Alison Sparks Johnson
Biography
Alison Sparks JohnsonLeadership Development Consultant/Executive CoachRightFit Strategies, LLC

Alison is a dynamic Human Resources Executive who has held business leadership roles spanning marketing, communications, and human resource disciplines, working in a variety of industries. She is currently serving as a Leadership Development Consultant and Executive Coach with RightFit Strategies, LLC. Previously, she was with Vernal Management Consultants in Milwaukee, WI, where she was appreciated for her ability to reduce complex issues into manageable bite-sized root causes. Before this, Alison was the top human resources executive for TomoTherapy Incorporated, a public medical device/high technology company, with an installed base in 24 countries. In this position, Alison was a member of the Executive Team, and had global oversight of corporate-wide talent strategies including compensation and benefits, organizational strategy and design, talent recruitment and succession, technical and leadership training, employee engagement, and HR-related risk-management practices.

Prior to TomoTherapy, Alison served as SVP, Human Resources at Arc Worldwide, a division of the Publicis Groupe Communications Network, and the lead HR officer for the Marketing division/CMO at Discover Financial Services. Early in her career, she held account management positions and had P&L responsibility at various advertising and communication companies, working on blue-chip clients such as McDonald's, Wendy's, AT&T Wireless, Amoco Oil (BP), and Procter & Gamble.

Alison graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communications from Drake University; earned a KMI Program certificate from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management; and has her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from The HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) from SHRM. She is also a certified practitioner in Emotional Intelligence (Institute for Health and Human Potential); Hogan Assessments; and Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

Alison currently resides with her husband, Terry, in Madison, Wisconsin, and she serves/has served as a member of both community and charitable organizations in the Chicago and Madison areas. Her passion outside of work extends to the equestrian world, where she enjoys riding & competing in the discipline of show jumping.