Rubina F. Malik,Ph.D.

Rubina F. Malik,Ph.D.

As a strategic advisor, thought leader and scholar, Dr. Malik is a champion of anything that supports career sponsorship and leadership development within organizations. She is an expert in helping organizations create sustainable leaders. Rubina’s authentic style creates trust, prompting clients to gain self-awareness thus driving internal and external change to reach their highest level of performance and effectiveness. In return, making organizations in which they are working become successfully in both the economic marketplace and the marketplace of ideas!

As a scholar-practitioner, she has combined academic research and both industry and teaching experience to develop a unique and powerful approach to her work. She provides skilled assistance to help organizations and individuals successfully navigate the realms of career sponsorship and talent development to enhance the engagement, retention, and promotion of diverse candidates. All of these initiatives are aimed at creating sustainable skills that offer enhanced performance and greater profitability. Competitive edge-driving organizations from start-ups to Fortune 500 global brands depend on her support and expertise to propel programs such as mentoring, career sponsorship and leadership development.

As a Senior Assistant Professor at Morehouse College, she is frequently published in industry magazines, including highly respected academic and business journals such as The Harvard Business Review. To forward her efforts to develop leaders discusses her ideas via being a Tedx speaker, SXSW mentor and a popular guest speaker at conferences and podcasts.

Additionally, Rubina is a Tedx speaker, SXSW mentor and a popular guest speaker at conferences and podcasts. She is frequently published in industry magazines, including highly respected academic and business journals such as The Harvard Business Review. To fulfill her passion and commitment to the community, she is on several non-profit boards that actively support education and equity-based incentives.
Overall, Rubina takes her over 15 years of experience coaching leaders at all levels across diverse industries and uses her broad experience and skills in areas critical to enhancing leaders, teams, and talent development. Her capabilities run the full spectrum of individual and enterprise-wide improvement. Rubina has concentrated her efforts on talent development, facilitating leadership development planning and training, diversity and inclusion, strategic execution, and implementing successful succession planning strategies.

Johnson is the Founder, Chief Visionary and Chief Executive Officer of The Johnson Leadership Group, LLC, and an Independent certified coach, mentor, trainer and speaker with the nationally recognized John Maxwell Team, where he leads learning experiences that are tailored to meet the specific needs of the audience to  help maximize efficiency, growth, awareness and effectiveness.

Johnson enjoyed a 34-year career (retired) in the federal government and private industry as a middle-to-senior level leader. He led workforce development/ training, organizational change, acquisition/procurement, customer service, client relationships, security, budget/finance, records management, property administration, facilities, information technology and human resources organizations. He was a key leader on the National
Performance Review for Procurement and Customer Service Reform, under the first Clinton Administration, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee on Procurement Reform, and wrote testimony that was presented before the District of Columbia Committee on Government Operations.

Johnson lives in Clarksville, Maryland with his wife of 27 years, Gail, and together, raised three sons – Kevin, Christopher, and Cameron.

Past and Present Clientele:

Microsoft; Cisco; CDC; UPS; ITSMF; Streamlined Media; Ascend; University of Georgia;
Georgia State University; Morehouse College.

Relevant Experience for The Federal Sector and Its Senior Level Executives:

  • Coached Directors and their teams to develop leadership competencies as well as team culture.
  • Facilitated professional development series to impact culture.

Assessments & Certifications:

  • DiSC Profile Assessment Facilitator
  • Team Coaching International (TCI) Facilitator
  • EQi (Emotional Intelligence)
  • Kolbe

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership and Executive Coaching
  • Leadership Development Team
    and Individual Performance
  • High Performance, High potential and Emerging Leaders coaching
  • Career Coaching
  • Enhancing skills essential for professional and leadership development
  • Mentoring Program Development

ICF Coaching Credential

  • Active Member – Maryland chapter 
  • Over 250 total hours coached toward ACC credential

Coaching Credential:

  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC); International Coaching Federation 2013 – Present
  • Professional Coaching Certificate (PCC), New Ventures West

Industry & Sector Experience:

  • Corporate, Federal Government, Private & Nonprofit


  • Ph.D. in Human Resources Organization Development University of Georgia
  • MBA in Marketing Mercer University
  • BS in Industrial Psychology Georgia State University
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