Who’s That BOSS: Vikki Johnson
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Vikki Johnson is a speaker, author, mentor, media executive, and kidney donor. She’s been a keynote speaker for TEDx Women, the Pentagon, and Federally Employed Women to name a few. Vikki’s Girl Talk Unplugged inspires women to be great in the mirror first, then in the marketplace via Sistahood!
Below, Johnson talks about how to connect with other powerful women in the “spirit of SistHERhood” to love, support, build new relationships, collaborate, inspire, and mentor other emerging leaders when possible.
The BOSS Network: Walk us through your journey to success. How did you get to this point?
Vikki Johnson: Serendipitously! Once I tapped into my authentic self and stopped trying to please everyone else, it just started happening. I mean the stars aligned and doors/opportunities started showing up in my life. When I was in college, I had several internships that turned into relationships that helped me years later. After graduation, I just kept following and connecting the dots that resonated with my soul. At times, this included doing what I had to do, but didn’t necessarily want to do in terms of jobs that helped me expand my knowledge and skill base. In addition to my own business, I’m blessed to work for a major cable network now for over 17 years. There are no shortcuts to success.
TBN: What do you do to stay on top of your game professionally?
VJ: Personally, I live in gratitude to constantly affect my professional outlook. As a mentor, I keep several mentors AND actually spend time with them. As a speaker, it is important that I keep my finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the world, especially in the lives of women globally. As an author, it’s important to read – a LOT. As a media executive with over 30 years of experience, it’s important for me at this point in my career to “give back” or “pay it forward” and share my experiences with women who are aspiring to be where I’ve been and eventually get to where I am. I’m honestly at a point in my career where I’m excited every single day to have the privilege to make a difference in the lives of others.
TBN: How do you balance your personal life with your professional?
VJ: It’s a choice. I understand that I can’t give away what I don’t have. Therefore, SELF-CARE (yes, I’m standing on my soap box to encourage women to make this a priority) is crucial to professional sustainability and impact. Take some time for YOU daily. Before you crash and burn (you can feel this coming in advance), take some time to stop, get rejuvenated, DANCE, spend time with people you love and who love you so that you can be refilled. Cars are not the only things that run out of gas.
TBN: What advice would you give to a budding entrepreneur or career woman?
VJ: Develop genuine relationships. Surround yourself with women who are doing great things so that you can glean from them. Maintain your membership in The BOSS Network and support other “Sister Bosses.” Know that it’s not about you at all, but about the impact/footprint you leave once you’re gone. Finally, be sure to reach back to help other women climb the ladder of personal development and professional success. It’s also important not to compete or compare yourself to other women. Discover what your assignment is and do that with tunnel vision. Collaboration evolves when women connect from an authentic place.
TBN: What is the legacy you hope to leave with your brand?
VJ: I am my brand and my passion is Sistahood! Everything I have done and will ever do is to promote that women can get along, women do get along, and women can work together. Whether it’s through Girl Talk Unplugged or my Sacred Sista Network (SSN) or speaking or writing or Soul Wealth VIP Mentoring, I want women to know that we are not our sister’s keeper. We are our Sista! Every woman is my reflection and I am hers.
TBN: What does being a BOSS mean to you?
VJ: Being a BOSS means owning my time, taking responsibility for my choices, and honoring the influence God has given me by using it to bless others. Peace is possible when we live in divine alignment with God’s purpose for our lives.
Follow Vikki and view her member profile at The BOSS Network.