Dr. Johnny Lake
Dr. Johnny Lake is a scholar and speaker focused on teaching and learning around issues of leadership, diversity, race and culture, personal and organizational growth, cultural competency, and communication. Dr. Lake assists individuals and institutions to gain critical knowledge and skills, and develop effective methods and strategies to build and support positive and productive interactions and relationships in organizations and community to participate effectively in change, growth and process. He works with schools, governmental agencies, and business to enhance client services and develop key knowledge and skills to promote and manage productive change. He facilitates the development of resources and competency to help individuals and organizations meet the demands of a changing society.
Dr. Lake recently spent time in Turkey as a presenter in an international conference about dialogue across culture, language, religion and nationality. He now has two Turkish grandmothers. Dr. Lake assisted in facilitating communication conversations in Charleston, SC respecting challenging issues of race. Mayor Tecklenburg and his wife, Sandy, are using Dr. Lake’s book, Turtle’s True Friend, in Charleston schools to help young children to address and eliminate bullying behaviors.
Dr. Lake holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Willamette University. He has a Master’s and Ph.D. in educational leadership, policy, management and organization from the University of Oregon. Dr. Lake is an Associate Professor of Education and leads teacher and counselor preparation classes. He is an administrator on special assignment with the superintendent in the Eugene, OR 4J School District. Dr. Lake is also a former chairman of the State of Oregon Commission on Black Affairs. And finally, he is the grandson of Leonia Patrick of Tennessee.