Sheila C. Johnson is a successful entrepreneur and impassioned philanthropist. As CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, a company she founded in 2005, Johnson oversees a growing portfolio of luxury properties including the highly anticipated Salamander Resort & Spa (opened in August 2013) and Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay. Johnson is also the only African-American woman to have ownership in three professional sports teams (the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, the NBA’s Washington Wizards and the NHL’s Washington Capitals). She is a partner in ProJet Aviation, an aviation service company specializing in aviation consulting, aircraft acquisitions, management, and charter services. Johnson has long been a powerful influence in the entertainment industry, as a founding partner of Black Entertainment Television (BET) and most recently as a film producer. A fervent supporter of the arts and education, Johnson was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. An accomplished violinist, Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Illinois, as well as honorary degrees from numerous other institutions.