Summit Spotlight: Lorraine Griffin Johnson
Principal, LGJ & Associates and CEO, Griffin Enterprises
We are so excited that Lorraine is joining us at the 2022 Women of Influence Summit on Friday, September 16 to share what it means to stand tall through stories from her own life. To help you get to know Lorraine better check out her answers to our interview questions below:
What does a typical day look like for you?
I am semi-retired so I may spend an hour or 2 consulting with a client on a specific Human Resources policy matter to interviewing a key candidate to provide an outside or diverse opinion. I also may be negotiating repairs for rental property or real estate sales.
What is your favorite part of your job?
People interaction and the opportunity to develop creative solutions.
How do you spend your free time?
Traveling, volunteering, reading and watching movies.
What’s on your summer reading list?
Its long as I keep buying books…on top is “Lead From the Outside” by Stacy Abrams.
How has Next Monday been of value to you and/or your career?
I have appreciated the opportunity to network with a diverse group of women who have had different life experiences. It also been an opportunity to give back and pay it forward.
What are you hoping to share with fellow attendees at the Women of Influence Summit?
I am hoping so share that it is ok to speak up and disrupt when you think something is not right…the pride when you look in the mirror and feel later when standing tall will out weigh the snub at the time of disruption.
What is your favorite family tradition?
My favorite family tradition is the way my family honors education. We gather for our family reunion and on the agenda is a place for sharing accomplishments. The biggest part of that time is awarding the scholarships to high school graduates who are entering college and recognizing the college graduates. We acknowledge them each year they are in college as a means of supporting their journey! It has been a family tradition for almost 60 years. A family scholarship is endowed to support this effort and ensure the tradition lives on.
What would you name the autobiography of your life?
Living/Loving a Gifted and Black Journey
What would you most like to tell yourself at age 18?
Everything will happen at the right time for the right reason! Enjoy the journey!
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
Africa – I had always been told, I would have a feeling of belonging like no other … its true!