One of Johnson’s biggest priorities is advancing legislation to help deploy broadband in hard-to-reach rural areas. Toward that end, she’s been working with legislators in Florida and other states to establish programs that offer subsidies to broadband providers that are extending services to the remote and underserved. Through public policy campaigns and strategically targeted activities, Johnson is paving the way for Charter’s $5 billion network expansion across 24 states and setting the stage for a smooth, rapid deployment. She knows the vital role broadband plays in education today, and how important education is to diversity. “While I understand that many of the diversity, equity and inclusion challenges that we face today will not be solved by education alone, I do believe that closing the educational achievement and attainment gaps are essential to advancing diversity, equity and inclusions goals.”
How have you been a champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion?
Frederick Douglas said that “Education means emancipation…It means the uplifting of the soul of man into the glorious light of truth.” While I understand that many of the diversity, equity and inclusion challenges that we face today will not be solved by education alone, I do believe that closing the educational achievement and attainment gaps will are essential to advancing diversity, equity and inclusions goals. I have had the honor of serving as a volunteer on Florida’s State Board of Education and working to champion efforts to close the achievement gap for Florida’s students.
Who deserves a biopic made about their life and why?
There should be a biopic about the life and impact of Maya Angelou. Her profound talent for spinning words into imagery that reached the depths of her readers’ souls is legendary. Many people would cherish the opportunity to get a deeper perspective into the experiences that shaped her life, her challenges, her successes, and the inspiration that fueled her exceptional genius.
My best advice for fostering open, honest communication…
A “safe environment” is the fertile soil to foster open, honest communications. As leaders, we need to be open to hearing things that we disagree with, to having patience to work to align perspectives, and to avoid the natural tendency to judge people harshly when their perspectives don’t immediately align with our own.