Ms. Geneva B. Johnson

(KNFP-01 Advisor)
Advisory Board Chair and Trustee Emeritus, Women’s Leadership Institute

Focus Areas

Leadership Development
Organizational Development / Management


Mrs. Johnson started her career in the human service field as Program Director at the Houston YWCA, Texas, Houston Texas. She was a psychiatric social worker at the State Hospital in Wernersville State Hospital in Wernersville, PA„ she held supervisory positions with the Children's Aid Society of Berks County and the Children's Services of Berks County, PA. She became Assistant Executive Director of the United Way of Berks County, Pa, the first in a series of local and national positions in the United Way movement: Director of Planning and Allocations at the United Way of Delaware and Associate Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Rochester, N.Y.-Mrs. Johnson joined the United Way of America, Washington,D.C as a Senior Vice President responsible for Strategic Planning and Public Policy. She became President and Chief Executive of Family Service America Families Intenational from 1983 until retirement in 1994. Education Mrs. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Albright College, Reading, PA; a Masters Degree from Case Western University School of Applied Social Sciences, Cleveland, OH, and a certificate in Executive Management from the Harvard School of Business, Boston, MA. Honors and Awards * Mrs. Johnson received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Albright College, Reading, PA, and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Alvernia University, Reading ,PA. * Mrs. Johnson was elected a Fellow in the Wisconsin Arts, Science and Letters. * She was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Other honors include: Distinguish Alumnae Award of Case Western University; Convocation Speaker at Case Western University and recipient of the President's Award for Distinguish Service: Medical College of Wisconsin Center Award for Distinguish Service in Advancing Community Engagement. Abraham Finkelstein Memorial Lecture Award, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Mercy Douglas Memorial Lecture Award, Philadelphia National Medical Association.National Sickle Cell Disease Inc. Award for Excellence in Human Relations. National Urban League Award for Distinguish Service to National Urban League Movement. Women of Influence Award, Milwaukee Business Journal. Sacajawea Award, by Professional Dimensions, 1992 Distinguish Education Award by the Metro Milwaukee Civic Alliance. Mrs. Johnson was named in Who's Who in America and Who's Who of American Women. She was named one of the top 5 best Managers in the the Social Service Field in the March 1990 Business Magazine, one of the top 12 non-profit Executive women in America by Savvy magazine; the top 100 Black Business and Professional Women in America by Dollar and Cents magazine, Distinguish Women of America Award by Northwood University Midland, MI. Mrs. Johnson was one of 20 women in the U.S and Canada selected to attend the Jerusalem Wornen's Seminar in Israel and Egypt, she received the Human Relations Award from the Wisconsin Region of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and, the Rotary Club of Milwaukee awarded her the Vocational Recognition Award. She received the Champion of Catholic Schools Award from the Catholic Diocese of Milwaukee, and the Christian Faith and Leadership Award from Messmer Catholic, a Special Recognition Award from Senator Russ Feingold, and the Dream Catchers Award from the FSA Council of Executives. Community Activities past and present Trusteeships and Board of Director Service Mrs. Johnson has served on the following higher education boards: Medical College of Wisconsin, Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI, WeIIs College, Aurora, NY. Berea College, Berea. KY, Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryan Mawr, PA, Social Enterprise Initiative Advisory Board, Harvard School of Business, Harvard University, Boston, MA. National Board of Non Profit Management, Case Western University, Cleveland. OH, Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center Board, Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center Community Advisory Board; Editorial Board Non-Profit Management and Leadership Journal, Case Western University, Cleveland, OH, the Center for Minority Health Research, University of Maryland Medical School. Mrs. Johnson has served on the following boards: Wisconsin Energy Board; Wisconsin Electric and Power; First Star Bank (now known US Bank); Vista, Inc. (now known as Vitas Healthcare); Partners Advancing Values in Education (PAVE); Boehner Botanical Gardens; Greater Milwaukee Foundation; Froedtert Hospital and Froedtert Hospital Foundation; the Drucker Foundation; the Frances I-lesselbein for Leadership; the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership; National Association Sickle Cell Anemia, Volunteers of America (the national and the Wisconsin boards); Josephson Institute of Ethics; the Independent Sector, The National Assembly, The Foundation Center; the Council of Mutual of America Insurance Company of America, the National Center for Learning Disabilities; The Salzburg Seminar Board, (a faculty member of the two week seminar in Salzburg, Austria); Faculty member for the two week program of the Johns Hopkins Fellows Program in Ghana, Africa, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; National Board of Visitors, Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. Mrs Johnson has served as a consultant to the following national organizations: Council of Jewish Federations; the YWCA; United Auto Works of America; the National Fellows Program of The W.K Kellogg Foundation, The National Urban League, Big Brothers and Sisters, the national board of NAACP. GUEST lectures Mrs Johnson has been a guest lecturer at the following institutions: University of Delaware; University of Institute of Technology, Howard University; Catholic University, Washington, DC; Case Western University; Springfield College; Columbia University; New York University SUNNY; University of Maryland; University of Indiana; University of Wisconsin of Marionette (convocation speaker); University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, School of Business; the Cleveland Forum ; the University of Tampa Fellows Forum; Cardinal Stritch University, Center for Leadership ; Wisconsin Lutheran College. Mrs. Johnson was the keynote speaker along with Bishop Tutu on Ethics in Higher Education at the Stollenach University. Cape Town, South Africa; a keynote speaker at Seoul, South Korea for the establishment of the Peter Drucker Society of Asia. Mrs. Johnson serves as a judge for the annual Peter Drucker $100,000 Award for Innovation. Mrs. Johnson has published articles in the Journal of Corporate Boards, Board Member (a journal for Board Source), and Directorship ( a monthly newsletter). Governor and Mayor Citations * Mrs. Johnson has received citations from the following governors in: Kentucky, South Carolina; Tennessee; Wisconsin and Florida. * Mrs. Johnson has received citations from the following mayors in: Reading, PA; Atlanta,GA: Louisville, KY; Hartford, CT; Milwaukee, WI; Baltimore, MD.