Brenda Johnson Founder Gold Medallion Foundation

Biographical Profile

Brenda Joyce Johnson is founder and CEO of The Gold Medallion Foundation, a nonprofit community based 501 (c ) 3 organization founded in 2001 in Columbus, Ohio. As Founder and CEO of the GMF, Mrs. Johnson brings a sense of urgency to champion the cause of civility and social responsibility as millennials transition into next generation leadership. She is also the President of Training By Design, LTD, a professional training, coaching and leadership development organization for youth and adults. As a Certified Image and Protocol Specialist and an ordained minister, Mrs. Johnson has been a featured speaker locally and nationally. In 1998 she founded “Women Empowered” in Fayetteville, North Carolina to engage, encourage and strengthen women as leaders and trans-generational mentors in the Christian faith.

In 2001, she wrote the curriculum for The School of Esther, a 12 week character and life-skills development program for teens. Renamed the S.O.E. Leadership Academy, the 7 week Saturday School is designed to prepare males and females ages 13-17 for life and leadership in a transformational faith filled environment. The eighth session concludes the training with a black tie “Gala of Stars” dinner dance showcase where graduating teens are the rising stars.

For over twenty years, Mrs. Johnson has been engaging audiences from the board room to the classroom. As a corporate trainer, she has facilitated Diversity and Team Effectiveness training for the multibillion-dollar consumer products giant Procter & Gamble. Her talent continues to impact succeeding generations at higher education institutions such as the Young Scholars at The Ohio State University as well as in the classrooms of Columbus Public Schools.

As a Your Image columnist for the Fayetteville Observer; the small business owner of Feminique Image Improvement Workshops, and as a pageant coach and judge for the Miss North Carolina preliminaries for the Miss America competition in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Mrs. Johnson has mentored and stylized countless women both at home, in professional life as well as those who embrace the limelight.

As a columnist for “Your Image” Ms. Johnson enjoyed writing a weekly fashion advisory for The Fayetteville Observer in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She is currently the Columbus Etiquette Examiner with, an online news and personal interest publisher. See:

Mrs. Johnson is a Communications and Fashion Merchandising graduate of West Virginia State University. She has a professional modeling certificate from Roland’s International School of Modeling in Fayetteville, North Carolina and is certified by Image Improvement Inc. as a Professional Image Consultant. She is married to The Rev. Dr. Lonnell E. Johnson. They are the parents of two adult daughters, Melissa Dawn and Angela Renee Johnson.