Alison Sparks Johnson
Biography
Alison Sparks JohnsonLeadership Development Consultant/Executive CoachVernal Management Consultants, 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 Vernal Management Consultants in Milwaukee, WI, where she is 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.