Building, repairing and growing a brand’s reputation is a team sport. It requires a holistic approach to communications that brings all stakeholders to the table to acknowledge and understand the challenge, before considering solutions.
After years of leading communications teams during crises, political campaigns and M&A transactions, Leah Johnson has adapted the “War Room” rapid response technique and applies it to her clients’ strategic communications planning and execution. By bringing relevant data and people to the table, internal silos are quickly broken down, creating a culture of communication and transparency.
Leah and her customized team are problem solvers, but rather than a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, they recognize that each organization has a unique culture and story to tell.
In today’s cluttered and unpredictable media landscape, communicating seamlessly, confidently and rapidly to internal and external audiences has become a vital component of any strategic communications plan.
LCJ Solutions offers a highly integrated approach to reputation management and believes that strategic communications should always have a seat at the table.
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Building a Culture of Communication —
LCJ Solutions works with clients to remove internal barriers to effective communications planning and execution. Leah will take a team approach to creating the environment necessary to bring your people to the table to inform the message and drive your strategic communications ROI.
Tell Your Story —
Leah’s team starts with your business growth plans and integrates traditional media relations strategies and social media analytics, into a broader communications context to deliver a narrative that engages your desired audiences.
Define your CEO’s role —
The CEO is the primary brand storyteller and is responsible for representing how the brand wants to be known in the world. Leah brings 30+ years of experience advising CEOs and senior executives and she works with clients to craft thought leadership strategies and develop original platforms to effectively position your CEO, both internally and externally.
Crisis Management & Culture Coaching —
Whether you are in the middle of a crisis or in the recovery phase, strategic communications plays a major role in managing reputation risk and transforming an organization’s culture. In addition to working with clients on day-to-day crisis management, Leah and her team help clients seize the burning platform to accelerate and implement transformational culture initiatives.
Leah C. Johnson, Founder & CEO, brings to clients over 25 years of management, strategic communications, media relations, social media, crisis communications and branding experience in a diverse array of private, public and nonprofit sectors including international banking and finance, campaigns, government, healthcare, energy, real estate, e commerce and education.
In 2009, Leah founded LCJ Solutions in order to bring her holistic strategic communications philosophy to clients. By combining expertise developed by
leading crisis management teams, creating message and coaching colleagues,
she offers a highly integrated approach to reputation management.
LCJ Solutions has partnered with brands such as Conoco Phillips, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Blackbaud, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Ally Bank, General Atlantic portfolio companies and other first tier clients, to develop and promote their brand story, position executives, build market strength, and mitigate reputation risk.
Before founding LCJ Solutions, Leah served as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Citigroup Inc. As chief communications adviser to four CEOs, Leah applied her messaging and problem solving skills to such high-visibility challenge points as CEO succession, international money laundering, mergers & acquisitions, subprime lending, and Wall Street research conflicts of interest.
Prior to joining Citigroup, Leah was Vice President of Corporate Communications for Standard & Poor’s.There, she created a global public affairs infrastructure across the ratings and equity businesses and crafted S&P’s bond issuer conflict of interest communications strategy.
In the public sector, Leah served as Press Secretary for Mayor David N. Dinkins’ Reelection Campaign and Deputy Director for Communications for the Clinton-Gore ‘92 New York State Coordinated Campaign. In the Office of the Deputy Mayor in New York City, Leah was Special Assistant for Media Relations. As Director of Communications for the New York City Comptroller, she developed influence campaigns and public policy positions on CEO pay, Swiss Bank secrecy and tobacco company litigation.
Leah began her communications career at the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation. She soon became Director of Public Affairs at Kings County Hospital Center, where she developed campaigns that helped inform public health policy on the treatment of HIV/AIDS. She went on to become Manager of Public Affairs at Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., crafting the company’s positions on breast implant safety and environmental issues.
Leah is an accomplished public speaker and frequently contributes to forums and seminars for communications professionals and business leaders.
A Brooklyn, New York native, Leah holds a B.A. in Psychology from Harvard College. She serves on the Harvard Schools Committee of New York City, and is the Chair of the Communications, Social Media and Advocacy Committee of the Vestry at Trinity Wall Street. She chairs the Issues & Advocacy Committee of Planned Parenthood New York City’s Board and serves as a mentor with W.O.M.E.N. in America.
Leah recently served on the Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee of The Dalton School, where she led the Board’s Community Life and Diversity Committee.
Leah lives in New York City with her husband and their daughter.