40 Under 40: Derrick M. Johnson II, CMP

By Connect Staff, May 4, 2017

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.

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