Mercedes Ramirez Johnsons inspires others to make their life count. Her keynotes are transformational, inspiring, passionate, and authentic.
Her story stems from being one of four survivors in a 1995 commercial plane crash that killed 160 people, including her parents. Mercedes offers both content and inspiration that leaves people with workable solutions to overcome challenges.
Her proprietary Second Chance Living™ concept, an innovative mindset and approach with a proven track record, offers participants a blueprint for change along with specific tools they can use immediately in their professional and personal endeavors.
She is also impacting safety programs and initiatives with her message.
Mercedes presents her message to all types of organizations from businesses to faith-based groups, government agencies, and higher education institutions across North America. Clients include Verizon, General Electric, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the National Catholic Youth Conference among others.
She also had a career in high-level pharmaceutical and medical software sales. Mercedes is a multi-million dollar producer and was the youngest female and sole Latino account executive at Cerner Corporation. She understands what today’s professionals face and has the ability to cross all barriers.
She has been on ABC Prime Time, the BBC, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Health, and the Montel Williams Show. Major media outlets have covered her repeatedly.
Mercedes was recognized as a top young Hispanic rising star by People Magazine’s Spanish edition, and People en Español. INROADS, Inc., an international organization, named her Alumni of the Year.
In addition, she was honored as Volunteer of the Year for Christ Haven for Children, a home for neglected children in Texas. In memory of her parents, she established a scholarship for minority students at Northwest Missouri State University, where she actively serves as an Executive Member of the university’s Foundation Board and was named Young Alumni of the Year.