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Geri Johnson

Chief Operating OfficerNext PR

Colorado Springs, CO

Member Since September 2022


Change Management
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I am a technology and operations expert with 25+ years of experience. I drive transformation for Next PR and its 80+ clients. I push boundaries every day, breaking through with innovative problem-solving – some call me the Olivia Pope of Next PR. I also lead the diversity, inclusion and belonging program, and I am a Prosci-certified change management expert. I have volunteered as a tutor at an abused women and children’s shelter, traveled to Romania to help orphaned teens learn computer skills, and currently serve as the board treasurer for Inside Out Youth Services, which supports LGBTQ youth.

Published content

5 ways practicing gratitude makes you a better leader


Practicing gratitude doesn’t require a huge commitment. A few moments a day is all it takes to change your outlook.

18 ways for introverts to communicate more effectively on the job

expert panel

Here are key strategies to grow in confidence and strengthen business relationships.  Contrary to popular belief, a successful, savvy business person is not necessarily always the biggest extrovert in the room. Improving your active listening skills and post-meeting communication strategies also play a part in capturing the attention of peers or direct reports regularly. This is key to building stronger team relationships.  By leaning into what makes them a little different from their outspoken counterparts, introverts are likely to have a positive impact in their place of business. If you're an introvert in the workplace and unsure about how to leverage your "superpower" as a reserved business professional who wants to get ahead, below, 18 experts from Fast Company Executive Board offer their tips on how to build your comfort level in engaging with others and being an effective communicator.

Embrace change this year with these four enterprise change management strategies


Four change management strategies to help prepare teams for change while fostering organizational agility and adaptability.

19 tips to communicate more effectively with your remote workers 

expert panel

Here's how to elevate company culture in a digital office environment. If you are new to leading a remote or hybrid company, you may find yourself struggling to bridge the gap between management and staff members who work from home to create trust and transparency. By the same token, if you're new to working for a remote employer, you may be feeling isolated if you're unable to connect with your new co-workers and management the way you initially envisioned when you were onboarded for your "dream job opportunity."  To help leaders and their remote teams communicate more effectively and improve their working relationships in no time, 19 Fast Company Executive Board members each share one new idea for building a better company culture in 2024.

4 PR strategies to help financial service firms bolster their brand in 2024


Having worked in financial services for 22 years before transitioning to PR, I’ve learned that reputation management is more important than ever during uncertain times. 

4 ways to show authentic appreciation for your team this holiday season


You don’t have to spend a fortune this holiday season to make your team feel appreciated.

Company details

Next PR

Company bio

We’re agile, we’re fresh and we always know what’s coming next. Formerly SSPR, Next PR is an award-winning PR firm with one major focus: results. Founded in 1978, we have offices in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Colorado Springs, Denver and Chicago. Next PR boasts the best and brightest in public relations from across the country, but more than that, we bring the fun – and the motivation – to our daily grind. Next PR offers medical and dental benefits and a generous 401K match. We enjoy paid time off and long weekends on major holidays. We soak in the sun with summer hours, champion success with employee recognition, give back with volunteer time off and stay current through professional development. We host an office exchange to visit family and friends in any of our cool locations without using vacation days and remain committed to work-life balance for all employees.


Media & entertainment

Area of focus

Public Relations

Company size

51 - 200