Danita Johnson Hughes

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Danita Johnson Hughes
Residence Valparaiso, Indiana
Nationality American
Alma mater Indiana University Northwest, University of Chicago, Walden University
Occupation Executive, author, speaker, columnist and television commentator

Danita Johnson Hughes is an American healthcare industry executive, professional speaker, author, columnist and television commentator.[1]


Danita Johnson Hughes is a certified trainer and speaker and is a member of the International Advisory Board of The Professional Woman Network and the John Maxwell Team. Dr. Hughes is the author of Power from Within: Discovering What You Already Have to Live Successfully, Influencing Today's Youth: Shaping the Behaviors, Expectations, and Aspirations of Tomorrow's Leaders,[2] The Unapologetic Woman: Leading with Power and Confidence,[3] and a contributing author for Becoming the Professional Woman. She also delivers seminar presentations and keynotes along with being a regular columnist for the Post Tribune Newspaper.

Additionally, Danita Johnson Hughes is President and CEO of Edgewater Systems,[4] a comprehensive health care provider specializing in behavioral health and primary care.[5] She is the only African-American female President/CEO of an Indiana Division of Mental Health certified Mental Health Center in the state of Indiana.[6]


Hughes is originally from Gary, Indiana and attended Gary West Side High School.[7] She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana University Northwest in Public Administration.[8] She continued her education earning another master's degree in Social Service Administration and a graduate certificate in Health Administration and Policy from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Human Services from Walden University, Minneapolis.[9]

Awards and honors

  • Calumet Community Hero Award
  • Gary YWCA Woman Power Award for Leadership (2001)
  • Distinguished Hoosier award from the Governor of Indiana (2001)
  • Influential Women of Northwest Indiana [Non-Profit category] (2012)[10][11]
  • Northwest Indiana Business Hall of Fame inductee (2013)
  • Drum Major Award from the Gary Frontiers Service Club (2016)[12]


  1. "The Importance of Civility in the Workplace" Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  2. "INFLUENCING TODAY'S YOUTH" Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  3. "THINKING BIG TO TRANSFORM YOUR CAREER" Action 7 Chicago News. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  4. "Calumet College of St. Joseph Celebrates Donors with Annual Trustees' Ball" PortageLife.com. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  5. "Edgewater Primary Care opens in Glen Park" Gary 411 News. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  6. "Party Masters has something for all occasions" Indiana Minority Business Magazine. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  7. "Local women are reasons why we honor March as Women’s History Month" Chicago Crusader. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  8. "Danita Johnson Hughes a guiding force in the community" Northwest Indiana Times. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  9. "Alumni Spotlight: August 2013" Walden University Alumni Association. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  10. "Alumni" Influential Women of Northwest Indiana. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  11. "Influential Women of NWI saluted during awards ceremony" Northwest Indiana Times. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  12. "'Pillars of community' named Drum Major Award recipients" Northwest Indiana Times. Retrieved 2017-05-30.

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