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Gail Johnson to deliver 2019 December Commencement Speech

Nov. 13, 2019 - Lorena Oliver

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business is pleased to announce alumna Gail M. Johnson as the speaker for our school's commencement ceremony on December 13, 2019. 

Gail Johnson is a veteran Human Resources Executive. Throughout her tenure at AT&T, she has played an instrumental role in human capital management positions building strategic partnerships, creating and executing leadership development programs, and hiring top talent across the organization including C-Suite positions.

Currently, she is responsible for the enterprise-wide Talent Development Programs including the Mentoring programs for the company. Prior to this role, Gail led AT&T’s Summer Intern Program, Leadership Development Programs and strategic talent development partnerships including HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities), minority-serving institutions, women's organizations, and diverse stakeholders. Her ability to effectively respond to global growth, market changes, and economic challenges has made her a treasured resource and propelled her more than 30-year steadfast career.

Gail is passionate about connecting talent with the right career opportunities and the community with corporate America, serving on various non-profit and professional boards. She is a lifetime member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and currently a Board Member for the National Black MBA Association. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and an Executive Education Certification from Harvard University.

She is a highly sought-after speaker for various panels on topics related to diversity and inclusion, innovation, workforce planning, generational mentoring, and minority recruitment and retention. 

Visit our School of Business commencement webpage for ceremony details. 

Visit the VCU commencement website for information on the university-wide ceremony and general graduation questions.