ALUMNA SPOTLIGHT





Stacii Jae Johnson

Stacii Jae Johnson, graduate of Spelman College (Class of 1993), is a dating and relationship expert who inspires badass single women who excel in most areas of their lives, except love on how to create power over their dating lives and attract the love they deserve. She is the founder of The Single Girls Club Conference (staciijaejohnson.com), The 1 Million Single Women Empowerment Movement (1millionsinglewomenchallenge.com) and author of the #1 Amazon Best Seller, “Date Girl 143 Reasons Why I Believe Women Should Date Multiple Men.” Most recently Stacii Jae released the 2nd edition to "Date, Girl!" which includes a self discovery guide with tools to help single ladies

along their dating journey.





What would you like to share about yourself?

Stacii Jae Johnson’s expert dating and relationship advice has been sought after by national print, radio, online, and television outlets including Essence, Good Day D.C., Sister Circle on TVOne, NBC, CBS, Black Enterprise, VIBE, News One with Roland Martin, FOX, BET, and Good Morning Washington. She gives single women the tools they need to live full and well-rounded lives, so that when they encounter love and find a life partner, they are able to enter that union whole, full of self knowledge, and aware of their individual value.


Before stepping out on faith and committing herself to creating a career, that dates back 13 years, from a passion she had for studying how “healthy romantic love works,” Stacii Jae was a successful political bundler for President Barack Obama, Kasim Reed (Mayor of Atlanta) and Hillary Clinton. You may also recognize Stacii Jae from hit films she starred called ‘A Thin Line Between Love and Hate’ with Martin Lawrence (as Peaches) and ‘How To Be A Player’ with Bill Bellamy (as Sherri) and BET Networks docu-series called From The Bottom Up” (seasons one and two). Stacii Jae has since committed herself to her life mission: to inspire, empower and equip 1,000,000 single women with the tools needed to have healthy romantic relationships.


For her sassy and unapologetically candid dating, love and relationship advice, national print, radio and TV outlets seek after Stacii Jae. She offers her "Coach To Love" classes (1:1 and group coaching) to women all across the country virtually and in person in Atlanta. She spends most of her time on the road touring her books and speaking at various sorority, women's conferences, etc. Get instant access to Stacii Jae Johnson’s very candid, keep it real “12 Motivational & Dating Tips” (including a bi-weekly dating challenge delivered electronically with each tip) that are transforming single women’s romantic lives across the country by going to: JustDateGirl.Com/freedatingtips.com


Why it is important to give back to SC?

Spelman can't survive as the institution of higher learning that it has been historically without the support of the women who have graduated. As alum, we know that. However, we don't believe that our $1 counts because we all read the huge gifts Spelman receives from corporations, public personalities etc. We then say, well my little bit can't count. When in actuality it does count- in a BIG way. As a person who has been a successful political bundler for Mayor Kasim Reed, President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for them, I know how a simple $1 can add up and become much financially lucrative than major donations- because they are so few and far between.


What words of encouragement do you have to inspire our classmates to support

our Beloved Spelman?

The spirit of Spelman lives through us. And we have to no matter how many dollars we can give- just give. Stop thinking, rationalizing and judging how small or big a gift we have. By becoming more intentional with giving as alum, I believe we can do that. My suggestion is simple: Get a jar, a blue marker and write Spelman Gift on it. Everyday put $1 in that jar, each week empty your purse of all the lose change. Create a space for that jar in your house. Make it a ritual that daily you put minimum $1 in that jar and each week you clean your purse and put the change.


Can you share a special memory from your college years?
I entered Spelman, majoring in Political Science. I wanted to major in Theater, but my mom would not pay for college if I majored in theater. Going into my junior year, I decided to leave Spelman and attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in California. It is a very prestigious school that has trained many extremely successful actors. I auditioned and was accepted. I took out my own loans and left Spelman. But even though I was pursuing my love of acting, after my first year, I felt like I should have stayed at Spelman and finished. I felt like I didn't make the right choice because outside of my major, Spelman had begun in me something that attending AADA couldn’t give me. Spelman had started to create in me a consciousness and sophistication that I honestly didn't originally have coming out of high school. I was different and knew I was different. A pinch of the transition into The Spelman Woman had begun to grow inside of me. I began looking at the world differently and discovering the woman I wanted to be and represent in the world. I missed that. So I decided to go back to Spelman. But I didn't leave properly according to protocol.... when I say, I left. I LEFT!!!!!! Needless to say, I met with Dean Hill, who had been an advocate and support for me while at Spelman those initial two years. She knew I was very involved in student culture and government etc. She knew I was a good girl. I told her my story and she let me back in Spelman with NO push back even though I had not left “ properly”. I get emotional telling this story because she literally saved my life. She really did. She welcomed me back with open arms. I was more serious than I had ever been about school. My grades improved, I didn't graduate with my initial class, but I walked only one year later and I walked across that stage accepting my degree with cum laude honors- Theater Major. That's the spirit of Spelman.


How has SC impacted your life?
No place I can go and not have a sisterhood of Spelman women to reach out to for anything. Literally.... we are everywhere and doing BIG things in all arenas. That in itself has

been extremely impactful.


Will you be attending our 25-Year Reunion?
There is nothing like spending quality time with women who know you from way back. In my daily life, I don't get that. Most people that know me....know the Stacii Jae Johnson brand that happened AFTER Spelman. I love talking and sharing stories that I remember and hearing some stories that I don't remember. They crack me up. Spelman memories are the BEST. We were kids. So much life has happened since then and just thinking about being able to share in conversation with my Spelman Class of 1993 sisters just makes me smile.