Year: 2021

Dr. Gigi Louisa Johnson

Rethink Next, Amplify Music, Center for Creative

Dr. Gigi Louisa Johnson inspires and connects people/ideas/experiences around deconstructing/transforming creative sectors.  In 2021, she co-created the 2nd Amplify Music virtual conference, continuing the April 2020 25-hour virtual conference with 30+ great partners.  She produces and hosts the “Creative Innovators with Gigi Johnson” podcast and its connected career expansion programs.  She runs two organizations — Rethink Next and the Maremel Institute Center for Creative Futures — connecting projects and community partners about how creativity and work are changing.  She speaks around the world on digital transformations — both of the past and in the extended future.  In addition, she has taught for 21 years at UCLA, where she has built four industry-connecting programs and taught undergraduates, MBAs, and executives about disruption in creative industries.  Before UCLA, she was a corporate banker financing media M&A at Bank of America for ten years.  She holds an EdD in leadership for change from Fielding Graduate University, an MBA from UCLA Anderson, and a BA in film/TV production from USC.