Ebony Johnson has been an event planner for over a decade and has an extensive background in logistics and operations. She currently serves as the lead event coordinator at UNC’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities. She specializes in educational and social events with an eye towards making it creative, interactive and relevant by using her problem solving skills, creativity, and flexibility.
Ebony grew up in Fayetteville and currently lives in Durham, North Carolina. She graduated from Shaw University in Sociology, earned a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Training and added a feather to her cap with a Crowd Management certification. Her favorite pastimes are to solve Sudoku Puzzles and visit Art museums. Her friends describe her as a proactive, positive and caring. She takes pride in connecting people.
Ebony’s path crossed with InStepp Inc. earlier this year. She supported InStepp Inc.’s mission to motivate, support and ultimately empower women. After reading the organization’s history and accomplishments, she knew her relationship with InStepp Inc. was meant to be. She was impressed by the organization’s leaders and their passion and dedication to solving problems in the community. She brought her event planning skills to bear in InStepp Inc.’s events including the Professional Women’s Brunch, the International Women’s Day Conference and is assisting with the resurrection of Girls Leadership Academy. Working with InStepp, Inc. has increased her awareness about the issues that immigrant women face in society. It has also increased her knowledge of resources available for domestic violence victims, formerly incarcerated women, immigrants, and human-trafficking victims.
Ebony also volunteers with the Community Success Initiative in Raleigh, NC where she helped with personal and professional development of previously incarcerated men and women. In her own words,”…. true magic happens when caring, smart, hard-working, and dedicated women unite to serve their community.” This dedication is a source of inspiration for Ebony to continue to serve and be an advocate in her community.
Ebony encourages people considering volunteering to please come with an open-mind, a kind heart, and a great work ethic.