Vice President-Leadership Development and Diversity Initiatives @ AT&T
As Vice President-Leadership Development and Diversity Initiatives at AT&T, Gail M. Johnson manages a team of talent management professionals responsible for the company’s Future Leaders Internship Experience (FLITE), leadership development and business sales leadership programs. Her organization also oversees diversity initiatives that help build AT&T’s diverse talent pipeline. These efforts include relationships with HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities), minority-serving institutions and diverse stakeholders.
Gail also serves as the HR Leader for the Flight Ops and Executive Operations organization, which supports the office of the AT&T chairman.
Previously, Gail served as AT&T’s Executive Director-Human Resources and managed a team of HR strategic partners who supported 5,000 domestic and international employees. In this role, in 2014, she received an AT&T Diamond Award based on her leadership in creating an organizational design that provides technical and business solutions for the federal government.
Since joining the company in 1987, Gail has held management positions in human resources, sales, new business development and operations.
She gives back to the community by mentoring more than 25 AT&T employees, college and high school students on their careers.
She also is president of the Harbor City chapter of The Links Inc. The Links Inc. promotes educational, civic- and inter-cultural activities to enrich the lives of African-Americans. The Harbor City chapter recently adopted an inner-city school in Baltimore to encourage students to consider a STEM career. In the past, Gail served as the eastern area representative to The Links Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Links Inc. She has also served as the Eastern Area HBCU chair.
In addition, Gail is secretary of the Tuxedo Ball, a nonprofit organization that provides workshops and career counseling to African-American college students.
She is a past National Vice President of Jack and Jill of America Inc., which supports African-American children’s leadership development. She also served on the organization’s Foundation board of directors and those of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the National Institute of Health Community Ambassador Program and INROADS, which helps prepare youth for corporate and community leadership.
Gail earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and an Executive Education Certification from Harvard University. She is a lifelong member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and a member of the Girl Friends, Inc.
She launched a mentoring program for African-American students at VCU in 2015.
Gail and her husband, Pastor Kevin Wayne Johnson, live in Clarksville, Md. They have three sons, Kevin, Christopher and Cameron.