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Kogod School of Business (American University)
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20016
Sheila C. Johnson is an entrepreneur and philanthropist whose accomplishments span the arenas of hospitality, sports, TV/film, the arts, education, women’s empowerment and community development. As vice chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and president and managing partner of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, Ms. Johnson is the first African-American woman to have a stake in four professional sports teams, including the Washington Wizards, the Washington Capitals, and the Washington Valor.
As a founding partner of BET (Black Entertainment Television), she pioneered modern television programming and created the award-winning program Teen Summit, an issues-oriented talk show for the network’s youth viewers. Currently, Ms. Johnson produces films that convey a strong humanitarian message, with completed projects including Kicking It, A Powerful Noise, She Is the Matador and The Other City, a critically acclaimed documentary about the HIV/AIDS crisis in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Johnson serves on the Board of Governors for Parsons School for Design in New York, as well as on the boards of Harvard Kennedy School Board Center for Public Leadership and the Executive Committee of the USGA. In 2006 Ms. Johnson was named global ambassador for CARE, a leading aid organization that fights global poverty by empowering women.