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Entrepreneur Cameron Johnson featured in inaugural lecture series

Cameron Johnson, one of the most successful young entrepreneurs in the world, will visit The University of Virginia’s College at Wise on April 17 to discuss ways that college students can pursue their dreams and find success in tough economic times.

Johnson is the inaugural speaker in the Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Lecture in Entrepreneurship Series. The lecture is set for April 17 at 1 p.m. in the C. Bascom Slemp Student Center.

Cameron JohnsonIn his lecture, “The Top 20 Percent: Calling Your Own Shots,” Johnson contends that graduating college students, for the first time in history, are not projected to be better off than their parents’ generation. According to Johnson, only 20 percent of recent grads are finding employment. The rest are struggling to meet their personal and financial goals, or accepting jobs they're woefully over-qualified for, Johnson says.

Although he presents a bleak picture, Johnson believes it doesn't have to be this way. In this practical lecture, Johnson explores options and states that students and graduates can find extraordinary success by doing what they love.

Johnson consults with Fortune 500 companies and garners extensive media coverage from CNN, The New York Times, CNBC and hundreds of other outlets. He was a runner up on Oprah Winfrey’s first prime time series, The Big Give, about philanthropy and business.

Starting at the age of nine, Johnson has founded more than a dozen successful businesses, many of which he's sold. Johnson was earning $15,000 a day by the age of 15. By the time he left high school, he had a dozen profitable businesses under his belt. Overseas, he was the youngest American appointed to the board of a Tokyo-based company, and even hosted Beat the Boss, a popular entrepreneurial show on the BBC. Johnson is the author of “You Call the Shots,” and has spoken to hundreds of audiences on subjects varying from business to social media to the economy.

For more information, contact College Relations at 276-376-1027.