Pamela Johnston is a rare breed of thought leader who plays the business world like a chess master (but with better social skills), continuously beats through the strongest of competitive forces (for sport), and reaches plateaus in every industry she operates in (in high heels). Some climb up to the business horizon. Johnston regularly throws her parties there.
Our personal lives are ripe for disruption and Johnston’s newest vision is taking form on the next frontier of life disruption management in a space that, as is common for Johnston, didn’t exist until she imagined it at the start of 2013. In line with her mission to help people and organizations uncover their potential and harness change, her new endeavor aims to fill gaping holes that are turning up more and more in the lives of driven, focused people. This new iteration of her universal work draws together dream teams to produce ideal outcomes during some of life’s biggest transitional moments. It is by far her boldest and most evolutionary venture, in line with her never-ending quest to ‘make the impossible possible’.
As the woman known to ‘influence the influencers’ for over 25 years, Johnston’s career has been characterized by high-speed entrepreneurism and innovation. She has led teams creating, growing or selling top tier PR firms, consumer services companies, best-selling books, hospitality corporations, and tourism industry brands. Her ability to draw pioneers into high impact teams and think tanks speaks to her dynamism – what’s been described by partners as a gravitational pull that aligns the realms of invention and progress. Through consumer engagement, corporate strategy, and business innovation, her unconventional approaches and astute methodologies have impacted a wide range of industries from technology, travel and consumer goods, to media, entertainment, and publishing. Firmly planted among the most creative and respected minds of our time, Johnston is a crisis pro, author and writer, reputation expert, and (over)opinionated commentator - she often appears on television, has her own blogs on The Huffington Post and Intent.com, and is a sought-after speaker on innovation and image.
“Someone who cuts through complexities, who sees things that others don't,” “one of those rare people you meet that just 'gets it,’ who routinely takes on and triumphs over ‘herculean challenges’”… partners and collaborators have always valued her super-human perception. Over the years, Johnston has been proudly honored as a BrandWeek Guerilla Marketer of the Year and as one of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds In Sales & Marketing by HSMAI, and featured in a multitude of notable media including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Reuters, Investor’s Business Daily, CBS and Good Morning America.
She’s precipitated great moments of business innovation borne of both acute success and extreme distress … two ends of a spectrum that she thrives in. An instinctive problem solver popular for her signature way of distilling the complex down to the manageable, Johnston’s insights and analysis tap into some of the most groundbreaking and thought-provoking conversations happening today.
Johnston’s path always revolved around her personal mission to help leaders, organizations, and society reach beyond their potential to achieve what they didn’t think was possible. She is a person who genuinely relishes the opportunity to solve seemingly insurmountable problems, and her upcoming book explores personal and professional development, while delving into the contradictory versions of the “self” that often dull the flame of inspiration.
Her landmark work in crisis management and market strategy spans numerous sectors, where she has been ‘of record’ for governments, blue chip companies, consumer goods corporations, consulting firms, professional institutions, technology creators, entertainment and travel brands, marketing and advertising agencies, and B2B service providers in law, finance, accounting and health & wellness.
She holds a B.A from Tufts University and speaks Spanish, French, Italian, and English.