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Stacey Abrams

2021 Speaker

STACEY ABRAMS is a political leader, voting rights activist, entrepreneur and three-time New York Times best-selling author of While Justice Sleeps, Our Time is Now, and Lead from the Outside. She 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, at the time, 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. Abrams launched Fair Fight to ensure free and fair elections. The impact of Fair Fight led to Abrams being named to the Forbes list of “World’s Most Powerful Women In 2020.” Her book Our Time is Now is a blueprint to end voter suppression and chronicles a chilling account of how the right to vote and the principles of democracy have been and continue to be under attack. 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 is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and sits on the boards of Climate Power, the Women’s National Basketball Players Association, the Center for American Progress, and the Marguerite Casey Foundation. She has received degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Yale Law School. @staceyabrams