Brené with Chad Sanders on What
Black Leaders Learned from Trauma and Triumph
A heartfelt and honest conversation with writer, creator, and former tech entrepreneur, Chad Sanders on Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned from Trauma and Triumph. Chad shares his stories and interviews from fifteen leaders across industries on transformative leadership. There are critical teachings here for all of us – in fact, it’s our organization’s first group read of 2021.
Chad Sanders is a writer, director, actor, and musician based in New York City. Previously, Chad worked at Google and YouTube and as a tech entrepreneur. He has since written and cowritten TV series and feature films with collaborators Spike Lee, Morgan Freeman, and Will Packer. Chad’s op-ed pieces have appeared in The New York Times, SLAM magazine, and Teen Vogue. Before living in New York, Chad lived in Berlin, London, Oakland, and Atlanta. Chad is a graduate of Morehouse College. He was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned from Trauma and Triumph by Chad Sanders is a powerful exploration of Black achievement in a white world based on honest, provocative, and moving interviews with Black leaders, scientists, artists, activists, and champions. In moving essays, Chad dives into his formative experiences to see if they might offer the possibility of discovering or honing this skill. He tests his theory by interviewing Black leaders across industries to get their take on Black Magic. The result is a revelatory and very necessary book. Black Magic explores Black experiences in predominantly white environments and demonstrates the risks of self-betrayal and the value of being yourself.
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