Anthony Johnson

Keynote Speaker

Anthony Johnson has recently dedicated his time to reconnect with his Navajo heritage. Ideally he would have found work on the reservation, but because the unemployment rate is around 48.5%, it was next to impossible. Thus, he earned money by providing whatever services he could to whoever they would help. Though this initially started as a means to an end, it turned into a meaningful life experience that has taught him the power of connecting with others.

Anthony currently works with Teysha, a social impact organization that blends heritage with innovation. Their main hub is in Antigua, Guatemala, where we employ over twenty traditional shoe makers to bring your shoes to life. Beyond their workshop is a grassroots network of women-run cooperatives, small-businesses, and artisan groups who create our woven textiles by hand, in their homes or communities, surrounded by their family. Beyond Guatemala, we also work with amazing artisan groups in Panama, Mexico, with more communities to come. Each and every product encompasses an entire supply chain made up of people, families, and small businesses. Anthony leads his team that believes that rather than give handouts or donations to communities in need, we believe in creating opportunities for these communities to use their talents and drive for the betterment of their own lives.

Anthony’s story is one of hope, overcoming adversity, dealing with racism, activism, community engagement and success. He regularly presents on mental health, gender, youth, violence and LGBTQ2 topics for any audience. His customized presentations are often presented with his partner Dr. James Makokis. Anthony’s education and work background is truly inspirational. Anthony Johnson delivers sessions that are tailored to the event theme, the desired learning outcomes of the presentation and each member of the audience.

Some of Anthony’s previous experience:

Anthony provided brand representation at a SXSW launch party; trained a team of 3 to showcase iPhone application features and use; logistical support for event wrap-up; met many amazing people, including Chelsea Clinton. He also worked with the Creative Action Network by attending a multi day trade show in Albuquerque on behalf of C.A.N to increase exposure for their See America campaign and to gather vendor feedback about their existing product line.

Anthony also reconfigured a large mechanic shop’s software and office layout so their computer systems would stop crashing and so that his billing would go through.


Harvard University

  • * Degree NameBachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • * Field Of StudyEconomics & Social Anthropology
  • * Dates attended or expected graduation2004 – 2008
  • * Activities and Societies: Native Americans at Harvard College, Harvard University Native American Program, Harvard Foundation, Harvard University Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program, Entrepreneurship Forum, I3 Innovation Challenge, Eliot House Committee, Eliot House Fete Committee, Eliot Festa Committee, Harvard Cheerleading Team, Harvard Indian Intertribal Dance Troop, Ivy Native Council, Harvard Student Art Show
  • * Primary coursework in macroeconomics with an emphasis on international trade and Asia, including a semester abroad in Shanghai at East China Normal University.

East China Normal University

  • * Degree NameStudy abroad at Business Language Culture Program
  • * Field Of StudyBusiness
  • * Dates attended or expected graduation2008 – 2008
  • * Semester abroad during Fall Semester, Senior year of college. Program focused on Chinese business practices, social customs, and Mandarin language. Attended week long business leadership conference in Hong Kong. Volunteered to tutor college students in English.

Activities and Societies:

Student Government, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, Arizona Boys State, International Thespian Society, Speech and Debate, Vocal Ensemble, Glendale Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, National Honor Society


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