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Everton Blair: Being a First to Serve

In a historic 2018 win, Everton Blair became the first person of color, the first openly LGBTQ+ candidate, and youngest-ever individual to serve on the Gwinnett County Board of Education. For Blair, his job on the school board is personal, considering that he grew up in the very district he now serves. From the classroom to the Obama White House, Everton uses all of his experiences to ensure that every student in Gwinnett County is able to get the best education possible, no matter where they live.

Words of Wisdom: I have learned to not always lead with the policy. I've been leading more with the values, beliefs, and rationale – because policy language is boring. It is easy to misinterpret or to construct fear or worry around in a way that takes away from the ultimate goal of the policy. (paraphrased)

Recommended Resource: The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World by Ronald A. Heifetz, Marty Linsky, and Alexander Grashow

Featured Article: "Everton Blair comes out as first openly gay member of Gwinnett County Board of Education" by Gwinnett Daily Post


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