Meet the Authors
Gabby Leon Spatt and Candace Bazemore met while volunteering through the Junior League of Atlanta, a women’s organization that promotes volunteerism, develops leaders, and inspires its members to effect positive change in the broader community. Their friendship solidified when they realized they both were also involved with the Atlanta Black/Jewish Coalition, an initiative of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and co-founded by the late Congressman John Lewis.
Their desire to learn from, and about, one another grew through their shared experience in AJC’s Project Understanding, a biannual weekend retreat for thirty-two young leaders of the Black and Jewish communities. The two truly enjoy each other’s company, sharing holiday dinners and celebrating life experiences together.
Candace is a technology and marketing expert working in the finance, telecomm, and healthcare industries. Always one to champion the importance of work-life balance, she enjoys adventure travel, scifi, and game nights during her free time. A native of Newport News, Virginia, Candace graduated from Clark Atlanta University and then settled in Atlanta. She enjoys volunteering in the community through organizations that focus on helping women and children in need, such as the Junior League and United Way.
Gabby is a genuine connector who is passionate about bringing people and organizations together to accomplish big dreams. The Coral Springs, Florida, native and graduate of the University of Florida now lives in Atlanta with her husband and young son. She spends her time at the intersection of business and social good as a creator of movements around important topics like mental health, leadership, diplomacy, film, and women’s empowerment.