Who is Jim Johnson?

I am the co-founder of First Fridays Fort Wayne – a local leadership development forum.  We are entering our 5th Season in September, 2021. I have been leading and developing people for over 20+ years in both profit and not-for-profit organizations.  In 2016, I became a certified speaker, coach and trainer with the John C. Maxwell Team.

I have addressed audiences from 10 to 10,000 around the world.  I have coached leaders in the areas of training, staff coaching, personal development, and public speaking/presentations.  My passion is to influence leaders to succeed who will in turn influence other leaders to succeed.

I am a 1982 graduate of Taylor University.  I earned an M.A. from George Fox University in 1990.  I also earned a certificate in Executive Leadership from the University of Notre Dame.  I have served as a teacher, music director, pastor, manager, and now a business executive.

I am a 7th grade language arts teacher at Norwell Middle School.

I am married to the beautiful Laurie and have two incredible kids:  Hannah and Karsten.  We live in Fort Wayne, Indiana where we are very involved in our church.

Author, Speaker, Trainer, Coach

Book Cover from AmazonI just released my first book, The Path to Promotion.  It is the process I developed and practiced that had me go from unemployed to Vice President in 5 years.  This book is for those who feel stuck in their careers or who want to take that next step in their career path.  It also lays out solid leadership practices even if you are not looking for a promotion.  Thank you for ordering it!

I am available for keynote, conference, and seminar speaking opportunities.  I will tailor the topic to meet your organization’s needs. Presentation topics include:  leadership development, employee engagement and development, coaching, public speaking, and personal growth.

For more information and potential topics that I address, visit my Speaker Hub site at:


I also am available to lead MasterMind groups and conduct individual coaching.  I would consider it an honor to serve you and your organization.

Conference & Seminars Speaking Engagements:

Credit Union Times, Disney World, Orlando, FL

Credit Union Journal’s “Grow Show”, San Diego, CA

NACCAP Annual Conference, Denver, CO

Engage 2018 (Indiana Wesleyan University) Fort Wayne, IN

NACCAP Annual Conference, Langley, British Columbia, Canada

NIHRA Chapter Meeting, Fort Wayne, IN

Engage 2019 (Indiana Wesleyan University) Fort Wayne, IN

What others say about Jim:

“An energetic, charismatic speaker who is comfortable in any area and is an effective communicator with any demographic.  Jim has mastered ways to draw on experiential examples to help convey a crystal clear message.”  Matt LoMaglio, Southeast Regional Manager, Sanco Industries, Inc., Florida

Jim is passionate about the concept of leadership and the development of emerging future leaders. His speaking style is readily relational; people can understand what he is talking about without grabbing a thesaurus and holding on for dear life. Jim helps leaders learn to think and he is focused on helping thinking people learn to lead.”  John Garner, VP Lending, 3Rivers

“Jim has a passion for encouraging growth and helping others find their potential. He knows no stranger and always stands up for what is right…even if that’s the road usually untaken. I have had the privilege of working alongside of Jim for many years now, and I am a better leader because of his influence.” Jenna Turner, Remote Services Manager, 3Rivers

“Jim has dedicated himself to developing leaders throughout his career.  His life and work experiences have shaped him into a well-seasoned professional, skilled in operations management and leadership development.  Jim is persistent in his daily pursuit of knowledge, resilient as he faces new challenges each day, and gracious as he shares his expertise to sharpen the leadership skills of those around him.” Amanda Muldoon, Member Experience Analyst, 3Rivers

“Jim has high energy, passion and has great ability of connecting with the audience and keeping them there.”  Brian Miller, North Eastern Group Realty, Fort Wayne, Indiana 

“Jim has a great ability to catch an audience’s attention and keep it focused on what he is communicating. His passion for communicating truth makes Jim an enjoyable and effective speaker!”  Jay Runyan, Crain Media Group, Convoy, Arkansas

“On behalf of our staff and the attendees at our annual professional development conference, let me express to you our appreciation for you allowing Jim Johnson to participate as a speaker at the NACCAP Conference held at Colorado Christian University a few weeks ago. He was received as a gifted presenter and quality addition to our line-up of speakers for 2017. Our attendees were challenged to think more substantively about how they interface with their clients as they endeavor to recruit students to their respective campuses.” Chant Thompson, Executive Director, NACCAP, Huntington, Indiana 

Contact me

Email:  jejohnson2006@gmail.com

Call/Text:  260-249-5403

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimejohnsonfw/