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Audio Book: She quit thinking like a victim and changed her life. [Read by Ann & Denise Stanford; Produced by Matthew Shell]

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The full audio book will be available in MP3 format online late November 2008 at:
http://AnnLStanford.net

Audio book in CD format available January 2009.

To book speaking engagements and consultant services, contact the author by email at: als81334@gmail.com

The hardback and paperback version of the printed book can be purchased online at the Xlibris bookstore or by phone with Xlibris at (888) 795-4274 ext. 7876. The book is also available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders or visit your local bookstore.


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To book speaking engagements and consultant services, contact the author by email at als81334@gmail.com

Or you may write to:

Ann L. Stanford, Ph.D
PO Box 42073
Arlington, VA 22204


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What is a Change Agent?

Not since the 60s and 70s decades has there been so much political talk about âchange,â and âchange agents.â The obvious question that follows is what does a change agent do? Keep Getting Up is an example of one change agentâs life. It is a remarkable account of the authorâs life long commitment to social justice around the world. When change is needed to bring about equality and social justice for all, particularly for people of color and women, the author always assumes a role in making this happen.


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Keep Getting Up

This book is about an extraordinary career journey of a black woman, Dr. Ann L. Stanford, essentially in the US Federal Government and in a few jobs outside the government. It is the first autobiographical work of its kind written by a black career public servant. Anyone concerned about social justice in America will find it spellbinding and a major addition to their library.

Before Dr. Martin L. King Jr., presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, and other notable civil rights leaders emerged on the national scene, the author had already begun her war against racial discrimination. Raised in a sheltered environment in Kansas, her preparation for life did not include the historical âBlack Experience in America.â She was introduced to it in Memphis, Tennessee in 1953. A short stay in Memphis revealed to her how ill-prepared for life she was not having the typical American Black Experience. From 1955-1959, the full brunt of racial discrimination dramatically impacted Ann Stanfordâs life in Texas as a military dependent. Next, at the US Air Force Base in Misawa, Japan, she was shocked to find the same prejudicial attitudes and behavior in American Whites that she experienced in the South. Her history-making successful challenges of two major incidents of institutional racism during her Japan tour transformed her from being a victim to being a life long warrior for righteousness.

Dr. Stanford stepped onto the world stage after high school prepared to make her mark on the world and crashed into the formidable wall of racial discrimination. This shattered her belief in the goodness of America and rocked her self-confidence. Later, in seeking employment, she discovered institutional racism in its various forms. Devastating as these discoveries were, undaunted, she set about educating herself about life in America for Blacks. Then she skillfully crafted strategies to overcome all barriers that blocked her path to fulfilling her goals. Throughout her journey she triumphed over countless barriers both in the United States and on three other continents. She made major contributions to the environments in which she lived. She learned early in her career that the term that described her uncommon ability to improve employment opportunities and working conditions for Blacks and women was âchange agent.â She matured professionally into a consummate leader and manager, and against unbelievable odds, rose to the top ranks of the Federal Government.

Each chapter of Keep Getting Up covers a portion of Dr. Stanfordâs remarkable journey in a different geographical location around the world. One can start at any chapter and enjoy vignettes that practically stand alone as complete stories by themselves, thus amplifying the excitement and intrigue of the story. These highly inspirational and motivating life experiences are not only pertinent to American black women, but to all people who refuse to live with their life dreams unfulfilled. They are especially pertinent to those who defy all odds to transform themselves and live to be much more than the world perceives them to be. A story you don't want to miss and one you will want to share with others.


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About Dr. Ann L. Stanford

Dr. Ann L. Stanfordâs distinguished career in public service, foreign affairs and academia spans three decades. Her interest in public service was first aroused in Misawa, Japan in the early 1960s. There she challenged the Civilian Personnel Officerâs policy against hiring Blacks for Civil Service jobs at the Misawa Air Force Base. Her successful challenge of this policy resulted in three Blacks obtaining jobs, she being the first to obtain one.

Encouraged by her first challenge to institutional discrimination against Blacks, when she returned to the United States in 1963, she integrated the US Civil Service in Duluth, Minnesota; two years later she integrated the US Civil Service in Wichita Falls, Texas. During the early 70s Stanford honed her skills in organizational development, management and policy implementation. During the years she implemented laws, policies and regulations in the US Department of Health and Human Services programs for which she had oversight, she discovered that she possessed effective change agent talents that she decided could be best used in government service.

As Stanfordâs intellectual interest in world affairs increased so did her desire to serve the United States more broadly in an international capacity. She wanted to combine her hobby of international travel with international professional work. This desire was the impetus for pursuing a career as a Foreign Service Officer. As such, in addition to several tours in Washington, DC, she served in Africa and France. Working in Washington, DC provided her opportunities to work with many federal departments, Congress, White House, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, colleges and universities, political organizations and the enormous international community.

Dr. Stanfordâs multiple identities as an internationalist, public servant, diplomat and academician enabled her to achieve the dream she had at age 12 of becoming a âuniversal woman.â Midway through her public service career she achieved her identity as an internationalist. As a diplomat, she served as First Secretary-Consul at the American Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, and Consul General, head of the American Consulate General in Lyon, France. Her extraordinary people skills enabled her to win many friends for the United States. She held other positions in the Federal Government in three states and the District of Columbia. For several years Dr. Stanford was a Visiting Fellow with The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Princeton, New Jersey. In the mid-90s, Congress created an Institute for International Public Policy and Dr. Stanford established it in Fairfax, VA, and served as its first Executive Director. Throughout her career she performed roles on college and university campuses, most recently as a graduate level professor. Other roles have been serving on committees, lecturing, encouraging and coaching students, helping faculty and administrators understand diversity issues and implement diversity programs and initiatives. One notable role was assisting with the creation and installation of the Institute of Public Service, Seattle University, in Seattle, WA. Her numerous awards and honors for her outstanding achievements span her entire career.

Stanfordâs diverse background and accomplishments place her in a class nearly by herself. She is an outstanding role model for young women and men who aspire to careers in public service and international service. She holds a Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations; a M.P.A., Master's Degree in Public Administration, a B.A., Bachelor of Arts in Community Services (magna cum laude); and she has completed post graduate studies in public policy and international affairs.


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Readers:
Ann L. Stanford, Ph.D
Denise Stanford

Audio Production:
Matthew Shell


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