Clifton Ellis Johnson
Founder & Executive Director
EMPOWER Series, Inc.
Clifton Ellis Johnson is a community servant inspiring people to thrive in every area of their lives. He began the EMPOWER Series movement in 2011. Through live events and digital programs, the EMPOWER Series movement has given hope, inspiration and education to over 150,000 people. EMPOWER Series, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that facilitates financial capability and personal-development workshops, and connects people with resources to achieve their goals.
Clifton is a seasoned professional, with over 35 years of experience in wealth management, accounting, and executive leadership in the non-profit, financial services, telecommunication and natural gas industries. He achieves success through the collaborative efforts of people and building trusting relationships.
Clifton was a Wealth Advisor for USAA Investment Management Company, J.P. Morgan Chase and Ameriprise Financial Services. He also served as a Senior Consultant for Senn-Delaney Leadership and Vice President & Controller of Energas Company (A division of Atmos Energy Corporation).
Clifton has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington and is enrolled at Villanova University completing a Master of Public Administration degree with a Certification in Non-Profit Management. Clifton is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.. He is a former collegiate athlete (football) and now enjoys being a spectator from the stands. In 1984, he began attending the NCAA Final-Four Basketball Tournaments every year with his family including his uncle, Dr. James Frank, the first college president and African-American who served as Secretary-Treasurer (1979-81) and later Member President (1981-83) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He enjoys reading, working out, practicing yoga, traveling and sharing special moments with his family. Clifton has two children, Machele and Tyler.
My personal Quote:
“I believe that the quality of our lives is a function of the quality of our relationships. I grow and find purpose in facilitating insights that help people improve their personal and professional relationships and hence the quality of their lives.”