Upcoming Business Empowered Meetings:
BE August 2017 Meeting:
BE Destin/Fort Walton August Meeting:
Date: Friday, August 18th, 2017
Location: The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa, 200 Henderson Resort Way, Destin, FL 32541 - The Dolphin Room
Cost: Summer Pricing - $15/Member, $20/Guest
Guest Speaker: Miriam Johnson
*Complimentary Valet Parking will be provided*
Senior Vice President, Political Strategy
Executive Director, Florida Chamber Political Institute
Marian Johnson is Senior Vice President of Political Strategy for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida’s largest business federation, representing 139,000 companies, associations, state and local chambers. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Florida Chamber Political Institute, a unique research organization that provides vital detailed demographic and political analysis to its members.
Perhaps Florida’s most seasoned political advisors, Johnson has been involved with every presidential campaign from 1964 through 1984. Most notably, she served on Ronald Reagan's 1980 and 1984 presidential campaigns. In 1984, she coordinated massive voter contact efforts in eight southern states for President Reagan's reelection campaign.
In addition to her work on national campaigns, Johnson has been involved in all aspects of many state senate and house campaigns, including candidate recruitment and campaign management. In fact, former Senator Vince Bruner credits Johnson with his “upset” victory over former Senate Dean Dempsey Barron. In 1988, she ran a successful statewide amendment campaign.
In December 1993, Johnson created and managed Florida Business United, a research organization and the political arm of Associated Industries of Florida. She also served as Senior Vice President of Associated Industries of Florida Service Corporation where she developed and implemented a one-of-a-kind tracking mechanism consisting of a six-week polling program for statewide offices. Results were featured statewide and nationally on political broadcasts of CNN and C-Span.
Politics are only a part of Johnson’s life. Being a Muskogee Creek Indian, her love for her heritage has inspired her to teach a Muskogee language class. She has recorded a language CD and written four language manuals. She has also recorded a CD, Pum Afvcketvn, We Will Sing Hallelujah.
Johnson, who holds a PhD in Biblical Studies and PhD in Biblical Counseling, is the pastor’s wife, Sunday School teacher and music director for Tama Community Church which is a Muskogee Creek Church. Johnson and her husband maintain a residence in Tallahassee, Florida and in South Georgia. The couple has three children and two grandsons and two granddaughters.
- July 21st, 12 PM, Dockside Cafe, Speaker: Dr Michael Mosely
- August 18th, 12 PM, Dockside Cafe, Speaker: Pastor Elizabeth Sullivan