(Springfield, IL.) The Lincoln Academy of Illinois chose Women’s History Month to introduce its “The Lincoln Laureates” podcast episode with Laureate Sheila Crump Johnson as the latest addition to its podcast’s inaugural season lineup. The American businesswoman has the distinguished honor of being the first woman to be a stakeholder in three professional sports franchises and the first African American woman to attain a net worth of $1 billion dollars.
The daughter of a neurosurgeon father and accountant mother, the CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts and co-founder of B.E.T. (Black Entertainment Television) was named a Lincoln Laureate upon receiving the Order of Lincoln, the state of Illinois’ highest honor, in 2019.
Established in 1964 by (then) Governor Otto Kerner, the Lincoln Academy of Illinois is a statewide
organization created to recognize and honor those leaders who have contributed to the “Betterment of Humanity.” The Lincoln Laureates podcast series was specifically created to showcase these remarkable individuals.
Laureate Johnson’s conversation with award winning broadcast journalist Ron Claiborne reveals resiliency as the secret sauce of her pay-it-forward life, filled with riches.
“Financial considerations aside, the Lincoln penny is now my favorite form of U.S. currency,” Johnson tells Claiborne. “On a penny, Mr. Lincoln is always facing right, which in a traditional linear timeline means he’s forever facing forward, and forever looking to the future.” she continues. “Of all the changes over the years, three design elements have remained constant- Abraham Lincoln, the date, and the words E Pluribus Unum…for many, one.”
Johnson’s episode is the fourth in a series of inaugural season episodes. An episode with Lincoln Laureate Captain James Lovell on the anniversary of Lovell’s historic Apollo 13 flight launches next month while an episode with baseball Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg is on deck for a for a July debut during baseball’s Hall of Fame induction weekend.
Promoted across the Lincoln Academy of Illinois’ social channels – Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn and on the Lincoln Academy website, The Lincoln Laureates podcast is available through Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher, with streaming available through the TuneIn App and via voice command.