From launching a growing hospitality empire to her work in the film industry and incubating the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs, Sheila C. Johnson is a study in success. Following are some of her many achievements:

  • Founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, with luxury properties in Virginia, Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina.
  • Vice chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment.
  • On the executive committee of the United States Golf Association.
  • Partner in Mistral, maker of bath, body and home products.
  • Co-founded WE Capital, a venture capital consortium to support and empower female-led enterprises to advance transformational social change.
  • On the board of the Greater Washington Partnership, which seeks to strengthen the region’s global position as a center for commerce and innovation.
  • Producer of four documentary films: Kicking It, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival; A Powerful Noise, which premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival; She Is the Matador; and The Other City, a critically acclaimed portrayal of the HIV/AIDS crisis in Washington, D.C., which premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.
  • Honoree at USF MUMA College of Business 2017 Celebration of Free Enterprise.
  • Helped finance the Screen Actors Guild; her film The Butler, featured Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Forest Whitaker, for lead actor, and Oprah Winfrey, for supporting actress.
  • Founder and chair of the Middleburg Film Festival, an annual celebration of independent film inaugurated in 2013.
  • On the Board of Governors of Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.
  • Member of the Leadership Council at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.
  • Board member of the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
  • Board member of the International African American Museum in Charleston, S.C.