First and Only: What Black Women Say about Thriving at Work and in Life

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5.57 X 8.45 X 0.69 inches | 0.81 pounds

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About the Author

Jennifer R. Farmer is a writer, trainer, and activist who has worked with a host of entrepreneurs, social justice organizations and advocates, and progressive faith-based leaders including Michael Render ("Killer Mike"), Bishop William J. Barber II, and Edgar Villanueva. Farmer is the founder of Spotlight PR, LLC, which specializes in strategy and training for leaders and groups committed to racial justice, and is the author of Extraordinary PR, Ordinary Budget. She is the winner of the 2022 National Association of Black Journalists Outstanding Book Award for First and Only. She has been interviewed or had her work featured in Forbes, Marie Claire, Salon, Washington Informer, Sojourners, The Root, and Globe & Mail. She is the mother of two and lives in Chicago.

Nina Turner is a motivational speaker, cable news commentator, and defining political icon. She was a national co-chair of the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign, a former state senator from Ohio and former professor of African American history. Turner is also a founding member of the Bernie Sanders Institute, an entity dedicated to transforming American democracy through research, education, and outreach.


"Essential reading." --Marie Claire

"Farmer examines the workplace for people of color, specifically Black women, and offers strategies on how to be successful." --The Wall Street Journal's Business and Diversity Newsletter

"First and Only must be considered essential reading not only for Black women but for people who work with Black women. There are lessons to be learned in every chapter. . . . May you find yourself in the pages of this book. May you see yourself in all your beauty and perfection. May you recognize your greatness. May you discover that which you need to thrive at work and in life. I know I have." --Nina Turner, from the Foreword

"Jennifer R. Farmer writes a much-needed love letter to Black women looking to thrive at work and in life. First and Only is an essential resource for any career toolkit." --Minda Harts, author of The Memo

"Jennifer R. Farmer is a hell of a coach, and if she is detailing what Black women are experiencing in workplaces, we should listen and then take action." --Michael Render, songwriter, activist, and rapper professionally known as Killer Mike

"Jennifer R. Farmer could run a boot camp for emerging women leaders. Her coaching exudes urgency, confidence, and care. If anyone can create a trusted road map for Black women in the workplace, she can." --Rev. Dr. Brianna K. Parker, Black Millennial Cafe

"Jennifer R. Farmer is an amazing voice in empowering powerful communications and storytelling to shift the narrative. A brilliant thinker with a knack for eliminating waste, she creates strategies that leverage resources for the maximal impact while cradling the sacredness of one's message. An important and necessary soul for the journey around this nation, proclaiming a new story rooted in equity and inclusion." --Rev. Ben McBride, co-director, PICO California

"Jennifer R. Farmer is an insightful listener and observer of human interaction. She uses her insights to speak directly to the core issues impacting leadership. Her analysis perceptively integrates gender, race, religion, and overall worldview to offer more nuanced understandings of leadership than the one-size-fits-all approaches more commonly promoted." --Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson, author; Clergy in Residence, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

"Jennifer R. Farmer brings a wealth of expertise and a high degree of emotional intelligence to her leadership. She's the kind of leader that other leaders like me want to emulate." --Rev. Katey Zeh, Interim Executive Director, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

"Jennifer R. Farmer fuses creativity with a practical and empathetic approach to solving some of the thorniest issues. Our workplaces, our world, would benefit from hearing more from her." --Meghan Dotter, founder of Portico PR