Communications Specialist Jeff Johnson to Speak at ASU

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Jeff Johnson


By ASU News Services

Communications Specialist and Journalist Jeff Johnson, will be the guest speaker for Alabama State University’s "Leadership, Educational, and Development (L.E.A.D.) Speaker Series” on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at 11 a.m. in the Ralph D. Abernathy Hall Auditorium.

Johnson will discuss, "How Students are Leveraging Their Own Power in this Moment to Define Leadership in Themselves." This program is FREE and open to the public! Don't miss out! All attendees must RSVP at

ASU’s new public seminar series, "The Leadership, Educational, and Development (L.E.A.D.). Speaker Series” is the brainchild of the Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Division (Student Affairs) and the Student Government Association's (SGA) Executive Committee -- L.E.A.D. is the revival of the University’s former Lyceum Committee. 

About the Speaker

Jeff Johnson is an award-winning journalist and communications specialist who provides strategic insight and messaging consulting to clients in the private, public and entertainment sectors.  In addition to his partnership with Dix & Eaton, Johnson serves as managing principal of the Baltimore-based strategy firm JIJ Communications, where his client list includes Fortune 500 companies, political institutions and celebrities.

Over the last two decades, Johnson has developed expertise in communications, political engagement and strategic consulting to create a unique career committed to developing organizational solutions and systemic change. He calls it double bottom-line impact and is dedicated to creating it for his clients.

Johnson is a master storyteller and developer of messages who is as comfortable in front of the camera as he is behind the scenes developing strategy and messages for his clients. He recently conducted interviews with both President Barack Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton for BET News and provides regular content on the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show.

Johnson co-wrote Steve Harvey’s New York Times best-seller, “Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success.” He developed content and managed distribution across all the media company’s social media platforms, increasing Harvey’s overall social media footprint by 30 percent.

Johnson an especially astute strategist and provided leadership for the City of Cleveland’s communications strategy surrounding the 2016 Republican National Convention. His firm has also developed a system to transition companies’ Employee Resource Groups to Business Resources Groups, a process that can significantly improve diversity and inclusion (D&I) programs, recruitment and development, HR effectiveness and overall revenue.

Johnson commits much of his personal and professional life to the development of local leadership and social impact infrastructure, serving on several boards including Vote Run Lead, The Cleveland Foundation’s African-American Philanthropy Committee and the historic Lincoln Theatre in Columbus, Ohio.