The story of a young woman from a small town in northern Illinois.
Johnson was the youngest of four children.
John’s father was a former sheriff, and she’s always known that, too.
John spent a lot of time at home.
She had a girlfriend and an older brother.
Her parents divorced when she was a teenager.
She was raised by her mother and stepfather.
She attended school, but only part time.
After graduating high school, she moved to the small town of Savannah, Illinois, to get a degree in public relations.
That was before she started working for public affairs company Public Relations, which she loved.
Her first assignment was to represent a large corporation in a case.
In doing so, she made a career choice: to pursue a public relations career.
John was hired by a small Chicago company that was suing a woman in a wrongful death lawsuit.
She went on to become a senior vice president, overseeing communications.
At the end of that year, she was hired back to the firm.
She moved back to her hometown of the same name, where she still lives.
The story: A young woman is hired to represent large corporate clients in a lawsuit.
The company is suing a family of five people.
They all die.
The young woman goes on to represent an elderly couple.
She comes up with a brilliant strategy: she tells them, “We’re going to have to be aggressive in getting a settlement.”
That’s when she decides to become the public relations intern at the firm, and soon she finds herself representing a larger organization.
The book: Johnson, the Young Woman who Lived, is available at bookstores and online.
It’s a story of success and failure and the lessons she learned from her past.
The author is a former executive editor at The Chicago Tribune and has worked in public affairs for nearly a decade.
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