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.
Second Chance Living™
What will you do with your second chance?
Many people feel so overwhelmed by daily pressures and obligations that they find themselves in Survival Mode, operating with the assumption that there will always be a tomorrow in which they can fix today’s problems, right today’s wrongs and take care of the truly important things they wished they’d done today. Second Chance Living is a transformational program that moves participants to put their challenges in perspective and to carefully consider how the choices they make will profoundly affect their future. Mercedes’ message focuses on personal success, overcoming challenges and finding authentic fulfillment. Through her gripping, poignant and yet humorous account of her plane crash and long-fought recovery, Mercedes proves that everyone can achieve their dreams.
Fortune 500 companies, national associations, faith-based and women’s organizations, government agencies, major educational institutions and non-profit organizations have utilized this topic to:
- Develop and inspire their members
- Teach determination and leadership in the face of adversity
- Provide a truly memorable program that leaves a long-lasting impact
- Give participants tools they can apply to their lives immediately
Participants leave Mercedes’ presentations energized with:
- Increased confidence, knowing that no matter what challenges they may face in the future, they have the fortitude and ability to take ownership of their lives
- An inescapable understanding of the impact of their actions and the profound difference one person can make
- A healthy sense of urgency and renewed passion for life
- The three choices every individual can make to thrive rather than merely survive
- Awareness of the inner motivators that drive them to succeed and find fulfillment
- A grateful outlook that keeps life’s challenges and opportunities in perspective
Get It Right Today, Not Tomorrow
Do your employees and leaders spend too much time putting out fires and putting off until tomorrow what should be done today?
All too often we operate in Survival Mode – doing just enough to get the job done rather than doing a good job. Our goals are simply to endure the daily challenges, keep our heads above water and make it to the end of the week. Sound familiar? Individuals who routinely focus on surviving rather than thriving tend to be disengaged and unfulfilled. Organizations with Survival Mode cultures lose millions of dollars in productivity and struggle to achieve long-term profits and lasting success.
Get It Right Today, Not Tomorrow serves as a wake-up call. An eye-opening presentation that won’t be forgotten, it powerfully dispels the notion that there will always be a tomorrow in which we can finish today’s important yet unfinished business. Weaving her inspirational story of tragedy, survival and recovery with solid business content, Mercedes challenges and changes the way people think and act. Her up-front dialogue, true-life examples and on-the-job application of real-world lessons moves audiences to work and live with intention.
Fortune 500 companies, leading healthcare organizations, national associations, government agencies and major educational institutions have utilized this topic to:
- Develop and inspire their members
- Develop their leaders
- Release the untapped potential in their people
- Improve employee engagement, loyalty and retention
- Enhance teamwork
- Increase sales and productivity
Participants leave Mercedes’ presentations energized with:
- A new sense of urgency and purpose and a renewed passion for work
- Personal ownership and accountability for their actions and results
- A blueprint for working and living with intention
- A big-picture mindset and a clearer perspective of their daily challenges
- An inescapable understanding of Situational Awareness and the profound difference one person can make
- Insight into the inner motivators that will keep them committed and engaged from within
- The three choices every individual can make that will have an immediate and positive impact on their job and the organization
Safety: Don’t Count on Second Chances
Can too much experience be a bad thing?
The pilots of Flight 965 were expertly trained, highly skilled and very experienced. Yet they were lulled into a false sense of security and a disregard for standard operating procedures that led to a series of human errors and, ultimately, the deaths of 160 people.
This one-of-a-kind presentation puts safety into the proper perspective and vividly demonstrates that the mistakes these pilots made are the same mistakes that anyone, in virtually any industry, can make on any given workday. Using the factual account of the crash of Flight 965 and safety investigation findings as anchors, Mercedes drives home the profound impact of individual choices and the devastating results of ignoring safety procedures. Participants will distinctly understand the difference between knowing about safety and putting safety into action.
Captivated audiences frequently comment that Mercedes’ true-life story of tragedy, survival and recovery is unlike any safety presentation they’ve ever experienced. A Hispanic woman in a male-dominated market, Mercedes is hailed as a fresh voice in the safety industry. Her genuine and personable style, combined with her knowledge of safety issues, ensures this presentation and its lessons won’t be forgotten.
Professional safety associations, the U.S. military and organizations from a wide array of industries – including construction, manufacturing, oil and gas, transportation and aerospace – have utilized this topic to:
- Establish and enhance a culture of safety where safety is not just a priority, but a key organizational value
- Introduce or reinforce behavior-based safety success
- Develop individual responsibility and accountability for safety on the job every day
- Provide a memorable, world-class program that leaves a long-lasting impact
Participants leave Mercedes’ presentations with a whole new mindset about safety, as well as tools they can put to use immediately on the job. Key takeaways include:
- An acute understanding that safety is a mentality not a mandate
- A commitment to personal accountability for safety
- The inescapable truth that experience and familiarity are no guarantee and can, in fact, create a dangerous complacency and false sense of security
- The hazards of disregarding standard operating procedures and taking “harmless” shortcuts
- The dangers of “going through the motions” and the importance of being fully intentional and engaged in the task at hand
- The significance of Situational Awareness and cross-accountability
“By far the best presentation I have ever attended for safety. Makes me completely rethink my safety policies.”
Jay Caviola, 153rd Det Commander, Army National Guard
“Very informative and captivating. A message that makes you think heavily about our own safety culture and a message we can take back to our employees. Very, very well done.”
Shawn Mydynski, HSE Coordinator, Suncor Energy
“The presentation was very uplifting and a unique way to show how actions in an everyday workplace could cause a serious event.”
“Mercedes’ message gave me new insights and showed me ways to overcome obstacles in my career and personal life. It even motivated me to get out in the field and make some sales!”