Speaking & Training

Who is Johnny’s Mom?

Laura Stack is Johnny Stack’s mom, and she is his greatest Ambassador. Laura Stack is better known by her professional moniker, The Productivity Pro®. She is a Hall-of-Fame Speaker and corporate spokesperson for many major brands. Laura is a bestselling author of eight books on productivity and performance topics with a large social media following, and she has given keynote speeches and training seminars to major corporate, association, and government audiences for nearly 30 years.

Nonprofit Founder & CEO

Laura Stack suddenly acquired the undesired wisdom of knowing what it’s like to lose one’s child. Soon after Johnny died, Laura filed for and received 501c3 nonprofit status for Johnny’s Ambassadors, Inc., with a mission is to educate parents and teens about the dangers of today’s high-THC marijuana on the developing adolescent mind. She hopes to help other parents, grandparents, teachers (and frankly all adults with teens in their lives) by honestly and boldly sharing Johnny’s story of his high-potency marijuana use and subsequent marijuana-induced psychosis and schizophrenia.

Laura now uses her platform to bring to bring education, awareness, and prevention curriculum to parents and middle/high school students to raise awareness of THC use, mental illness, and suicide. By helping Johnny help others, Laura believes that saving other lives would be best best potential outcome to this great tragedy. She is determined to start a movement to bring teen marijuana use, mental illness, and suicide into the spotlight and get adolescents to #StopDabbing. Laura is now seeking funders to develop their teen online curriculum and has started a weekly webinar series for parents. She lives with her husband in Denver, Colorado and has two surviving adult children, ages 24 and 19.

Keynote Speeches and Seminars (live or virtual)

A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Death Resulting from Marijuana-Induced Psychosis – And How to Keep It from Happening to You

On the one-year anniversary of her son’s death by suicide, Laura Stack will publicly tell the story of Johnny Stack’s marijuana addiction for the first time from a parent’s point of view, a poignant chronicle of the shocking descent from innocence to eventual suicide. Before marijuana, Johnny was a computer whiz with a 4.0 GPA and a perfect math score on the SAT. He was a funny, charming, handsome young man, with a college scholarship and a bright future. After marijuana, he was an abusive wraith who stole his family dog from the home and threatened to kill it without payment from his mother. With moving candor, Laura traces the first warning signs, their attempts at rehabilitation, her desperation, and his demise.

Learning Objectives
During this one-hour presentation, Laura will discuss:

  • Who’s Johnny? A Beautiful Boy, a Beautiful Life
  • Marijuana, Dabbing, and the Downhill Slide
  • What Happened?
  • Parental Rationalizations and Blind Spots
  • How Marijuana Impacts Adolescent Brain Development and Causes Mental Illness*
  • What I Should Have Done
  • What You Can Do
  • The Death of a Son and Birth of a Mission

* Laura’s presentation uses research-based evidence, verified by Johnny’s Ambassadors Scientific Advisory Board.

Through this tragic, transparent tale, Stack hopes to use her pain to help parents talk to their children about the dangers of today’s marijuana on the developing adolescent mind and help prevent more senseless deaths.

Marketing Handles

Spokesperson. She is or has been a spokesperson for Fellowes, Xerox, Dannon, Belvita, Microsoft, 3M, WB Mason, Office Depot, QVC, and Day-Timer.

Media-savvy: Laura has appeared on CNN, QVC, CBS “This Morning,” Fox News, and countless local and national TV and radio programs, as well as in print and web publications such as USA Today, CNN.com, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Platform. Laura has given 60-80 keynote speeches and seminars a year for nearly 30 years. She has 38K+ twitter followers and 15K+ LinkedIn followers.

Prestigious client base. Her productivity-improvement programs have helped 500+ clients such as Wal-Mart, Starbucks, Microsoft, MillerCoors, Heinz, IBM, Aramark, and VISA.

Notoriety. Laura enjoys a high profile, visible industry presence as the 2011-2012 President of the National Speakers Association and Speaker Hall of Fame.

Laura’s Expertise

30-year for-profit entrepreneur of  The Productivity Pro® and Leadership USA.

  • Parent Suicide Survivor
  • QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper
  • LivingWorks Start Training in Suicide Prevention
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification
  • Hall of Fame keynote speaker, CPAE
  • Certified Speaking Professional, CSP
  • Masters of Business Administration, MBA
  • Past President of the National Speakers Association
  • Experienced media authority
  • Experienced with obtaining high-level sponsors and partnerships
  • Spokesperson for large brands
  • Large existing community of followers
  • Author of eight books by major publishers (with a 9th being written on Johnny’s story)

“Forge ahead despite your pain and give meaning to your loss.”
– Laura Stack