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DMV CEO Resource: 1 Million Cups – Fairfax

Interview with Donnell Johns Sr. of Avision Worldwide & Founding Member of 1 Million Cups - Fairfax

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About 1 Million Cups: Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and engage with their communities over a million cups of coffee, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups in 2012—a free program designed to educate, engage and inspire entrepreneurs around the country. Through the power of volunteers, 1 Million Cups has grown to more than 180 communities.

As a program of the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups works with entrepreneurs, empowering them with the tools and resources to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses. Mr. Kauffman believed it was a fundamental right for anyone who had a big idea to be able to bring it to life—and we’re here to fulfill that mission.

About Donnell E. Johns Sr., Command Sergeant Major Retired, CEO of Avision Worldwide Leadership Consulting Firm is a Certified Business Coach (C.B.C.), Lean Six Sigma Black belt. He is also an innovative, strategic thinker with proven success in executing critical business objectives, making organizations successful, and facilitating collaborative decision making and planning. He has an intense focus on recruiting and retention, human capital improvement, performance, and organizational development with over 26 years’ experience in a variety of market sectors.

Donnell harnessed his training, education, experience, successes and failures to go from Private to Command Sergeant Major in the Army and now as Chief Executive Officer in corporate America. He believes that the most powerful asset of any organization is their people. Each organization is a sum of all parts working together to achieve results and is comprised of individuals with their own gifts and talents achieving results.

As the CEO of Avision Worldwide, he assists individuals and organizations to enhance their hiring process, manage strategic change, innovation, cultural transitions, and goal achievement

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