About Rose

Rose W. Johnson-Tsosie
Distinguished Toastmaster, Inspirational-Motivational Speaker & Navajo Storyteller

Many of Rose's life experiences are told as award-winning stories. Her current goal is to finalize and publish her book, "A Navajo Miracle," and "A Blind Navajo Speaks." The "Miracle" book tells of her adoption by a white family and later reunion with her natural family. With inspirational and humorous life experiences, her "Blind Navajo Speaks" books will delight all ages. In 1997, Rose was recognized in the book, "Surviving Two Worlds," which tells her adoption story along with many other stories of Native American people living in the "non-Indian world." In 1999 she was recognized in the book, "Native American Testimony: "Reuniting with Beauty." A CD, "The Blind Navajo Speaks" containing various stories and life experiences is also available.

Rose has been a guest speaker and presenter at businesses and non-profit organizations throughout Arizona, Northern California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. In Utah alone Rose has presented at: Utah Museum of Natural History, Salt Lake City, Utah, ARUP Laboratories, University of Utah Hospital, LDS Family History Center. Rose is a member of the Olympus Storytellers Guild where she is involved in storytelling and served as a workshop presenter at Utah StoryFest2006 conference.

Ms. Johnson-Tsosie has been an active member of Toastmaster's International for more than 18 years. She has served in leadership positions both in California and Utah. In October 2006, she received her second Distinguished Toastmaster Award (DTM). She also received the Toastmaster's Hall of Fame Award in 2002; Giant of the District and Presidential Citation Award in 2007. Rose has dedicated much time as a keynote speaker, seminar workshop leader; and inspirational speaker at various youth detention centers, schools, churches, and civic groups.

In 2002, Rose was diagnosed with Diabetes and Glaucoma. After six surgeries, and 98% peripheral vision loss, she is an advocate on health issues such as diabetic complications, blindness and neuropathy. In 2005-2006, Rose appeared in a TV commercial for UCARE which is shown daily throughout the Wasatch Front.

Her true Christmas story, "Do Angels Live Here?" was published in the Desert Newspaper, Church News, December 2002. Also, for many years Rose has been involved in the American Indian community both in California and Utah. In 2004, she was released as board member on the Indian Walk-In Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Rose is now a part-time service missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Library and guest workshop presenter at various genealogy conferences throughout Utah speaking on American Indian Genealogy and Writing Your Own History for both the LDS church and independent groups. (Updated 2008)

Speaking before a Toastmaster open house gathering called, "Evening with an American Indian," Ms. Johnson-Tsosie was asked to do a "rain dance." She replied, "Sorry, the Navajo People do not have the rain dance" She then asked the audience to participate in a traditional "circle friendship dance." The next day she received many calls from the attendees stating she was a very powerful speaker. Why? It rained. – The Presbyterian Church Open House, 1994

HONORS & RECOGNITION 1972-1973 California North Mission, Sacramento, CA 1975 Utah State University, Associates Degree-Office Administration, Logan, UT 1976-1980 Tsosie Research, Owner, Washington, DC 1980 Outstanding Young Women of America, Washington, DC 1979-1982 Tsosie Clothing Designs, Washington, DC and Denver CO 1982 Lt. Governor of Colorado recognizes Rose Tsosie Designs, Denver, CO 1983-1985 Arizona Holbrook/Phoenix Mission, Holbrook, AZ 1990-1992 YWCA Board Member, Palo Alto, CA 1990-1992 American Indian Center of Santa Clara Valley - Board member, San Jose, CA 1995 - SERTOMA, Life Member: Fundraising for hard of hearing and deaf children, Sunnyvale, CA 1997 Book, "Surviving in Two Worlds." by Lois Crozier-Hogle & Darryl Wilson, Texas University Press. 1999 Book, "Native American Testimony," A Chronicle of Indian-White Relations from Prophecy to the Present 1942-2000, by Peter Nabokov, Penguingroup.com Publishers. 1999 The Herald Journal Newspaper, "A Tale of Two Mothers," Mike Ingraham, Logan, UT 2000 Toastmaster International's Distinguished Toastmaster Award (DTM2), Ogden/SLC, UT 2000-03 University of Utah, Native American Studies (undergraduate work), SLC, UT 2003 Desert Newspaper, Christmas Memories: "Do Angels Live Here," December 2003 2002 Toastmaster International "Hall of Fame Award" Boise, ID 2000-04 American Indian Walk-In Center, Board member, SLC, UT 2005 Mom's Little Garden-Birth Stories Website, "Unlocking the Puzzle of Learning" 2006 ASK Entertainment Speakers Bureau, LLC, "A Blind Navajo Speaks," SLC, UT 2005-2006 U-CARE Commercial shown throughout the Wasatch Front (Utah) 2006 Standard Examiner Newspaper, "Young at heart-assisted-living facility helps with daily needs," 2006 Toastmaster's Two Triple Crown Awards and Distinguished Toastmaster Award (DTM2), SLC, UT 2006-2007 Toastmaster Giant of the District 15 Award, 2007, SLC, UT 2007 Toastmaster's Presidential Citation Award, 2007, Phoenix, AZ SPEAKER & WORKSHOP PRESENTER ¨ American Business Women's Association, SLC, UT ¨ Ancestors Found Group – 2007 Family Heritage Jamboree in St. George, Logan, UT ¨ ARUP Laboratories and at the 20th Anniversary Celebration, SLC, UT ¨ Bountiful Women's Literary Club, Bountiful, UT ¨ Bountiful Multi-Regional Family History 2007 Conference, Bountiful, UT ¨ Channel 4 News with James Brown, SLC, UT ¨ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Library – SW Indian Genealogy Training Instructor and Presenter - Annual American Indian Series, SLC, UT ¨ Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA ¨ Heritage Place Center, Bountiful, UT ¨ Indian Walk In Center, Salt Lake City, UT ¨ International Association of Administrative Assistants, Palo Alto, CA ¨ KCRL – Indian Program, Radio Station, Salt Lake City, UT ¨ Little Feathers Group, SLC, UT ¨ Los Altos Women's Organization, Los Altos, CA ¨ Mid-Peninsula YWCA, Palo Alto, CA ¨ Menlo Presbyterian Church, Menlo Park, CA ¨ Navajo Winter Storytelling Festival 2006, SLC, UT ¨ Primary Children's Hospital, Nurse's Week, SLC, UT ¨ Reid Private School, SLC, UT ¨ San Mateo Youth Detention Center, San Mateo, CA ¨ SERTOMA of Sunnyvale, California ¨ Toastmaster's International, Region I Presenter3, SLC, UT; Seattle, WA; Eugene, OR; and presenter at the International Convention 2007 in Phoenix, AZ ¨ Title VII Education, Storytelling Festival, 2006 @ BYU, Provo, UT ¨ UCARE 2005-2006, TV Commercial, SLC, UT ¨ University of Utah-Fort Douglas Theater, SLC, UT ¨ University of Utah Hospital, SLC, UT ¨ Utah Museum of Natural History, SLC, UT ¨ Utah Storytellers Guild, Olympus Chapter, SLC, UT ¨ Utah Storyteller's Guild StoryFest. 2006 Conference, SLC, UT ¨ Utah Division of the Blind & Low Vision, SLC, UT ¨ Various K-12 schools. Palo Alto and San Mateo, CA and SLC, UT