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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

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.

17 ideas to express employee appreciation during the holidays

expert panel

Are your traditional gift-giving gestures getting stale? The holiday season is the perfect time to spread more cheer by demonstrating to your dedicated employees how much you appreciate their efforts to help keep a well-organized business up and running. If your leadership team is all tapped out of original gift-giving ideas for their team this year, then try one of the following ideas that 17 experts from Fast Company Executive Board highly recommend to show gratitude for the hard work their staff members continue to put in throughout the year. 

3 ways to improve interpersonal communication between you and your team


To avoid misunderstanding or misinterpretation, here are three methods for clearer interpersonal communication leaders should use and model for their teams.

What's blocking your potential to flourish in the workplace? 

expert panel

13 business leaders share their best practices for breaking through career and business challenges. As an unpredictable marketplace remains at the forefront across industries, it can be difficult for businesses and nonprofits to stay afloat at a sustainable rate. It is also stifling for professionals who feel stuck in their current roles—especially as it relates to personal career growth and longevity. Lack of funding and slow bureaucracy can cause any business team or professional to lose hope and become unmotivated to reach their short- and long-term goals. Here, 13 Fast Company Executive Board members each name one of the biggest challenges they have faced and how they made a breakthrough. Implementing their suggestions may help you and your team members overcome similar hardships.

7 ways to help your team find meaning in their work


Creating purpose at work is about more than just the product. It’s about the culture and environment you cultivate.

15 ideas to boost your brand and work culture

expert panel

Apply these tips to foster improvement in your business products and services. It's important to keep your eye on the prize when you're running a business you want to see survive. But, it's not always easy to outdo your company's biggest achievements, or implement needed improvements, year after year—especially in a tight economy.  Despite reality, however, whether your company was able to move the needle forward by an inch or a mile to reach its bottom line this past year, it's essential to highlight each moment. By doing so, you'll be able to boost employee morale and heighten productivity among your loyal team members. Here, 15 members of Fast Company Executive Board share one new thing they've already implemented or are excited about doing in the coming year to enhance their business image, company core values, and work culture!

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