BORN TO LEAD.
COMPELLED TO EMPOWER.
DETERMINED TO INSPIRE. ™
Lauryn Johnson (more affectionately known as "Elle Jay") is a visionary leader, coach, consultant and motivational speaker who specializes in vision alignment, conceptualization, strategic planning as well as execution. As a lover of Christ, she remains imperfectly devoted to honoring God while mobilizing the missions of her nonprofit organization, T.R.U.S.T., Inc., as well as her business endeavors via ELLE JAY Leads*.
About Elle Jay
Lauryn Johnson (more affectionately known as "Elle Jay") is a visionary leader, coach, consultant, and motivational speaker who specializes in vision alignment, conceptualization, strategic planning as well as execution. As a lover of Christ, she remains imperfectly devoted to honoring God while mobilizing the missions of her nonprofit organization, T.R.U.S.T., Inc., as well as her business endeavors via ELLE JAY Leads*.
Elle Jay graciously volunteers as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of To Respect, Unite, Support & Teach, Inc. ("T.R.U.S.T., Inc."), which develops young adults as servant leaders and positive change agents in communities of Virginia and Georgia. She has passionately served in T.R.U.S.T. since 2006 and has been able to lead, train, and impact the lives of more than 1000 college students. Nevertheless, in the midst of what became a near decade career in higher education and city government, and while still volunteering for T.R.U.S.T., she knew God was calling her for more.
Once she decided to believe God for more, her life brought forth many defining, painful yet gainful moments, especially as she learned to accept and continues to refine her day-to-day walk with clinical depression and anxiety. Nonetheless, she is a survivor. With a multitude of disappointments and struggles that led to several suicide ideations, God further expanded her ability to see what He was doing within her all along as He spoke to her one day and said: “It’s time to shift, Lauryn!”
Late one Summer evening of 2016, Elle Jay sat in her apartment living room accompanied by her roommate and was inspired to draft the first iteration of His instructions to her. She became an entrepreneur; ELLE JAY Leads* was founded – a business purposed to lead (wo)men to gain clarity and confidence in who they are meant to be while aligning their life (and business) with what God envisions. After many highs and lows associated with building a new business, ELLE JAY Leads* has since evolved into a coaching, consulting, and motivational speaking company that empowers leaders and founders of diverse backgrounds to live life and do business purposefully in alignment with God’s vision.
Elle Jay finds purpose in leading leaders and founders to shift into God's vision for their lives and businesses. Her primary strategy is getting persons like you to recognize and operate in what God has already placed on the inside of you – vision, purpose, and gifts. She relishes in providing avenues for leaders and founders to gain clarity, a renewed purpose, confidence, and strategies to enhance their lives and businesses God’s way.
Here are a few random facts about her:
Elle Jay is a daddy’s girl, her mommy’s best friend, and the godmother of a handsome, brilliant, and joyful Black boy.
She is a proud alumnus of Old Dominion University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations, and has Master of Public Administration from Kennesaw State University.
Outside of her involvements with T.R.U.S.T., Inc. and ELLE JAY Leads*, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, being in nature, serving communities, writing, laughing and dancing.
Her favorite quote by Mahatma Ghandi states we must "be the change [we] wish to see in the world," and that is certainly what Elle Jay strives to do daily.