The 2016 Women Leaders in Consulting: Beth Johnson

Consulting Women's Leadership Awards 2016

Beth Johnson Principal, Information Technology Consulting, RSM US 

Future Leader

Beth Johnson is the overall practice leader for RSM’s Information Technology Infrastructure Practice group for the firm’s Central Region. She specializes in overseeing the delivery of a broad suite of technology-related engagements across the tribal government and gaming industry with more than 150 network, enterprise content management and telephony engineers.

And Johnson has been making an impact. Her team has achieved double-digit growth for three years running, with significant growth in cloud and managed services. She’s led expansion into new markets and continues to build strong client relationships throughout the region. In addition, her team’s turnover rate is below industry average for technology consultants.

Johnson’s favorite aspect of consulting is “working with clients and helping them through their technology advancement. Second to that is developing good consultants with a broad background to deliver value to clients on a daily basis.”

Throughout her years consulting with RSM, Johnson has project managed, performed solely, and/or participated in numerous technology assessment and strategic planning engagements across the tribal gaming industry. She specializes in IT organizational development and overall governance methodology. Johnson takes pride in the game-changing solutions her team has provided to client—solutions that have made lasting impressions on their organizations.

But it almost didn’t happen. She started her consulting career by accident, but says she knew right away that this was the career for her. “I began in the software development business in the healthcare field and have loved working in technology ever since,” Johnson says. “Consulting is a bonus, being able to see technology deployed in different industries and environments, and being able to take the best approach to help others succeed is icing on the cake.”

What’s the best advice she’s ever received? “Take care of clients and everything else takes care of itself. Treat others like you want to be treated,” she says. And the advice she’d give to a female consultant beginning her career? “Surround yourself with inspiring, smart people, whether they are male or female.”

Outside her consulting role, Johnson also serves as a regional leader for RSM’s Diversity and Inclusion program. “Our 11-employee network groups are really helping our employees better understand how their growth and contributions support our firm’s success,” Johnson says. “Our women’s group is one of the largest with more than 800 members—both men and women—who are interested in helping women succeed at RSM. I find it very fulfilling to help other women achieve their career goals.”

And as far as winning the Women Leaders In Consulting award, Johnson says “it means being able to show others, who are passionate about their careers and the people they work with, that anything is possible.”

Consulting: What is your greatest personal or professional achievement?

Johnson: “Personally, running a half marathon, raising two kids, being happily married for over 23 years. Professionally, leading large teams through profitable growth for the last 16 years and developing a sales model that supports professional services growth.”