Derrick M. Johnson II, CMP, 32, works in Washington, D.C., as director of meetings for The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers. As a 2017 40 Under 40 honoree, Johnson discusses his passion for the events industry.
What I do: I design core business programing and over 10 annual experiential programs that have a qualitative impact on attendee performance and growth at work. I also assist in overseeing the management and operations of the meetings department, which executes three annual meetings (up to 1,200 people each).
How I got here: I’m a millennial planner with more than 15 years of experience with nonprofits, corporate and government agencies. From interning with the National Medical Association at 15 to planning $3 million events with Young Presidents’ Organization, I’ve gained a solid yet unique perspective into the domain of events and the future of our industry.
My greatest career accomplishment: I’m a huge proponent for education and continuous learning. In 2009, I was promoted to director of meetings at the National Association for Gifted Children. There I designed affordable education events, including virtual conferences, for teachers, thus ensuring proper education for gifted students around the country. In 2013, I received the Innovator of the Year Award from Kratos Learning Solutions for bringing webcasts and virtual events to the Department of Education Career Pathways division for post-secondary education and training.