Kevin “KJ” Johnson, PCC

Focus: Leaders in Transition, Millennials, New Managers

Executive Coach/Facilitator

“I believe Kevin is one of the best there is. He truly has a gift for coaching. He helped me to find and bring out the true leader in me.”

— M.C., Executive Director, Philanthropy

Kevin is an executive coach with over 19 years of experience in leadership development, group dynamics and practice-building. He’s a scholar-practitioner and lifelong learner committed to bringing out the best in you and your team using the best of human emergence technologies, and a whole-person approach to your development as a professional.

Known for his energetic, engaging delivery and authenticity, KJ specializes in developing emotional intelligence skills as you progress through your career, helping you “diagnose” your team’s dynamics, increasing your executive presence with your colleagues and clients — and designing a more satisfying integration of work and life.

He co-founded a non-profit and led a three-year exploration of what makes humans thrive– across gender, ethnicity, religion and generation–creating a learning community of over 350 members reaching across the United States and into Turkey and Beijing, China. Since then he’s continued to collaborate with entrepreneurs, high school administrators, community leaders and global businesses to build cultures that grow leaders at every level. His grounded coaching style and deep listening skills have greatly influenced millennials, high performers and executives, alike. As a convener, he’s dedicated to getting the right voices in the room, shepherding change and enabling leaders to hold a higher vision of their teams and clients.


KJ is father to three emergent leaders and his great, great grandfather was Oliver Lewis, winner of the first Kentucky Derby in 1875.  He’s into salsa dancing–actually any kind of dancing, including breakdancing), live music, distance running (3 Chicago Marathons under his belt), acrylic painting and an occasional round of golf.

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Education and Certification

International Coach Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC)

B.A., Business Management

Experienced with multiple assessments: Leadership Circle Profile, Hermann Brain Dominance Index, Hogan, Immunity to Change, Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, DiSC, Strengthsfinder