Ep. 113 The Reasons You’re NOT Living Your Best Life Now


What’s stopping you from enjoying your life to the fullest?

There’s nothing worse than untapped potential. We all have dreams, goals, and visions of an ideal life that…believe it or not, is attainable. What’s stopping us from reaching it? 

Today, Dr. Geneva speaks to Silver Rae Fox, renowned coach and popular blog writer, about why many of us have failed to reach our “best life” status and how to overcome many of the roadblocks that prevent us from doing so. 

Silver deposits countless gems that everyone needs to hear. You don’t want to miss this! 



  • The dangers of complacency.
  • How rushing our goals hurts us. 
  • Tips for perseverance. 



  • “You have to want to – no one is going to make your dreams happen for you.” Silver Rae Fox, 6:20
  • “Enjoy the journey. There are things that happen along the way that are priceless.” – Silver Rae Fox, 11:30





Best known formerly by her birth name, Pat Evans, Silver Rae Fox rebranded and brought a heightened dedication to uplift and motivate others by sharing inspiration via public speaking engagements and radio show FOXOLOGY TODAY. Silver’s admirable career has spanned over 35 years of empowering others as a life consultant, coach, instructor, speaker, and presenter. 

As radio host of her own show, FOXOLOGY TODAY on Blog Talk Radio, Silver continues her life’s mission to uplift and motivate through sharing inspiration on the airwaves and speaking venues. Through her genuine desire and determination to help make the world a little bit brighter, Silver brings a confident, commanding, and engaging presence to every stage. As a skilled MC, Media Host, and speaker, she is poignant, expressive, and has the gift to flavor her dialog with wisdom, wit, and humor. Whether speaking in intimate groups, churches, corporate trainings, conference seminars, or in the spotlight on stage, Silver is passionate and powerful in her delivery. Her messages are always entertaining, enlightening, guaranteed to be insightful, and good for the heart and soul.

Some of her signature presentations include “What’s The Plan? Discovering Your Passion and Purpose in Life”, “The ‘F” Word: What Failure Really Means,” and “Be a Dreamer: You Can Be What You See.”

Silver is also the author of an audio ebook, an entertaining and humorous modern-day folktale entitled “Colored People,” and a workbook for aspiring speakers entitled “Talk Is Productive.”

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Ep.112 How to Use Your Passion to Help Others 

Do you ever wonder how you can help others? 

Today we have a special treat: a Morgan State University connection! Dr. Geneva speaks to fellow alumnus Matthew Reeds, millennial philanthropist and founder of the Reeds Fund, about how to turn your enthusiasm into ways to help others.

The Reeds Fund is a Baltimore-based not-for-profit that educates, advocates, and liberates families impacted by autism and sarcoidosis. 

After experiencing inadequacies within Baltimore, Maryland’s healthcare system first-hand, Reeds took action. He aims to destigmatize those who struggle with these issues, inform others who may be unaware of them, and fight against the socio-economic barriers that prevent many from receiving care.

Reeds is also a proud alumnus of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. He is a strong and youthful force in Baltimore in philanthropy, business, and community service. 

Matthew Reeds’ inspiring story will motivate you all to take action and use life’s circumstances to make a difference in the lives of others.


  • Turning personal passions into life-long ventures.
  • An in-depth look at the challenges autistic individuals may face. 


  • If challenges aren’t arising, then you aren’t pushing yourself; you’re being comfortable.” – Matthew Reeds, 13:45
  • “When you’re building something, sometimes it’s very hard for people to see the vision until it manifests.” – Matthew Reeds, 15:10
  • “In leadership, it’s critical to live in the present, but also think three steps ahead.” – Matthew Reeds, 31:33



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Ep 111 Mistakes Women of Color Make in the Corporate Workplace and How to Fix Them

Are you dealing with challenges at your workplace? Studies say women of color, especially Black women, experience huge barriers, unfair treatment, and lack of opportunities in the corporate workplace. 

Today, we speak with Linda Taliaferro, successful corporate executive and career advisor, about strategies to successfully navigate the workplace in corporate America, especially as a woman of color.


  • Imposter Syndrome at the workplace and how to deal with it
  • Examining the relationship between personal lives and professional lives.
  • How important are “work friends”?
  • How are we preventing ourselves from succeeding in the workplace?


  • “Negative self-talk can be a career-killer” – Linda Taliaferro (6:05)
  • “We should be eager, and understand the responsibility, of shifting the landscape.” – Linda Taliaferro (29:15)





Linda Taliaferro is the Vice President of Global Quality for Meritor, Inc.  Meritor Inc. is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking, and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industry markets. Linda has oversight for 38 sites and joint ventures located in 18 countries on 5 continents.

Linda is the Founder of The TEE – The Extra Effort, LLC, a career advisory service-based business helping women of color professionals shift their mindset, successfully leverage their strengths to be seen as a leader, positioned to get their shoulder tapped for the next level opportunity.

Before joining Meritor, Linda held the position of Global Quality, Environmental Health, and Safety Director at Littelfuse, Inc.  Before joining Littelfuse, Linda held the position of Ford North America Advanced Quality Director at Johnson Controls.  She has held positions of increasing responsibility within Hayes Lemmerz, Inc., which is now Maxion Wheels.  Director of Quality for both the Suspensions and Powertrain business units, Director of Quality, Operational Excellence and Program Management in the Wheels business unit, a Global Director position.  Linda has also worked for Bosch, BMW MC, Detroit Diesel within Operations, Quality, Purchasing, and Supplier Development throughout her extensive career. 

In December of 2020, Linda was awarded the Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation Industry Achievement Award.  In February 2020, Linda was named one of Michigan Chronicle’s Women of Excellence Honorees.  She was named one of Savoy’s 2019 Most Influential Women in Corporate America.  In the same year, out of over 30 candidates, she was selected one of 3 women named Alternative for Girls Role Model of the Year.  In 2017, she was awarded Woman Worth Watching in STEM by Profiles in Diversity Journal.  In 2015, Linda received the Women of Color STEM Special Recognition award.  From 2016-2018 Linda was President of the Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation (AWAF) and now serves on their Executive Advisory Council (EAC). Linda is a board member of Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan, a member of the American Society of Quality (ASQ), member of Inforum Women’s Professional Alliance and Women in Manufacturing (WIM).  Linda is a member of Jack and Jill, Inc, a member of the Greater Wayne County Chapter of The Links, Inc., and Pi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  Linda was born in New Castle, PA.  She has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.  She holds a certification as a Six Sigma Greenbelt and is proficient in German.

Linda is married to Christopher L. Taliaferro.  Her daughter and AKA Soror Alexis C. McCullough, is a summa cum laude graduate of Howard University and is currently enrolled in law school.

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Ep 110. 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Growing Old

There’s a difference between getting older and getting old. Who said that we had to let a little age slow us down? Today we speak with Wendy Adlerstein in part two of a series focusing on the myths and misconceptions of aging, as well as ways to stay vibrant as we grow. 

Wendy holds a B.A. from Clark University in Psychology with a concentration in Sociology and Human Services. In addition to her Massachusetts License in Social Work, she holds a Certificate in Gerontology from the Worcester Consortium Gerontology Program. She is a member of the Aging Life Care Association.

Join us for more tips on manifesting a long, vibrant and healthy life!


  • The common myths about aging
  • Maintaining mental health in our later years
  • Tips to combat the physical aspects of growing older
  • The importance of planning ahead


  • “Frame your mindset on how you want to live.” – Wendy Adlersetein, 18:50
  • “Enjoy the ride, enjoy the journey” – Wendy Adlerstein, 32:15
  • “One of the most important things that I can do is to find, and give, joy.” – Dr. Geneva Williams 32:50



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Ep.109 The Top Reasons You’re Not Sticking with Your Exercise Routine

Are you struggling with sticking to an exercise routine?  Do you say to yourself, “I know I should be working out, but…”

Join us as we talk with Milton Oliver, my personal trainer and coach, and a CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist) about the best ways to stick to your exercise routines so that you can look and feel good. What’s holding you back from achieving the body you’ve always dreamed of? We discuss these barriers, ways to defeat them, and a wide array of healthy habits that we all could benefit from adopting.

With more than 15 years of experience changing bodies, minds, and lives, Milton’s growing career includes flexibility/mobility training for Saginaw’s Arthur Hill High School’s athletic programs, personal training at the Detroit Athletic Club, one of the nation’s most prestigious athletic clubs, and collaborative work with renowned strength coach Mike Barwis. Milton holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise from Saginaw Valley State University and a Master’s of Administration from Wayne State University.

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  • Tips for sticking to your workout routine. 
  • How often should we be working out?
  • What is the difference between “exercise” and “physical activity”?






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Ep 108 The Best Ways to Overcome Fear

What if every goal you’ve dreamed of accomplishing lived on the other side of fear? Today, we speak with Dr. Ashley Little who, among many other things, is the co-author of the best-selling book “Dear Fear: 18 Powerful Lessons Of Living Your Best Life Outside Of Fear.”.  

Dr. Little received her undergraduate degree in English from North Carolina A&T State University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and a Doctorate in Humanitarian and Leadership. She is the CEO/founder of Ashley Little Enterprises, LLC, which encompasses her media, consulting work, writing, ghostwriting, book publishing, book coaching, project management, magazine, public relations & marketing, and empowerment speaking. She’s received countless awards over the course of her illustrious career and has been featured on Black Enterprise, Sheen Magazine, Voyage ATL, Fox Soul TV, NBC, Fox, CBS, BlackNews.Com, BlackBusiness.com, and many more.

Join us as we discuss resilience, faith, perseverance, and becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable. Be empowered!


How the HBCU experience affects African American professionals

The importance of mentors

The power of collaboration


“There is power in storytelling” – Dr. Ashley Little, 9:35

Success doesn’t have an age limit” – Dr. Ashley Little 18:06









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Ep. 106 Throwback -The Start of Extraordinary Impact

Using your influence for positive personal growth can change your life. In this throwback episode, Dr. Geneva talks about the vision behind the Ignite2Impact podcast to help people unleash their influence and create extraordinary impact in organizations, within the community, and in everyday life.

Whether you want better results in your life, career or community, are eager to hear some great influencer advice, or just want to be inspired to make good things happen, this is the podcast for you.

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Ep 105 Special Edition: Looking Forward – A Girlfriend Chat

We’ve come thru one of the most challenging years ever. 2020 was a time no one was prepared for or predicted.

Yet, the year started with The Vision 20/20 Experience, on Monday, January 20, 2020 at the historic Hotel St. Regis in Detroit, Michigan. Presented by Dr. Geneva Speaks, Dr. Geneva hosted the symposium to show women how to find their purpose and power

The event attracted over 200 women who spent the day creating compelling visions and learning about how to look good, feel good and do good.

In this special episode during Women’s History Month, Dr. Geneva talks with the experts who joined her at The Vision 20/20 Experience about the past year and what lies ahead. Listen to this engaging conversation and practical tips on how to stay vibrant looking forward.

Dr. Geneva’s special guests are Rashida Williams, The Glam Doctor; Dr. Michele Leno, of DML Psychological Services, PLLC; Kim Boudreau Smith of Her Bold Voice, and Gail Perry-Mason of Money Matters for Youth and I Am 4Ever39.

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Ep 104 Goal-Setting to Build a Dream Career

How do you plan for your career? Setting goals is an essential component of the career planning process. For a satisfying, successful career, you need goals.

Join Dr. Geneva and her guest, Judge Leonia Lloyd, well known author, lawyer, and district court judge, as they talk about and inspire others about reaching dreams and achieving goals.

Leonia Lloyd is a public speaker and author whose career as a judge, lawyer, and teacher has spanned decades serving the citizens of Detroit. Having sat on the 36th District Court for more than 20 years, Judge Lloyd has lived a life with many stories to tell which are captured in her new memoir Your Honor, Your Honor: A Journey Through Grief and Restorative Justice.

Her award-winning justice programs for drug and prostitution offenders have been featured on the National Geographic Channel, A&E Network, and in the Detroit Free Press. She presided over the Drug Treatment Court, which aimed to help people escape the vicious cycle of addiction and crime. She also helped implement Project Fresh Start, a program to help women who practiced the act of prostitution to recover from addiction and enjoy healthy, productive lives. Her other programs include the Handgun Intervention Program, which is designed to help rid the streets of illegal hand guns; and, the Misdemeanor Morality Program, which educates participants about inappropriate conduct regarding sexual activity.

Thousands of people have graduated from these “restorative justice” programs to create stable, happier lives. Her creativity in establishing programs for the citizens of Detroit has become a benchmark in justice reform.

Judge Lloyd has been honored with the Champion of Justice Award by the State Bar of Michigan (2009); the Lamplighter of the Year Award (2007); Sojourner Truth Award from the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club (2008); Mark of Excellence Award from Alabama A & M University (2009); Distinguished Service Award from Detroit City Council (2009); Certificate of Recognition from Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano (2009); Certificate of Tribute from Governor Jennifer Granholm (2009); and the Making a Difference For Women Award from the Soroptimist Club of Grosse Pointe (2009). She and her Drug Court Team have received Appreciation Awards from the Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals for three consecutive years, in addition to the Recognition Award (2006-2007) by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, as the “Second Best Drug Court in the Nation.”

The Drug Court Team also received the coveted and rarely offered, Transformation Award from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (2009). She was honored in front of the Michigan Senate, the Michigan House of Representatives, and the Michigan Supreme Court by Chief Justice Marilyn Jean Kelley for her innovative work with the Project Fresh Start program. This program helped transform the lives of hundreds of women.

She is listed in Who’s Who in Black America, Black Judges in America, and Who’s Who in Black Detroit. She is a product of Detroit Public Schools and received her bachelor’s and jurist doctorate degrees from Wayne State University. Before becoming a judge, she was a partner in the law firm “Lloyd and Lloyd,” which she shared with her late twin sister, Leona. They were featured in Ebony, Jet, and People magazines along with the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News.

Both she and her sister would go on to be elected to serve on the 36th District Court and be the country’s first twin judges to sit on the same District Court bench at the same time. They were affectionately dubbed “Twins for Justice.” In 2001, Judge Lloyd endowed the Judges Leona and Leonia Lloyd Twins for Justice Scholarship Fund at Wayne State University Law School in her sister’s honor. The scholarship financially assists students pursuing a law degree. In her spare time, Judge Lloyd enjoys going to concerts, upscale restaurants, and traveling.


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Ep 103 Good Health can Equal Happiness

What’s the link between happiness and health? If you’re happy, you may be giving great benefits to your health, scientific evidence says. It seems being happy helps boost the immune system, reduce pain, protect against heart disease, and help fight stress. Being happy promotes a healthy lifestyle. And…guess what,  being happy may even increase your life expectancy.

Join Dr. Geneva and her extraordinary guest, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and national leader, Florine Mark, as they talk about the link between happiness and health and give awesome advice and practical tips on living your best life. This is one of the best conversations to listen to especially during Women’s History Month.

Florine Mark, Detroit native, President, and CEO of The WW (formerly Weight Watchers) Group Inc. in Farmington Hills, MI, grew up in a poor and large but loving family. They taught her courage, perseverance, and faith, which gave her the confidence to build a business that is recognized as the largest franchisee of Weight Watchers International.

Following are a few key highlights of Florine Mark’s many appointments and accomplishments:
The Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, Chairman of the Board
Jewish Federation and United Jewish Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit, Board of Directors
Committee of 200
Served on the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Detroit Branch, Chair
Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Women’s Leadership Board, Board Member
Vice-Chair, Henry Ford Health System West Bloomfield
Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health & Sports, Governor Appointee
Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, Advisor
University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center, National Advisory Board Member
Wayne State University School of Business Administration, Board of Visitors
Wayne State University School of Medicine, Board of Visitors
Detroit Regional Chamber, Board of Directors, Executive Committee
Economic Club of Detroit, Board Member & Executive Committee

Florine’s career has been filled with numerous accolades. She was the first woman to be inducted into the National Management Association Hall of Fame. She was honored with the Entrepreneurial Visionary Award from the Women’s Business Center in Washington, D.C. She was also the first woman to receive the Neil Shine Award. In 2004, she fulfilled a lifelong dream by publishing her first book, Talk to the Mirror.

Recently, she was awarded the William Davidson Lifetime Achievement Award. Also, Crain’s Detroit Business Magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Detroit. She received the Euro-American Woman’s Council Artemis Award in Greece and the C200 Luminary Award.

At the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy’s School of Government, Florine works to advance women in leadership and public policy globally. She was awarded the Endowed chair of Entrepreneurship at WSU and was named a Michiganian of The Year by The Detroit News. The coveted title is bestowed upon people who, through their good community deeds and the examples they set, make life in the state a richer experience.

Florine’s honorary degrees include:

Eastern Michigan University, Bachelor of Arts
Central Michigan University, Doctor of Commercial Science
Oakland University, Doctor of Humanities
Walsh College, Doctor of Laws degree
Wayne State University, Doctor of Laws degree

Florine is the heart and soul of The WW Group, but she also devotes much time and energy to policy-making boards that set the bar for health and wellness issues in her home state of Michigan. She is committed to improving Michigan residents’ health and regularly encourages state and business leaders to join the effort. Florine is passionate about her work and involvement in numerous organizations, always seeking to advance the community in any way she can. Being the mother of seven children and 23 grandchildren, she has instilled in them the importance of giving back and making a difference in the community.

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