home after a long day of work struggling to get by. --Vice President [and currently President elect] Joe Biden Stacey Abrams' experience, vision, and proven track record of building consensus across party lines are beyond compare. --President Jimmy Carter Stacey Abrams is [a] leader with integrity and a commitment to fairness for all. --Dan Cantor, National Chair of the Working Families Party Stacey. . . .sees racial justice, economic justice, climate justice, and social justice as complementary--not contradictory. . . .her vision is the type of future we should be envisioning nationwide. --Ilya Sheyman, Executive Director of Political Action Stacey has proven herself to be an absolute tour-de-force in a state that has never before elected a woman or person of color as governor. . . .Stacey Abrams has always been a trailblazer. --Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY's List 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

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Here, [Stacey Abrams] 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

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Abrams's own grit, coupled with her descriptions of much stumbling and self-doubt, will...touch you in a way few books by politicians can. -- ?The New York Times

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