Happy Monday, all!
It has indeed been a while since I’ve last posted a MOAM spotlight. But with recent Olympic history made by both Simone Biles, Simone Manuel and so many others, today’s the perfect time to spotlight even more millennial #BlackGirlMagic.
The newest Millennial On A Mission and I share a passion for storytelling and spotlighting the amazing work of our peers. Her platform, Young Dream Diggers, is more than just an online community — it is a movement that empowers and inspires millennials to turn their professional dreams into reality.
I’d like for you to meet Lynette Johnson.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but raised in Maryland, Lynette is a graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where she received her degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. Despite being a business major, she found that her passion was for storytelling and journalism. While in college, she visited New Orleans, Louisiana post-Hurricane Katrina and created a documentary about her experience. “I worked as a student correspondent for my school by producing public service announcements and commercials,” Lynette recalls. “I also interned with my school’s public relations department, CNN in New York and a local ABC affiliate news station.” Her internship eventually led to her first full-time job as a news producer, where she worked for nearly six years. Currently, Lynette is transitioning from TV broadcasting to corporate communications and living with her husband in the Atlanta, Georgia area.
MOAM: What inspired you to pursue your career in journalism, and who are you most inspired by? What are some challenges you’ve faced in building your brand?
LJ: Filming a documentary in New Orleans really opened my eyes to the power of storytelling. The fact that I was able to meet and connect with so many people and share their stories with the world was very empowering. Interning at CNN was a life changing experience, because I had the chance to learn how a major news organization operates. During that time, I was very inspired by Soledad O’Brien and her work with the Black In America series. Another inspiration is my old boss Michele Thornton. She’s now the head of sales for Centric TV, but I’ve always admired her confidence and “corporatepreneur” spirit. Other inspirations include: Oprah Winfrey, Misty Copeland and Myleik Teele.
The only major challenge I’ve faced so far in building both my brand and business is letting major changes in my personal life throw me off course. For me, it was getting engaged, then married and then moving to two cities – all within six months! The challenging part was managing everything that was going on and still finding time to grow my business. Because I had become consumed with things in my personal life, I stopped blogging and being active on social media. I’ve learned and am still working on how to better plan and prepare for things as well as delegate. With a strong strategy in place, I know I will be better prepared in the future when life decides to throw another wrench…which I know it will!
For Lynette, being a Millennial On A Mission mean you are not just going hard for your dreams, but you’re also determined to change your life for the better along with those around you. “I live my life with an “allergic to mediocrity” mentality, meaning that I know I wasn’t put on this Earth just to be average,” Lynette says. “I know I have a greater purpose and that’s what motivates me to get better each days and go hard for my dreams.” She realizes that things don’t happen overnight, and it’s not always easy but she aims to keep putting one foot in front of the other until her mission is complete. Her advice to fellow millennial entrepreneurs? Life is certainly not promised to us tomorrow and it’s too short to waste it on fear and insecurities. “I truly believe God created us all for a greater purpose and gave us dreams and visions to make the world a better place,” she says. “Why be average when you can be great?“