For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics

Minyon Moore

12.18.2018

Minyon Moore

Minyon is considered one of the nation’s top strategic thinkers with extensive experience in political and corporate affairs, as well as public policy. She leads DSG’s State and Local Affairs and Multicultural Strategies practices with clients ranging from the Fortune 100 to startup non-profits seeking counsel for developing strategies that address emerging consumer markets and achieve public policy goals. She specializes in building coalitions and brand awareness strategies for corporations while at the same time effectively addressing their state and local public policy issues.

Under President Bill Clinton’s administration, Minyon served as Assistant to the President and Director of White House Political Affairs, in this capacity, she served as the principal political adviser to the President, Vice President, First Lady and senior White House staff, with primary responsibility for planning outreach and directing the political activities of the White House. She also developed and coordinated legislative strategy, Administration policy, and communications planning with senior White House staff. As CEO of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Minyon was responsible for day-to-day operations and oversight of the Democratic Party.

Minyon serves as a member of the board of directors for Writers Guild Foundation, the School of Global Journalism and Communications at Morgan State University, and the National Council of Negro Women. Named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington by Washingtonian Magazine, a Most Influential Leader by Rainbow PUSH; Minyon has been honored with numerous awards including the Uncommon Height Award for excellence in service to others.

Minyon is a native of Chicago, Illinois and currently resides in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and Boston University. A noted speaker and filmmaker, Minyon has served as a guest lecturer at Yale University and the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

Leah Daughtry

Leah D. Daughtry is an expert in strategic and event planning, project management, and community engagement. As president and CEO of a boutique strategic planning firm, On These Things, LLC, she’s built a formidable reputation for transforming businesses and organizations into well run entities primed for global impact.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Leah’s parents, Reverend Doctors Herbert and Karen Daughtry, raised her in a home where activism was the norm and leadership was a way of life. The eldest of four siblings, she learned at an early age how to master the time management and organizational skills required to keep a busy household running smoothly.

After completing her bachelor’s degree in Government at Dartmouth College, Leah started her political career on Capitol Hill, followed by a position within the Democratic National Committee (“DNC”). While at the DNC, she met and was mentored by then-DNC Chief of Staff, Alexis Herman. Leah thrived under Herman’s leadership and would later join her at the Labor Department when she became the U.S. Secretary of Labor.

A multi-faceted leader with a gift for solving highly complex problems with remarkable speed and precision, Leah has a proven capacity to manage multi-billion dollar budgets, and develop internal and external communication strategies. These abilities make her an in-demand consultant with invaluable expertise to organizations seeking exponential growth.

In both 2008 and 2016, Leah served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National Convention Committee, making her the first person in Democratic Party history to hold the position twice. Her success in this role was a direct outcome of her brilliance as a strategist, in combination with her natural ability to develop, lead, and inspire teams.

Religion News Service named Leah as one of the 12 most influential Democrats in the nation on faith and values politics, based on her work with Faith In Action, the Democratic party’s outreach program to communities of faith. She has also served as Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, where she focused on the role faith and values play in American politics, and sits on the Executive Committee of the National Council of Negro Women.

A consummate servant-leader, Leah describes her ability to create calm out of chaos as a God-given gift; and everything she has accomplished is a reflection of that gifting. A graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary, she became an ordained minister in 2002 and currently serves as pastor of The House of the Lord Church in Washington, DC.

From pulpits to public forums to political platforms, in her own way, Leah Daughtry is an alchemist. An electrifying speaker full of power and charisma, she travels the world transforming corporate teams, congregations, and communities for the better. Beyond her amazing career, she’s also a loving aunt, dedicated mentor, and avid shoe lover.

Yolanda Caraway

Often sought to coordinate major undertakings for the Democratic National Committee, as well as private organizations, Yolanda's list of professional achievements showcases nearly 25 years of organizational ability and management expertise. She is often the senior level executive called upon to coordinate many diverse party efforts. Some of her accomplishments include serving as deputy assistant political director for the Mondale/Ferraro '84 General Election; director of the DNC's Fairness Commission (1985); chief of staff of the National Rainbow Coalition, the 1988 Jesse Jackson for President Campaign and deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee under Chairman Paul G. Kirk.

Since founding The Caraway Group in 1987, she has led her team in the counseling of a number of well-known Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and high-profile individuals in every aspect of communications strategy. She is a nationally recognized public relations and public affairs strategist who is known for policy-making, political management and public relations work in government and the nonprofit and private sectors.

She has worked with major U.S. companies such as Microsoft Corp., MGM MIRAGE, Bristol Myers Squibb, MCI, Mitsubishi and Texaco. She has also counseled government and nonprofit agencies such as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, the Center for American Progress, the NATO 50th Anniversary Summit, and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Foundation Project.

Yolanda played a pivotal role in the historic election of the late Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown to chair the Democratic National Committee in 1989. Because of her political expertise and institutional knowledge of the DNC, Chairman Brown selected her to serve as his senior advisor at party headquarters. She assumed many responsibilities during her tenure, chief among them was management of the site selection process for the 1992 Democratic National Convention.

In 1990, Yolanda served as the national coordinator for the first Mayor's Urban Summit. Hosted by then-mayor David N. Dinkins of New York City, the summit was deemed a resounding success and has served as a model for subsequent mayoral summits. In November of 1992, after one of the most successful democratic conventions in history and the successful election of President Bill Clinton, then-Chairman Ron Brown once again called upon Yolanda to serve as his deputy for the President Inaugural Committee.

In 1998, Yolanda was appointed vice chair of the 2000 Site Advisory Committee and later served as executive producer of Democracy Live! 2000, a series of live, talk-show type broadcasts designed to reach cable and Internet audiences during the 2000 Democratic National Convention.

Yolanda has served as an elected member-at-large of the DNC since 1988, and is a member of the DNC's Standing Committee on Rules and is currently on the Standing Committee on Resolutions. And in 2009, Yolanda was appointed to the Council on American Politics, a group of nationally renowned political leaders addressing current affairs and working toward the growth and enrichment of The George Washington University School of Political Management.

Donna Brazile

Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee, and former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee as well as the former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute.

Aside from working for the full recovery of her beloved New Orleans, Ms. Brazile’s passion is encouraging young people to vote, to work within the system to strengthen it, and to run for public office. Since 2000, Ms. Brazile has lectured at over 125 colleges and universities across the country on such topics as “Inspiring Civility in American Politics,” Race Relations in the Age of Obama, Why Diversity Matters, Women in American Politics: Are We There Yet.

She first got involved at the age of nine when she worked to elect a City Council candidate who had promised to build a playground in her neighborhood; the candidate won, the swing set was installed, and a lifelong passion for political progress was ignited. Ms. Brazile worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she became the first African-American to manage a presidential campaign.


Author of the best-selling memoir Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, Ms. Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, a syndicated newspaper columnist for Universal Uclick, a columnist for Ms. Magazine, and O, the Oprah Magazine, an on-air contributor to CNN, and ABC, where she regularly appears on ABC’s This Week. Her secret passion is acting; she has recently made two cameo appearances on CBS’s The Good Wife. Ask her and she’ll tell you that acting, after all, is the key to success in politics.

In August 2009, O, The Oprah Magazine chose Ms. Brazile as one of its 20 “remarkable visionaries” for the magazine’s first-ever O Power List. In addition, she was named among the 100 Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian magazine, Top 50 Women in America by Essence magazine, and received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s highest award for political achievement.

She is currently on the board of the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Last, but never least, she is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. In the aftermath of the two catastrophic hurricanes that made landfall in the Gulf region, Brazile was appointed by former Governor Kathleen Blanco to serve on the Louisiana Recovery Board to work for the rebuilding of the state and to advocate for the Gulf recovery on the national stage.

Ms. Brazile is the proud recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from Louisiana State University, North Carolina A&T State University, and Xavier University of Louisiana, the only historically Black, Catholic institution of higher education in the United States.

Ms. Brazile is founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, DC

Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, and Minyon Moore, the authors of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics,” are four of the most influential African-American women in the United States. Together, they call themselves the Colored Girls. As political strategists, organizers, CEOs, and more, they have made history and shaped politics. Though they come from diverse backgrounds, each felt the call to serve early in their lives.

 

Now Brazile, Caraway, Daughtry, and Moore challenge women to pick up the mantle and continue to make government truly representative. With the lessons they’ve learned, the fights they’ve won and lost, and solid advice for the challenges ahead, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics” is the guide for a new generation.