Dr. Michelle K. Johnston

Leadership Coach, Management Professor & Keynote Speaker

My Story: Connection, Compassion, and Results

Born in Alexandria, Virginia, I moved around the country every two years with my Dad, who worked for General Motors, my Mom, an Executive Secretary, and my older brother, Chris.

We moved from DC to Baltimore to Memphis to NYC to Detroit to Nashville to Tampa to Birmingham to Atlanta to Asheville, then finally retired on a lake outside of Columbia, SC.

After the first few moves, I learned that we are all so much more similar than we are different. Whether you say Pop in Michigan or Coke in Atlanta, wear Levi’s jeans in Tennessee or designer jeans in Florida, we all want the same things in life: friendship, laughter, and joy.

I also learned the importance of connection. I’ll never forget reading my father’s copy of Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People and thinking that this man got it right. I had quickly learned that if all you do is talk about yourself, you’re not going to make any friends. You’ve got to figure out what matters to each person by spending time listening and showing interest in their lives.

After earning my Bachelors and Masters degrees at Auburn, I pursued my Ph.D. at Louisiana State University while working for a consulting firm called Spectra based in New Orleans, LA. In New Orleans, I fell in love with the people, the food, the music, the architecture, the history, the festivals, the “joie de vivre” way of life. I was hooked and never wanted to leave. I was bound and determined to make the city my forever home.

I landed a full-time faculty appointment at Loyola University New Orleans in the College of Business and fell head over heels in love with the students. They are smart, kind, diverse, dedicated, and respectful.

In addition to teaching my wonderful students and researching with my fab colleagues (shout out to Dr. Kendra Reed, my research partner), I coach corporate leaders, deliver speeches, eat great food, take beautiful walks, laugh with my friends, and raise my amazing daughter, Elizabeth.

I am incredibly blessed.

– Michelle

Dr. Michelle K. Johnston

Leadership Coach, Management Professor & Keynote Speaker

Degrees:
Ph.D., Louisiana State University
M.A., B.A., Auburn University

Born in Alexandria, Virginia, I moved around the country every two years with my Dad, who worked for General Motors, my Mom, an Executive Secretary, and my older brother, Chris.

We moved from DC to Baltimore to Memphis to NYC to Detroit to Nashville to Tampa to Birmingham to Atlanta to Asheville, then finally retired on a lake outside of Columbia, SC.

After the first few moves, I learned that we are all so much more similar than we are different. Whether you say Pop in Michigan or Coke in Atlanta, wear Levi jeans in Tennessee or designer jeans in Florida, we all want the same things in life: friendship, laughter, and joy.

I also learned the importance of connection. I’ll never forget reading my father’s copy of Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People and thinking that this man got it right. I had quickly learned that if all you do is talk about yourself, you’re not going to make any friends. You’ve got to figure out what matters to each person by spending time listening and showing interest in their lives.

After earning my Bachelors and Masters degrees at Auburn, I pursued my Ph.D. at LSU while working for a consulting firm called Spectra based in New Orleans, LA. In New Orleans, I fell in love with the people, the food, the music, the architecture, the history, the festivals, the “joie de vivre” way of life. I was hooked and never wanted to leave. I was bound and determined to make the city my forever home.

I landed a full-time faculty appointment at Loyola University New Orleans in the College of Business and fell head over heels in love with the students. They are smart, kind, diverse, dedicated, and respectful.

In addition to teaching my wonderful students and researching with my fab colleagues (shout out to Dr. Kendra Reed, my research partner), I coach corporate leaders, deliver speeches, eat great food, take beautiful walks, laugh with my friends, and raise my amazing daughter, Elizabeth.

I am incredibly blessed.

– Michelle