About Dr. Olenda Johnson

A native of Cheyenne, Dr. Olenda E. Johnson is Professor of Strategic Leadership and Leader Development at the U. S. Naval War College – a graduate-level institution for highly select military officers and federal civilians. As a lead contributor in the College of Leadership & Ethics, Olenda advises Navy senior leaders, develops strategy, and facilitates team efforts. In her primary role, she leads her team in developing and teaching a leadership course for 2-Star Navy admirals, Marine generals, and senior government executives. Olenda also works with other military units such as U.S. Army Special Forces Command to support their leader development programs.

A passionate teacher and educator, Olenda thrives on helping others learn and grow. As an often-invited speaker and facilitator, she shares her experiences and knowledge to instill in others the courage and confidence to lead in their unique circumstance. Olenda is a recipient of numerous honors and awards to include being honored by the Muhammad Ali Center as one of its Daughters of Greatness and receiving the Army Commander’s Medal for Public Service.

Olenda earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Pittsburgh, and both a B.S. and MBA from Florida A&M University. She holds joint appointments at the University of Victoria, Wellington School of Government and Business in New Zealand and Bentley University in Waltham, MA. Prior to joining the War College, Olenda was a tenured professor at North Carolina A&T State University. She also held previous visiting faculty appointments at the U.S. Army War College and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Mostly, Olenda finds the greatest joy in serving others – whether professionally, within her faith community, or among family and friends.