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BWAC 02: Michael Johnson- Next Level Leadership: To Survive You Must Thrive

Updated: Aug 3, 2019



In this podcast episode, Naimah sits down with Michael Johnson, President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County in Wisconsin to talk about his track record as a nonprofit enterprise builder, a nationally sought-after speaker, and visionary leader.


Michael Johnson shares the very personal story of how he overcame enormous obstacles to rise as one of the most visible and dynamic individuals in the nation, leading lasting and meaningful change within the communities he serves. 

This episode is filled to the brim with useful advice about the vital importance of self-care, building strong organizational relationships, the personal traits necessary to oversee a dramatic upward scaling of an institution, and the tricky dynamics of code-switching. Michael Johnson also gets REAL about the ubiquitous Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion task force model, and how organizing bodies can transform them from rudderless exercises to effective engines of accountability and change. 


We also dig into the larger significance that the nonprofit sector holds as stewards of the public good and how we can be better positioned to help shift the currently flawed youth opportunity equation. Michael believes strongly that the nonprofit domain is uniquely qualified to drive increased investment in our youth and advocate in the divestment of our nation’s ineffective and unduly bloated prison system. 


You won’t want to miss this one- Michael Johnson is a powerful figure who knows what really matters within and beyond his world and is living out his values in his work everyday! 


At 41:30- be sure to check out our very first “Bawse Action” segment. This two-minute segment offers one small thing you can do- today- to make a BIG impact on your professional and personal life- immediately. So- BAWSES- Let’s get it!

Intro Music Credit Music Title: A City Called Heaven Composer: Courtney Bryan You Can find this and other works by Courtney on iTunes

Bawse Action and Outro Music Credit Music Title: It's On Composer/Producer: Abdullah Powell



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