Marie Johnson is an educator, lecturer and a consultant, specializing in merchandising and consumer behavior, “Why do people buy”? Performance in the following fields of retail and the apparel industry with concentrations in: buying, store operations, marketing, merchandising, sourcing, product development, manufacturing, promotion, and advertising. Marie’s merchandising concepts emphasized “a differential advantage” and appearing in trade, local and national publications, and television featured interviews. A career that was employed by internationally known retailers, an entrepreneur of apparel manufacturing and a partner to Lester Hayatt, a noted designer that introduced” fashion camouflage” and accomplished some of the most innovative concepts to fashion in the US and international markets.
Marie is a retired educator: CUNY, SUNY and the New York City Public Schools.
Collector, Exhibitor, Supporter and Contributor to the Arts:
Patron – The Polk Museum, Lakeland, Florida(2016 – present)
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (2018-present)
Ringling College of Art and Design(2020)
M.S. Education, Touro College, NYC
Graduate Courses in Education, New School University, College of St. Rose, Albany, NY
B.A. Education / Psychology, Howard University
International Textile and Apparel Association
Sarasota World Affairs Council
United Nations Association
Howard University Alumni Association
Exhibit at Ringling College of Art and Design
Marie spends much of her time:
Developing curriculum to advance growth of industry programs
Viewing and updating research and resources with emphasis in developing and emerging markets
Mentoring former students are at the forefront of her interests and activities.
Supports and is an active participant to art and educational philanthropic events.
Consumer Behavior (Open Campus)
Consumer Behavior (Spring 2021)