Geneva Johnson Snapshot Name: Geneva Johnson

Last updated on May 13th, 2019 at 02:22 pm

Position: executive director of the Women’s Leadership Institute at Mount Mary College

Greatest Business Motivation: to manage for results; to manage people by capitalizing on their strengths. Weaknesses then become irrelevant.

Greatest Business Challenge for the Coming Year: to get as many women involved in the program as possible, to present the institute as open to women from all walks of life.

Greatest Satisfaction from Business: continuous learning, transforming that learning to your walk of life

First job: age 14, a "mother’s helper." Tasks included being a nanny, washing dishes and doing laundry. At age 15 Johnson began volunteering at the YWCA as a disc jockey spinning records at teen dances.

Most admired person: mother and father; Frances Hesselbein, former leader of Girl Scouts USA, currently chair of the Peter Drucker Foundation.

Education: bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from Albright College in Redding, a master’s degree in applied social administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and an executive certificate in management from the Harvard University School of Business

Hometown: Redding, PA

Family: nephew, Gregory; women I’ve mentored over the years.

Interests/Hobbies: reading, travel, playing piano

Favorite vacation spot: Rio Caliente, a spa in Mexico near Guadalajara

Favorite magazine: Leader to Leader, published by the Drucker Foundation

Favorite charities: too many to mention

Favorite restaurant: Sanford

Favorite Soap Opera: Young and the Restless

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