Martha Johnson

Saturday Morning Keynote: Resilience

Nominated by President Obama, confirmed unanimously by the US Senate to be the Administrator of the General Services Administration, and later excoriated when she resigned during a scandal, Martha Johnson is now a writer, blogger, leadership coach, and highly appreciated speaker about leadership, risk taking, and resilience.

Her book about that experience, On My Watch: Leadership, Innovation, and Personal Resilience, has been a best seller on Amazon and is assigned reading at a number of colleges and universities.
Johnson is the subject of a Yale Management School case, has been featured repeatedly in the Washington Post, was interviewed for C-SPAN BookTV, and contributes blogs to CNN.

Johnson's career has also spanned the private sector, including senior positions in information technology, architecture, strategic consulting, and the automotive industry where she has been key in critical transformation efforts.

Her current book project, The Upside of Upheaval, will be published in 2015 by Praeger. Her blogs can be found on Her other credits include a novel, In Our Midst, a quarterfinalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition. Johnson is a graduate of Oberlin College and Yale University. She resides in Annapolis, MD with her husband, Steve.