Kelly Johnson

Senior Director, Talent Insights & Activation, The Marcus Buckingham Company and ADP Company

ResponsibilitiesAs a strategist, facilitator and coach for The Marcus Buckingham Company (TMBC), Kelly Johnson works with organizations and teams to achieve exceptional talent performance and engagement through dynamic strength-based strategies. She excels at diving into messy, matrixed, complex situations and rallying teams around purpose and action.

Kelly has a proven ability to drive business results by developing and implementing global talent strategies, and identifying opportunities for cultural excellence. A passionate practitioner, speaker, and trainer, she specializes in bringing out the best in every individual, team and organization she encounters.


A talent executive with Fortune 30 experience, Kelly has real-world expertise in all facets of HR including organizational performance, leadership development, executive/C-Suite talent planning, succession, recruitment, HR technology solutions, and organizational talent management. Prior to joining TMBC, she worked in Human Resources at Target.

Kelly is also a certified executive coach whose learnings span multiple educational disciplines, including the Coach Training Institute, Action Learning, and Presence Based Coaching and TMBCs Strength Coaching Certification. She completed her studies at the University of Minnesota.

Areas of Expertise

  • Talent Management
  • Talent and Succession Planning
  • Performance
  • Engagement
  • Coaching
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Change
  • Leadership and Organizational Developmen
  • Talent Strategy