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Jody Levison-Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker with nearly 30 years of experience in human services. She currently serves as the President and CEO of Social Current, an organization focused on advancing the work of the social sector through collaboration, innovation, policy, and practice excellence. Social Current brings together human/social service organizations and partners to leverage their collective experience and research to drive continuous evolution and improvement in the field.\
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Key Takeaways
  • Being too direct and honest can be your biggest strength or your Achilles heel
  • Authenticity is what’s most important to Jody
  • Being emotionally intelligent is one of the most important skills to have as a leader
  • Her organization focuses on advancing the work of the social sector

Jody Levison-Johnson’s Bio

Jody Levison-Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker with nearly 30 years of experience in human services. She currently serves as the President and CEO of Social Current, an organization focused on advancing the work of the social sector through collaboration, innovation, policy, and practice excellence. Social Current brings together human/social service organizations and partners to leverage their collective experience and research to drive continuous evolution and improvement in the field. Jody is a longstanding champion for systems change which results in the ability for individuals and communities to thrive. Over several decades, her career has crossed a variety of settings including private providers and state and local governments. Much of her work has focused on cross-sector alignment to benefit children, youth, and families. Jody’s experience leading system reform efforts across the country has prompted her interest in the environmental contexts that surround leadership of deep change in social and public systems. Jody holds a Master of Social Work degree from Syracuse University and a Master of Arts and PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University.

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