Chief Experience Officer,
Shay Johnson

The Voice of Denver


Shay J is Changing The Narrative  to amplify our voices. I’m Shayla Johnson, but everyone calls me Shay J. I’m a journalist, media guru, and a highly sought after speaker and host based in Denver, Colorado. I take control of crowds and ask the questions we really want the answers to. The Mayor of Denver has credited me for changing the tide in his election as a result of being fearless in asking the important questions. Journalism has always been my passion, but now more than ever, I know just how important truthful, reliable information is and I do it for one reason… 

For The Culture. 

In times when performative leadership is running rampant, it’s hard to know who is taking action outside of social media. Though I love to talk the talk as the co-host of the Free Think Zone, I’ve made it my mission to put action behind my words as the: 

  • Founder of CTN Media 
  • Certified Eric Thomas Speaker 
  • Chair of Communications | Denver NAACP
  • Founder of Minority Business Accelerator 
  • Author of “12 Affirmations To Shift Your Life in 1 Year” 

Whether I’m being highlighted on the Tamron Hall Show, Roland Martin Uncensored, or CNN, the motive behind my actions stays the same, fighting for our voices to be heard. Nothing can change unless we first change ourselves and demand it. 

Why am I Changing The Narrative? 

I know how powerful we are when we are seen and heard in a true and authentic light. Before I started hosting events, I graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy of New York and created my own stage plays. Putting my feelings and words out there for everyone to hear was one of the scariest, yet most gratifying moments of my life because it was there I learned just how powerful our thoughts can be when we give them to the world and I knew I needed to help others do that too. Throughout the years, I’ve cultivated a relationship with the community to become a voice they trust so I can fight for our culture and make sure our people are highlighted and lifted.

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