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Special Event: "On My Watch" Leadership Strategies & Book Signing


We are pleased to have a special guest speaker and book signing event on June 10, 2014!! Seating is limited. RSVP today!

Life doesn't always work out according to our plans. With successes, come failures, lessons learned, and, hopefully, more successes. Please join us as Martha Johnson shares details from her Amazon best seller, On My Watch, a recounting of the leadership techniques that facilitated her rise to the top of a federal agency and the missteps that led to her fall.

"On My Watch is an important book for those in both government and business who want to make a real difference. Martha Johnson brought innovation to government in her role at the General Services Administration and our country needs more leaders with her strategic insights, endlessly creative ideas, and honesty."

-John Chambers, Cisco Chairman and CEO

Martha Johnson


Martha Johnson is leadership speaker and writer who draws on the lessons learned as an executive from a 35-year career in public and private organizations.

She was nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the US Senate to be the Administrator of the General Services Administration, a position she held from[masked]. She also served eight years with the Clinton Administration and was appointed to two commissions with the British Government. Her private sector career has spanned the information technology, architecture, strategic consulting, and automotive industries including Cummins Engine Company, Computer Sciences Corporation, Ellenzweig and Moore, Architects, and SRA International.

Johnson has delivered over 50 public speeches on various topics including leadership, organizational transformation, sustainability, and government innovation. She has been featured repeatedly in the press and has testified multiple times before the US Congress.

Her writing credits include On My Watch: Leadership, Innovation, and Personal Resilience, a best selling book on Amazon published in October 2013. Johnson blogs ( and her virtual readership grows daily. She has also authored a novel, In Our Midst, which placed as a quarterfinalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition.

Johnson was graduated with a BA from Oberlin College and an MBA from the Yale University School of Management.

Johnson was born in New Haven, Connecticut, raised in California and North Dakota. She is married, has two adult children and an elderly father, and resides in Annapolis, Maryland.

"On My Watch should be a must-read book for all those in, or preparing for, public service. It provides breakthrough examples of what can be done in government agencies, even huge ones, to inspire enthusiasm, focus actions, increase efficiency, and reduce waste. If that were not enough, it also provides a powerful strategy for reaching timely decisions that involve input from all the key stakeholders—a strategy that could transform how things are done in Washington. In addition, it provides an powerful example of grace under pressure of a leader who demonstrates high integrity in times of success as well as when, through no fault of her own, she takes a big one for the team. Martha Johnson and this book are class acts of the first order."

-Carol Pearson, Ph. D.

Author of The Hero and the Outlaw: Extraordinary Branding Through the Power of Archetypes

Former Professor of Leadership Studies in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and Director of the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership