Publication names Johnson to 50 Leading Business Women in Mississippi

 Pictured is NaTunya Johnson, Ed.S, district department chair of the Business and Office Technology (BOT) Department at Holmes Community College, who was named to the Mississippi Business Journal 50 Leading Business Women Class of 2016.

NaTunya Johnson, Ed.S, district department chair of the Business and Office Technology (BOT) Department at Holmes Community College, was recently named to the Mississippi Business Journal's (MBJ) 50 Leading Business Women in Mississippi Class of 2016.

According to MBJ, "the 50 Women is a development and networking organization that encompasses training with ongoing opportunities for the inducted women to grow together as business leaders." The recipients chosen attend seminars, a networking round table, and an awards luncheon. This year's event was held August 18-19 at Hinds Eagle Ridge in Raymond. MBJ will include photos, bios, and quotes from the Class of 2016 in the spring issue of their magazine.

Additionally, as a part of the state's 50 Leading Business Women, Johnson will be honored at the "Business Women of the Year" luncheon in February 2017. Eleven finalists for Business Woman of the Year are selected from the most recent 50 Women class.

Johnson received her bachelor of business administration and marketing from Mississippi State University and her MBA from Delta State University. As an Educational Specialist in curriculum and instruction, she currently develops curricula for Holmes' Medical Office Technology, Medical Billing and Coding, and Workforce Training and Development programs. She also serves as an instructor for BOT courses on the Ridgeland Campus and as a sponsor for Phi Beta Lambda business society.

"We are so proud to have on of Mississippi's 50 Leading Business Women serving as Department Chair and Instructor for our Business Technology program at Holmes," said Director of Career-Technical Education Amy Whittington. "This affords our students an awesome opportunity to learn from a proven leader in the business community."

Prior to teaching on the collegiate level, Johnson was a corporate trainer for 12 years at the State of Mississippi Employees' Health Plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi. She said that corporate training adequately prepared her for teaching business courses, something she had always wanted to do, and when Holmes offered her the opportunity, she jumped on it.

"I am humbled to be selected as one of the 50 Leading Business Women in Mississippi by the Mississippi Business Journal," Johnson said. "Receiving this honor has afforded me the opportunity to network and engage with other dynamic female entrepreneurs, educators, other professional woman who share my same dedication to their careers and communities. As a result, I have gained new ideas and made lifelong friendships that perhaps would not have otherwise been available to me."

Johnson is an active member of the Mississippi Business Educators Association, American Academy of Professional Coders, American Health Information Management Association, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Anderson United Methodist Church.  She resides in Ridgeland with her husband, Michael, and their daughter, Nadya.

IN THIS PHOTO: Pictured is NaTunya Johnson, Ed.S, district department chair of the Business and Office Technology (BOT) Department at Holmes Community College, who was named to the Mississippi Business Journal 50 Leading Business Women Class of 2016.

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