11.7.19

New York, New York

11.7.19 New York, NY

2019 Groundbreakers Spotlight Speaker

Stacey Abrams

I’m a
Groundbreaker

Stacey Abrams

Political Leader, Non-Profit CEO & Serial Entrepreneur

2019 Groundbreakers “Spotlight”
Be Brave. Be Bold. Be Different.

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By every measure, Stacey Abrams is paving a new path for herself and others—she is a groundbreaker. Activist, entrepreneur and author, she’s living proof that wins are key but it’s how you respond to setbacks that ultimately defines your character. Join Stacey—and our full line-up of inspiring and educational speakers—at the 9th annual Toigo Groundbreakers | Women in Leadership event.

We’re thrilled Stacey Abrams will join us as our 2019 Groundbreakers “Spotlight” speaker. The Toigo Groundbreakers team is currently curating the full 2019 line-up. Look for updates here this spring and via email. Prior Groundbreakers speakers are below; 2019 will bring the same mix of inspiration and leadership skill-building Groundbreakers is known for.

Past Groundbreakers Speakers


Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams

2019 Groundbreakers “Spotlight”
Be Brave. Be Bold. Be Different.

• 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)
• Author of Minority Leader: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change

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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’ 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. 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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