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Jeff Johnson announced as VSU Spring Commencement Speaker

Published date: May 13, 2017

Mr. Jeff Johnson, award-winning journalist and motivational speaker, will deliver the commencement address for the Virginia State University spring graduating Class of 2017 on Saturday, May 13. The University will hold two services including a morning ceremony at 9 a.m. followed by an afternoon ceremony at 2 p.m. at the VSU Multipurpose Center.

Mr. Johnson is a teller of stories, developer of messages and architect of social solutions who’s as comfortable in front of the camera as he is behind the scenes developing strategy and messages for his clients. He is currently managing principal for the Baltimore-based strategy firm JIJ Communications, where he provides strategic insight and messaging consulting to clients in the private, public and entertainment sectors. His client list includes Google, Oppenheimer Funds, the City of Cleveland and the Super PAC, Priorities USA. He also provides regular content on the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show. Every Monday through Friday, he leads Manhood Legacy Prayer, a daily prayer call attended by nearly 500 men.

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

Mr. Johnson formally served as national director of the Youth & College Division of the NAACP and held an appointment by Russell Simmons as the vice president of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. In 2014, he worked with Steve Harvey on his New York Times Best Seller, Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success. He is also an author of his book, Everything I’m Not Made Me Everything I Am.

He commits much of his personal and professional life to the development of 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.

He is the honored husband of Jacqueline and the proud father of Madison, Myles and Malcolm.

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