Opening Luncheon

Tuesday, March 12 | 12:00 - 2:15 PM


Eartha Jean Johnson

CEO of Risk Mitigation Wordwide

Eartha Jean Johnson is CEO of Risk Mitigation Worldwide (formerly LegalWATCH), an award-winning company she formed in 1997 after practicing law for Exxon and working for the United States Department of Justice, Kutak Rock, and AT&T. 

Eartha uses her business background, experience and the knowledge she acquired practicing law to help executives avoid mistakes that often result in huge jury awards, compliance sanctions, negative media, and criminal liability. Eartha has earned a Juris Doctorate Degree; Master of Laws Degree in Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Law; Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration; and Associate Degree in Criminal Justice.  She is also certified in training and development and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation. Risk Mitigation Worldwide has earned numerous awards.

Eartha has been married for 39 years to her childhood sweetheart, Lonnie Johnson. They have three children, Teiva Bell, Tiera Johnson Williams and Antuan Johnson. Eartha, her husband and all three of their children are attorneys. 

Eartha has served as President of the Houston Lawyers Association; Chair of the African American Law Section of the State Bar of Texas; President, Texas Executive Women; Community Organizer, NPursuit of Justice; Board Member, Women Business Enterprise Alliance and Houston Minority Supplier Diversity Council; National Founding Member, WIPP ("Women Impacting Public Policy"); Board Member, NISH ("National Institute for the Severely Disabled"); Chair, Women's Lawyers Division of the National Bar Association; and served on the National Women's Business Council, a bi-partisan Federal government council that advises the President, Congress and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues important to women. Eartha is also a Trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation, and serves on University of Nebraska Law School Advisory Board. She is a WBENC Woman of Distinction and a member of the Women’s Leadership Forum.