Alumni Spotlight: Alexandria Johnson Boone, MSODA 1981
Weatherheadlines recently sat down with Alexandria Johnson Boone, MSODA 1981, to learn more about being president and CEO of Gap Communications, the impact Weatherhead has had on her career, and her dedication to the local community.
Q: What is your current title and position?
I am the president & chief executive officer of GAP Communications Group. In this capacity, I manage the day-to-day operations of GAP Communications Group, a Cleveland-based full service advertising, public relations and special event coordination firm founded in 1994.
I am also the founder and chairwoman of Women of Color Foundation, a 501c3 tax-exempt organization dedicated to the education, training and empowerment of women and girls of color.
In addition, I am the founder of Marcus Garvey Academy, an innovative local charter middle school offering public education.
Q: What degree did you receive from Weatherhead and in what year?
I received a Master of Science, Organizational Development & Analysis (MSODA) in 1981.
Q: What brought you to Weatherhead?
I was drawn to Weatherhead by the reputation of the master’s in organizational development program.
Q: With regards to your Weatherhead experience, how has it been relevant to your current position?
The Weatherhead experience and degree has added tremendously to my credibility and acceptance in the business community!
Q: What is your favorite Weatherhead memory?
The off-site retreats that we attended during each semester of my master’s program; and making friends with Don Keller, whom later became my business partner prior to his untimely death.
Q: Do you have any advice for Weatherhead students currently in the MPOD program?
Please take full advantage and enjoy the many incredible opportunities, new relationships and experiences that will be afforded you during your program.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, Nate Mason and Lamar Thomas. I also enjoy traveling and watching classic movies.
Q: If you could invite any famous person/celebrity (living or dead) to dinner, who would it be and why?
It would be entrepreneur Madman C. J. Walker, the first black woman millionaire in the United States, because her legacy of business success and mentoring has and continues to inspire me in all that I undertake.
Q: Do you have a motto or tagline by which you live your life?
Life’s successes should not be measured by the breaths you take, but rather by the things that take your breath away!