Women’s Leadership & Empowerment
Growing women’s leadership and influence has always been one of my core fights, and I’m prepared to speak to my experience and expertise in platforming women and working to expand the rights of women everywhere. I can contextualize messaging against the backdrop of Women’s History Month, spotlighting trailblazers often forgotten in the long historical arc of the female fight, as well as leveraging more evergreen moments to talk up the collective power we hold as a super majority here in the United States, especially as we begin to carve out what the next major women’s movement might look like. Additionally, given my work with corporations, I can empower women leaders within companies, as well as make the business and cultural case for institutions to invest in women’s leadership.
Culture’s Impact on Social Justice Issues
Culture is the mighty river that whittles down the stone of intolerance and inflexibility over time. Specifically, the culture created and curated by Black Americans drives the narrative and influences key players holding the pens to legislation, commerce and more. Bottom line — Black culture influences everything and everyone, research proves it. I have a unique, pressure-tested and proven POV on how public figures, organizations and entire movements have harnessed (popular) culture to ignite major change, and can share how and why cultural leaders in entertainment, tech, fashion, corporate, and additional spaces have a responsibility to take a stand in moments like this. And for more themed speaking opportunities (e.g. Black History Month), I can tailor / expand existing messaging to include how oft-forgotten trailblazers in the movement (Black women, Black LGBTQ+ folks, Black disabled activists and more) and laid the groundwork for our current momentum.
Flipping The Tables | Everyday Disruption
Activism and change-making doesn’t just belong to those leading protests or even those with stacked academic credentials. I’ll energize and equip audiences with real, time-tested tools and perspective on how to be an everyday disruptor — right where you are. Listeners will walk away motivated and inspired knowing how to convert their instincts into insight and finally action, whether in their corporate 9-to-5s, places of worship, schools or wherever. Through my diverse professional experiences, I’ll share key learnings and best practices that connect the dots between social justice and popular culture, weaved in with purpose and my faith.
Professional Purpose | Servant Leadership for Today’s Moment
We’ve all met or seen leaders and wonder, “How do they do that?” Whether a whiplash career pivot or seemingly early success — in a swiftly evolving world, it’s easy to feel pulled and pushed in a million different missional directions while figuring out your own path. Having the advantage of a career forged over the years at the nexus of politics and policy, reproductive justice, corporate affairs, and popular culture, I have continued to be led and guided by the north star of my faith, which grounds me and provides me with clear purpose when I have to both make hard choices, and counsel public figures with their own. A clear purpose allows us to move seamlessly through careers that others may not be able to define, yet the work still has high impact. With this caliber of experience, I am prepared to share practical and passionate advice with audiences on how to stay rooted in their purpose and move effectively as servant leaders in their fields.
Culture + Politics + Justice
Named to EBONY Magazine’s “Power 100” list of influential African Americans and PRWeek’s “40 Under 40” list, Alencia Johnson leads at the intersection of social justice and culture change. She is a social impact, brand engagement and communications strategist with
corporate, political and non-profit experience and is a highly sought after cultural commentator and advisor.
As the Chief Impact Officer and Founder of 1063 West Broad — a social impact agency specializing in the intersection of culture, impact and purpose — Alencia connects brands, organizations and people to mission driven solutions. Alencia has cultivated over a
decade of experience harmoniously marrying cultural cornerstones, i.e. activism, politics, corporate and entertainment, together to address today’s most pressing issues.
Alencia was a Senior Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign, developing Black media and culture strategies. Earlier in the 2020 presidential cycle, she served as the National Director of Public Engagement for Senator Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign
— managing strategic rollouts of Senator Warren’s policy proposals utilizing media strategies, surrogate endorsements, cultural moments and in-person events.
Prior to that, she spent six years at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, where she engaged political, media, entertainment and corporate organizations and influencers to shift mainstream culture with positive, inclusive and factual perceptions of gender equity
and women’s rights. Alencia was the architect behind Planned Parenthood’s infamous “Stand With Black Women” branding and framework, developed the framework for Planned Parenthood’s engagement with broader social justice issues, and managed cultural partnerships
including the WNBA, SXSW, Sundance Film Festival, Essence Music Festival and more. On behalf of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, she developed election strategies with Secretary Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
In 2012, Alencia served on the campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama, managing surrogate and influencer strategies. She began her career at GEICO’s corporate headquarters executing the company’s social responsibility communications.
Alencia has regularly been seen on MSNBC, NewsOne, BET, Huffington Post Live, and featured in NPR, Washington Post, ESSENCE, Glamour and more. Alencia has also been recognized on “The Root 100” list of influential Black leaders for her role as an activist, as well
as a “Champion in PR” by PRWeek and received the Woman of the Year Award from Harvard University’s Black Men’s Forum. She serves on the Warner Music Group and the Blavatnik Family Foundation’s Social Justice Fund board of directors and was appointed to the
Virginia Council on Women by Governor Ralph Northam.
A native of Virginia, Alencia received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Leadership Studies from Christopher Newport University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and currently resides in Washington, DC. Alencia can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @AlenciaJohnson.
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