If You Can Conceive It, And Believe It, You Can Achieve It.

Andrea Jenkins

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"If you can conceive it, and believe it, you can achieve it. But there must be a plan. We have to set goals. Review them constantly. Shift directions when necessary. But, always stay focused."

We are kicking off Black History Month and LGBT+ History Month with a leadership quote from Andrea Jenkinsthe first openly transgender Black woman elected to public office in the U.S.!

Jenkins took office on the Minneapolis City Council in January 2018 after winning 73% of the vote. On her first day, she was elected Vice President of City Council, and soon afterwards helped establish the Race Equity Community Advisory Committee.

She is also an award-winning poet, writer, performer, and curator for the University of Minnesota's Transgender Oral History Project.

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More Leadership Quotes for Black History Month and LGBT History Month: 

🚀 Dr Mae Jeminson: "Never limit yourself because of others' limited imagination."

💡 Shirley Chisholm: "You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas."

💻 Alan Turing: "Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine."

🖋️ Audre Lorde: "Your silence will not protect you."

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