My Story

Who’s That Girl?

KandiaJohnson1I quit Corporate America, explored my curiosity, and built a business around helping people clarify their vision, strategize for success and increase their brand exposure through social media, personal brand campaigns, events, media placements, and strategic partnerships.

I love to tell stories. I’m obsessed with breathing life into ideas. And I also teach entrepreneurs, executives and business professionals how to become recognized leaders in their fields.

The bottom line is this:  whether you’ve got something to sell or you’re ready to get the conversation started about who you are and what you have to offer, I’m here to help you make it happen.

How did this all come about?

Well, about 4 years ago, I was miserable.

I was working as a Communications Consultant for one of the best management consultant firms in the country and traveling weekly to client locations around the US and Canada.

Sure, I was good at helping my clients develop and execute communications campaigns and learning programs for audiences around the world. But the reality is, my ladder of success was placed on the wrong building.  I spent the bulk of my life alone in hotels and airports, working 80 hour work weeks and competing for a promotion that didn’t fit my definition of success.

In fact, for the most part of my life, I lived by society’s rules for success.

 “Go to school, get a good job with a pension plan, buy a house, work for 30 years and then retire.”~My loving parents

As a child, my mom and dad taught me the rules of success that their parents taught them:

[College Degree + Good city/state job with pension + Mortgage + Marriage = HAPPINESS and SUCCESS.]

But what  were the characteristics of a good job? 2 weeks vacation and 5 days of sick time? Surely there had to be more to life?!

How did having a good job feel? Because cubicle life left me in tears and depressed–daily.

Oh, and how should I go about landing one of “those good jobs?” Because I tried several “good” jobs and I was fed up with the “good” life.

Seriously,  every day while I was at work, I would day dream about ‘Rebel leader-warrior’ Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) coming to rescue Neo (Keanu Reeves) aka ME from my cubicle–you know, like in the movie “The Matrix.”

Anywho, never in a million years, did I believe I had the power to create my own rules for success. Not one person in my family was an entrepreneur, so I didn’t have a blueprint.

Allow me to RE-introduce myself…

Mid-way through my career, I got tired of my own BS (you know the lies and excuses you tell yourself for why something can’t happen).

I was tired of feeling bored and unfulfilled at work. I was competing for a promotion, yet deep down inside I knew I just wanted to impress my family with a CEO title and the perks that came with it–six figure salary, luxury car, big house, bragging rights, etc. And I was burned out from traveling weekly.

So in 2012, I found the courage to take the leap from employee to entrepreneur. I gave up my six-figure salary, platinum hotel & air rewards points and began the journey of working as a Freelance Writer and Communications Strategist.

I became a girl on the run from anything that resembled a cubicle farm and a 2-3 week vacation policy.

Kandia Johnson
Antigua, Guatemala, May, 2013

NowKandia Johnson Author before you get all excited about my new adventure, the entrepreneurial journey is far from sexy.

You can read more about my backstory here and grab a copy of my eBook: “Wake Up, Slay & Repeat: 7 Step Guide to Quitting Your Job & Creating a Life on Your Own Terms.”

But I wouldn’t trade my life for anything.

The Glow Up

Since leaving my 9-5 job, I’ve had a great deal of success, most of which wasn’t even on my radar.

I can work from anywhere.

I’ve made an impact around the world through mentoring and helping women professionals and entrepreneurs package their expertise, create signature services for their business, and land speaking engagements, TV spots, and features in print and digital publications.

Through my work with Girls Going Global, I’ve helped over 100 young girls from underserved areas travel to Costa Rica and Belize.

 I’ve shared my story unapologetically–landing several speaking engagements in the United States and Africa.

Kandia Johnson

In 2014, I was invited by the WIE Network to speak on a PR, Branding & Communications panel taking place in Nigeria. In 2016,  the African Women in Technology Conference invited to host my #CarveYourOwnPath master class at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya.

Oh and just between you and me, I’m totally obsessed with scouring the globe for “Rebels, Revolutionaries and Rule Breakers”— women who reject the status quo and create their own rules for success. I’ve interviewed change makers and entrepreneurs from around the world and landed published articles in Forbes Travel Guide,  Black Enterprise Magazine, and Diversity Woman Magazine.

Today, I’m on a mission to help more women carve their own path in life and business. Learn more about my private consulting options here.