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Onward & Upward: S2:E7 Dr. Johnecia Mason

One Such Outstanding Woman is Dr. Johnecia L. Mason, Educator, College Professor & Creator of Rodney’s Gift Nonprofit. Thanks so much to Dr. Johnecia for joining us for Season 2 of Onward & Upward with Leslie E. Royal, brought to you by Ashro.

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What Does Onward & Upward Mean to You?

“Onward and upward? Oh my, those two words. Onward and upward to me mean you just gotta keep going. There is just bigger and better, onward just like it’s not backward, it’s just gonna be forever going, and upward, you always have to look north, it’s always up and I’m always constantly looking up because I’m always talking to my son, ’cause I know he’s always looking down, I’m always talking to my grandparents who are up there and so onward and upward just lets me know that I have to continue to press forward, I have to keep looking straight ahead. And so it just means going forward, just keep going for your train. Just keep them at the forefront, keep them at your windshield and not looking back in your rear view mirror, just keep looking forward and you will make it, you will get there. Yes, there will be bumps, but at least, you know what? You keep pressing forward, you keep your foot on the accelerator. You may have to break a time or two, but let’s hope that you never have to put that car in reverse and look back. It’s okay if you do, but keep at the forefront that onward and upward, going forward, keeping in that going north mentality will definitely keep you going and keep you strong. So that’s what onward and upward means to me. Just keep looking ahead and just keep going forward.”

— Dr. Johnecia L. Mason

Dr. Johnecia L. Mason is a Business Professor at Georgia Piedmont Technical College and Beulah Heights University. She is a 2004 cum laude graduate of Spelman College and furthered her educational studies by obtaining an MBA in Management/Leadership in 2006 and a Doctorate in Business Administration, with a concentration in International Business in 2010.

She is a 2008 Power 30 under 30 Finalist for the City of Atlanta and was one of six 2007 Upcoming Superwomen under the age of 25 by the Atlanta Tribune Magazine. She serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia and she was recently selected to be included in the 19th edition of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta.

High scholastic standards and service have always been a major factor and influence in her life. She brings a plethora of skills to any organization, including marketing, volunteer management, and fundraising. She has volunteered with several organizations, including The American Cancer Society-Relay for Life and March of Dimes-March for Babies. She serves because she loves helping others.

She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Berean Christian Church, and Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of GA, where she currently serves as President of the Board of Directors. Dr. Mason and her husband recently started a nonprofit, Rodney’s Gift, Inc., in memory and in honor of their two sons, Rodney III and Rodney IV.

Rodney’s Gift, Inc. has three aims: 1) educate individuals and communities on the benefits of having healthy pregnancies and support research efforts to prevent the birth of unhealthy babies and maternal death 2) provide resources to families that face complicated pregnancies and births, and 3) offer financial scholarships to individuals entering the medical field, specifically in the area of neonatology. She resides in Covington, GA with her husband, Rev. Dr. Rodney Alex Mason, Jr. and they have two sons.

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Ashro Brand Ambassador Leslie E. Royal is also an author, international freelance writer, product review expert, and global travel journalist. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including: Medium, ESSENCE, Black Enterprise,, AAA Southern Traveler, Upscale, Upscale Living, and The Ashro Blog. She is the creator of the Leslie’s Lane consumer information blog and author of two books.

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