Keisha Talbot Johnson is research communications and special projects manager at Johnson C. Smith University’s Smith Institute for Applied Research. Prior to joining the university, Talbot Johnson served in several roles in higher education at such universities as Florida International University and Winthrop University. Talbot Johnson, who earned her MBA from Queens University of Charlotte serves as managing editor and project manager on various publications featuring Smith Institute’s research including a research magazine and two books celebrating the rich history and a strengths-based focus on the under-resourced community surrounding JCSU, an HBCU: Let There Be Light: Exploring How Charlotte’s Historic West End is Shaping a New South, and Ten Men: Examining the Passion and Progress of Black Men on Charlotte’s Historic West Side.
While at the University, Talbot Johnson co-founded Innovo Laboratory, an entrepreneurial leadership and soft skills program encouraging students to think of themselves as creators, innovators, and potential entrepreneurs. Talbot Johnson has served as adjunct faculty, and serves on the boards of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Circle at Queens University of Charlotte and Creative Reaction Lab, a social justice organization based in St. Louis, MO.