Leaders and Legends

Leaders and Legends

Join us for the next installment of the Leaders & Legends Series featuring Fern Johnson!

On Wednesday, November 10 at 6:15 - 7:30 p.m. via Zoom

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About Fern Johnson

Fern is the CTO & Vice President, Infrastructure and Operations, at PepsiCo. In addition to her work within the IT organization, Fern has been an active participant and champion of PepsiCo’s Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement initiatives. Her efforts in this area have led to best practices and programs in Diversity which have effected positive change, helped to advance the careers of hundreds of employees, and vastly improved the organization as a whole. She has led and worked with affinity groups to enhance awareness through educational and community-based events, activities, programs, and projects encompassing all dimensions of diversity. She has been recognized within PepsiCo for her contributions with three Harvey C. Russell Chairman’s Awards for Diversity.

Fern has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pace University in Pleasantville, NY. She currently sits on three boards - IT Senior Management Forum (national), Dallas Museum of Art, North Texas Business Council for the Arts, and The 2060’s Project. In 2021 she was recognized by the Dallas Business Journal as a 2021 Women in Technology, and noted as a Women Who STEAM awardee from the Dallas-Chapter of The Links, Inc. Fern is quite the world traveler and foodie! She enjoys entertaining her family and friends in her home in Frisco, TX.


Speaker Name Topic & Video On-Demand

Mary Gentile
Creator/Director, Giving Voice To Values
Professor of Practice, University of Virginia-Darden School of Business

Giving Voice to Values

Fern Johnson
CTO Vice President, Infrastructure & Operations at PepsiCo

Leading Beyond Technology


Speaker Name Topic & Video On-Demand

David Woodyard
President and CEO at Catholic Charties in Dallas

Humility, Humanity, and Servant Leadership 

Trisha Cunningham
President and CEO at North Texas Food Bank

Impact on Community


Speaker Name Topic
Satish Gupta
President and CEO of SB International, Inc.
Classroom to Global Enterprise
Tom Nealon
Southwest Airlines
Balancing Technology with the Human Element
Sean D. Murphy
Principal, Deal Advisory, Private Equity
The Art and Science of Mergers and Acquisitions


Speaker Name Topic
Lucy Billingsley
The Billingsley Company
Building Billingsley: An Open Q&A
Artie Starrs
Pizza Hut
The Stuff in the Crust on Leading America's Favorite Pizza Chain
James Roskopf
Commercial Insurance Broker
Cyber Risk
Bob Jenkins
Comercial Property/Casualty Insurance Broker
Cyber Risk
Craig Dunn
Executive Vice President
Cyber Risk
Doug Johnson
Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources
High Flying Career, How to Land the Job, and Effective Leadership Versus Sustainable Growth


Speaker Name Topic
Jim Moroney
Dallas Morning News
Rogue One and Then Some: Trump Triumphant and the Lying Media
Beverly Goulet
Executive Vice President and Chief Integration Officer
American Airlines
American Airlines Merger with US Airways
Craig Maccubbin
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Southwest Airlines
The Hacker Threat: The Hidden Dangers We Face
Jim Burke
Vistra Energy
Leading and Competing in a Dynamic Texas Market: The Journey is Just Beginning
Jim Neil
CEO and Co-founder
Churchill Capital Company
A Case Study of a Real Estate Acquisition and Recommendations for the Entrepreneur
John J. Stephens
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Balancing Corporate Financial Leadership, Employee Happiness, and Customer Satisfaction
Chan B. Patel
Chairman, CEO, and President
State Bank of Texas
Bombay to Banking: The Story of Chan Patel