Joyce Johnson Announces Release of Her Seventh Book, a Memoir
Book Details Her Personal Journey in Corporate America as a Black Woman, Often the First and Only BIPOC Woman in the Room
Houston, Texas – 6X Author, Speaker, Sales Influencer, Business Coach and Founder of Why Sales Network, Joyce Johnson is writing her seventh book, “No Back Doors for Me.” Johnson, known for being an advocate for college students and helping with their personal development, is a native of Galveston Texas and currently resides in Houston. “No Back Doors for Me” is the story of her life in Corporate America as an African American Woman, often the first and only female or person of color in the room. The story begins at the end of her career in 2019 then goes back to her teenage years breaking color barriers in high school after attending an all Black elementary school, George Washington Carver in Galveston.
The book title was formed from a story her mother once shared about a Mexican food restaurant in Galveston that she loved, but they would only serve Blacks through the back door. After she gave birth to her daughter, Johnson’s mother had enough and decided not to go there anymore. “I took that story very literally as a young girl,” says Johnson, “I decided there will be “No Back Doors for Me!”
Joyce Johnson recently completed a Diversity and Inclusion certificate program offered by Cornell University. She registered specifically to better address the requests from various companies to assist them with building diversity and inclusion programs. “A corporate volunteer supporting employee resource groups, I have led through my heart and am sure to always incorporate what I consider common sense and respect for others. I enrolled in the program to gain fundamental insight and confirmation that I was doing the right things,” Johnson says.
Per Johnson, the experience led her through an emotional whirlwind of thoughts and feelings of pain she didn’t realize she was harboring. Realizing her own personal challenges of corporate discrimination and helping others through theirs caused trauma.
“It took a burst of tears while completing a homework assignment, laying down for a nap and literally getting out of bed three days later to realize the impact that racism and sexism had on my life,” says Johnson.
Johnson pulls confidence and inspiration from “The Memo” by Minda Harts which she says confirmed her inner permission to write this book in complete truth. Admitting it may tick off a few of her previous corporate leaders, “while listening to Minda read her book, I felt like I was speaking while using the tone of someone else’s voice. I can’t recall the last time a book made me feel this way. It is raw. It is real. I hope people feel the same freedom after reading my book.”