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the promise of a pencil
About the Book

Adam Braun – “The Promise of a Pencil”

Adam Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just sixteen years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling he met a young boy begging on the streets of India, who after being asked what he wanted most in the world, simply answered, “A pencil.” This small request led to a staggering series of events that took Braun backpacking through dozens of countries before eventually leaving a prestigious job to found Pencils of Promise, the award-winning organization he started with just $25 that has since built more than 250 schools across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

The Promise of a Pencil chronicles Braun’s journey to find his calling, as each chapter explains one clear step that every person can take to turn their biggest ambitions into reality. If you feel restless and ready for transition, if you are seeking direction and purpose, this critically acclaimed bestseller is for you. Driven by inspiring stories and shareable insights, this is the book that will give you the tools to make your own life a story worth telling.

Adam Braun is an author, speaker, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Pencils of Promise and has been a featured speaker at the White House, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the United Nations. For more information, please visit PencilsofPromise.org and AdamBraun.com.

“A compelling and singular story filled with universal truths everyone needs to hear.”
-US Senator Cory Booker





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Author Visits

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 
Adam Braun speaks at MMC
GC Ballrooms
12:00PM – 1:00PM
(book signing to follow)

Thursday, November 2, 2017
Adam Braun speaks at BBC
WUC Ballroom 
2:00PM – 3:00PM
(book signing to follow)


Contact Information

BBC AC1 180 
3000 NE 151 Street
North Miami, FL  33181

Valerie Morgan
+1 (305) 919 - 5754
morganv@fiu.edu
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