Global Leadership Summit – Cory Booker

Hon. Cory A. Booker

Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
Urban Reformer

In 2006, while still in his thirties, Cory Booker was elected mayor of Newark, New Jersey. With degrees from Stanford University and Oxford University (where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar), he moved to Newark during his final year at Yale Law School. In the years that followed, he lived in a troubled housing complex in the city’s Central Ward, advocated for education reform, served on the City Council, and founded the non-profit organization Newark Now. Unconventional in his approach to urban issues, he represents a new generation of pragmatic urban politicians. Since his election, Newark has seen a significant reduction in crime, doubled the amount of affordable housing under construction, slashed the city budget, and attracted over $100 million in private philanthropy.


Session Notes: Stand Up

You are the result of a grand conspiracy of love.

What will you do?

The world will try to lull you into mediocrity.

Will you show that you are born unique?

Don’t accept your existence as it is.  Rise!

We are here because of people who had extraordinary vision and the courage to stand up and do something about it.

You’re attitude about the world has nothing to do with the world, it speaks to your character.

The only way to make change in this world is to start with oneself.  If it is to be, it’s up to me.

If we live our values we can create radical transformation.

Before you tell me what you preach and teach, show me first how you live and give. 

Who you are speaks so loudly that I can’t hear one thing you say.  It’s about the thoughts you put into action.

“Liberty and justice for all” can not just be a pledge, they must be a call/purpose by which we live.

How will you choose to stand up?


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