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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Ep 102 Walking Out Your Vision

Do you sometimes feel you don’t have a clue about what you’re doing? That you seem to be in a fog,  walking in the dark, or going in circles because you don’t really have a vision or clear sense of direction?

You’re not alone. So many people feel like that at some point in their lives.

Join the conversation with Dr. Geneva and inner confidence strategist Regina Robinson as they talk about creating and clarifying your vision and strategies to discover the power within to unleash purpose and confidence.

Regina Robinson is an Award-Winning Global Speaker, Best Selling Author, and Inner Confidence Strategist who is widely known for engaging, motivating, and equipping women with the tools to unlock their inner confidence and become Unstoppable Women. She is also respected for inspiring her audience through laughter and practical principles that empower women to take immediate action in their lives, businesses, and careers. After years of teaching, consulting, and coaching in the educational field, Regina built a platform where she provides education, strategies, and accountability for women. She inspires women to be unstoppable by empowering them to show up, own their greatness, and be unapologetic about who they are as they increase their credibility, visibility, and confidence. Regina has received numerous awards and recognition for her work, including the… 

  • 2018 Cover Story Diamond Diva Magazine 
  • 2017 Official Member of Forbes Coaches Council 
  • 2017 SCORE & SBA “Client of the Year – Maryland” Award 
  • 2017 Cover Story WOMEN Who Rock With Success Magazine 
  • 2017 WEF “Iconic Woman Creating A Better World For All” Award 
  • 2017 Amazon Best Selling Author – “Winning the Game of College Admissions” 
  • 2017 Amazon Best Selling Author – Book Collaboration – “Permission To Win” 
  • 2017 Amazon Best Selling Author – Book Collaboration – “Fitness Shift” 
  • 2016 Published Author – “Fearlessly Strutting In Your Confidence” 
  • 2015 PTIO “Woman Legacy Builder” Award 
  • 2008 NFTE “National Teacher of the Year” Award 

Regina has been featured as cover stories and spotlighted in several magazines and appeared as a featured guest on a host of radio shows. Her message is so powerful and impactful; women’s conferences, churches, organizations, and corporations continue to request her for Keynotes, Break-out Sessions, Panels, and workshops.

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Ep 101 From 9-5 to Entrepreneur

Are you thinking about changing careers? Or perhaps needing to pivot your business? Do you dream of a new career but don’t know how to make it happen?

Get inspired and pick up some great advice in this conversation with Dr. Geneva and her guest, Dawniel Winningham, a leading wealth-building influencer. Hear their conversation about the steps for transitioning your career and the goals for breakthrough success. 

International Wealth Building Expert Dawniel Patterson Winningham empowers thousands of women via daily live streams to quit their job and live their dreams in ways they could have never imagined.

Winningham is an internet influencer who has a daily social media following of over 150k that she has grown organically over the years, making her a social media force to be reckoned with.

Known as America’s Leading Quit Coach, this former JP Morgan Chase Vice President left corporate America to live her dream of helping others live their dreams. She took a leap of faith, quit her job, and started her own business leveraging her own gifts and talents to move the needle on her own personal income and wealth.

Her story of overcoming the struggles of being a divorced single mother of 3 who moved on
to build a financially successful multimillion-dollar business for herself is inspiring.

Winningham’s winning message has published in over 100 magazines and online publications including Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, Essence Magazine, the Huffington Post, Careerbuilder.com, and Todayshow.com.

Dawniel’s on a mission to help women become financially free by teaching them strategies on how to create generational wealth and monetize their individual gifts and talents in a financially successful online business.

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Ep 100 The Big 4 Secrets to Setting Goals, Achieving Success

Are you really good at setting goals but sometimes don’t do so great on the achieving end?

Join master leadership coach Dr. Geneva on her 100th Ignite2Impact podcast as she shares the 4 top secrets to achieving success thru goal setting. 

Award-winning executive Geneva Jones Williams (Dr. Geneva) is a speaker, author, and leadership strategist for business executives, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit leaders. She is the founder and CEO of Dr. Geneva Speaks, LLC whose mission is to educate and inspire leaders for greater impact. Dr. Geneva also serves as Director for the Live6 Alliance, a nonprofit planning and development organization to enhance Detroit’s quality of life and economic opportunity.

Dr. Geneva led the United Way, founded an innovative multi-sector national partnership model, launched a new leadership development initiative for girls, and developed models of community engagement and strategic planning for nonprofits. She raised millions for community change initiatives and served as an education leader. Dr. Geneva recently was appointed to the Women’s Commission by Michigan’s governor and chairs its Visible Authentic Leadership Committee.

Dr. Geneva hosts the Ignite2Impact Podcast on Apple Podcasts and iHeart Radio featuring influencers who are making a difference in business, nonprofits, government, and the arts. Her blogs inspire and educate women on aging vibrantly, everyday leadership, and philanthropy. Dr. Geneva consults with nonprofits like Detroit Future City and The Kresge Foundation. Crain’s Detroit Business cites her as one of Detroit’s most influential women, she is a Michigan Chronicle Woman of Excellence and was named the National Association of Business Women Owners (NAWBO) Top 10 Michigan Business Woman.

For a significant portion of her career, Dr. Geneva was a guiding force for the United Way in the Detroit area. She was the first female president and chief executive officer of United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit, a $15 million United Way, where she developed and led a three-year strategic plan, resulting in staff retraining and organizational reengineering to meet future challenges.

Dr. Geneva also led the merger between two United Ways where she became the first female Executive Vice President and COO, overseeing $42 million annually in agency allocations. She developed the strategic planning process that transformed the agency’s fund distribution system, resulting in new outcome-based measurement systems for over 120 regional health and human services agencies. While at United Way, Geneva attended Harvard Business School and taught at the United Way of America’s Academy of Volunteerism.

Dr. Geneva was tapped by foundations and city officials to launch City Connect Detroit, an innovative national model to create and leverage public-private partnerships for increased funding for community needs. Dr. Geneva led the successful strategic planning process implementation, and secured over $100 million for youth employment, education reform, access to fresh food, community development, and urban health.

A frequent guest lecturer and panelist at regional, national and international conferences, Dr. Geneva served as chair of the Western Michigan University Trustee board, a member of the First Independence National Bank board, chair of several public school management companies, and vice president of the Detroit NAACP. She has been the recipient of many awards for her work, including the Bank of America’s Local Hero Award, Ford Motor Company’s Heritage Award, the Michigan Business & Professional Association’s Women and Leadership in the Workplace Award, and the National Association for Community Leadership’s Distinguished Leadership Award.

Through her company, Dr. Geneva Speaks, she consults, coaches, speaks locally and nationally on strategic planning, collaboration, leadership and personal development, work-life balance, and philanthropy. Dr. Geneva won the prestigious title of Ms. Black Fit and Fine, a beauty pageant encouraging healthy lifestyles for women over 50. She’s an alumna of Morgan State University where she serves on Morgan’s Foundation board. Dr. Geneva is an alumna of the Greater Wayne County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and she earned a doctorate in education leadership from Wayne State University, She received her master’s degree with a concentration in Community Organization and Social Planning from the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Research.

Recently, Dr. Geneva was honored as a Golden Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is an author, amazon.com/author/genevawilliams, and her new book, Justice on the Jersey Shore, about her father’s transformational leadership while fighting social injustice during the Civil Rights Movement, launched as an Amazon bestseller. To learn more, visit drgenevaspeaks.com

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Ep 99 The Shifting Vision on Aging

What comes to mind when you think about getting old? Do you think frail and helpless or active and vibrant? Do you worry about aging? 

Let’s join the conversation with Dr. Geneva and Wendy Adlerstein, executive and gerontology expert, as they discuss the shifting views about what it means to grow old.

Wendy Adlerstein, LSW, a Wellesley, MA resident, is an owner and Executive Director at FirstLight Home Care of West Suburban Boston.

Wendy has more than 20 years of experience in working with seniors. She 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, Wendy holds a Certificate in Gerontology from the Worcester Consortium Gerontology Program. 

She is a member of the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA), formerly the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. Finally, Wendy is a Certified Dementia Practitioner® in good standing from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. 

Under Adlerstein’s leadership, FirstLight Home Care of West Suburban Boston has built a reputation for the outstanding quality of care and service in the West Suburban Boston area–as evidenced by the many word-of-mouth referrals from clients and professionals who have high standards and expectations for the delivery of home care services.  Further evidenced by the twenty-three 5-star client on-line reviews and testimonials.



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Ep 98 Reaching your Goals: You Can and Will

Do you dream big but never seem to get what you want? You aim high but reaching goals never seems to happen and you’re not sure what you’re doing wrong.

You’re not alone. According to Forbes, almost 92% of people fail to reach their goals. Want some tips and advice? 

Listen to this conversation between Dr. Geneva and Avalaura Gaither, Certified Life Coach about sure-fire ways to reach your goals…because you can and will! 

“Embrace all that you are, in service to the world and to your highest and most incredible life — the journey waits for no one, it begins now!”

This is a challenge from Avalaura, the internationally celebrated Intuitive Consultant and Life Coach. Avalaura passionately dedicates her life to assisting leaders and individuals to live their best lives and achieve their BIG dreams. It now is the time for you to live a freedom-focused life, detox yourself of limiting beliefs that no longer serve you, and create an unrecognizable reality.

Avalaura says, “I work with people who feel called to do big, great and meaningful work in the world and for whatever reason, they’re either not doing it or worse, they’re doing it unfulfilled.”

As the founder of Avalaura’s Healing Center in College Park, MD since November 2005, Avalaura uses a holistic approach to help individuals deal with challenges and life issues that stop them from living fully, completely, and authentically. She takes her clients from hole to wholeness in their life, relationships, and business by guiding them through a powerful healing process that helps them discover who they are, who they wish to be, and how to get there. She is an avid foodie who loves to pray, meditate, laugh, travel, spend time with friends and family, and sit at the feet of her teachers and mentors.

Avalaura is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Howard University in Washington, DC. Additionally, she is a trained Reiki Master/Teacher, Certified Life Coach and Spiritual Counselor, Hypnotherapist, Holistic Aromatherapist, and Yoga/Meditation Instructor.

Avalaura has been featured for her work in the Afro American Newspaper, Ruby Magazine, the Huffington Post, Readers Digest, The Root and she will be making an appearance on a major Reality TV show this Fall.

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Ep 97 How Entrepreneurs can Reimagine a Compelling Vision for their Business in 2021

The vision for your business may have taken a real turn during this past, very difficult year. When you started you most likely had an awesome vision as well as specific goals. Yet over time, and especially in the last year, perhaps you’ve become uncertain about your short and long-term business goals or feel your vision isn’t as compelling as it once was. 

Join in the conversation with Dr. Geneva and Dr. ZaLonya Allen, President & CEO of the National Entrepreneurs Association, as they discuss what small business owners need to do as they pivot in 2021.

Dr. ZaLonya Allen leads the National Entrepreneurs Association, a 501c3 created to empower entrepreneurs to grow and sustain successful businesses through monthly networking events, training conferences, and educational programs. As a speaker. Allen has delivered hundreds of presentations for organizations throughout the country including, the Society for Human Resource Management, Ford UAW, Edison, RoanokeCollege, and the Federal Government to name a few. As a coach, she has worked with professionals in a variety of industries from corporate executives to professional athletes. Using the principles of psychology, Dr. Allen helps her clients master their mindset and get on a path to goal attainment. Dr.Allen has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Woman of Wonder Award from the University of Phoenix, Unsung Hero Award from Wayne State University Association of Black Business Students, and the Spirit of Detroit Award. Her work has been featured by numerous media outlets including Detroit News, Fox2News, CW50 StreetBeat, Crain’sDetroit, dBusiness, 910AM Superstation and105.9FM. Dr. Allen is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and North CentralUniversity. She holds degrees in industrial relations, sociology and two degrees in psychology with a focus in I/O psychology. She continues to work as an online psychology professor to help students achieve their dream of a college education. Dr. Allenhas served on numerous boards including the National Speakers Association of Michigan and is a member of the American Psychological Association. To learn more visit zalonya.com




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Ep 96 Top Ways to Conquer Limiting Beliefs during Difficult Times

“We learn our belief systems as very little children, and then we move through life creating experiences to match our beliefs. Look back in your own life and notice how often you have gone through the same experience.” –Louise L. Hay

Yes, those thoughts, often negative ones that run around in our head. We can let those thoughts run wild or turn them into positive action. Dr. Geneva talks with Business Operations Strategist, Arian Hargrove about resiliency and other attributes that help us overcome adversity and break thru to success.

Arian Hargrove, helped fortune 500 companies save millions of dollars to their bottom line while driving continuous improvement in their operations and customer service experience! Creating across-the-board consistency is critical to a successful business. Ms. Hargrove is in the business of helping other businesses scale their business + empower their team = a business that runs without them with maximum success. Propelling businesses to their next level of success is a large aspect of her style of business training. Arian Hargrove is more than a coach and consultant-she is a business identity designer. Her distinct touch will make the personalities of businesses and business owners resonate with potential clients and customers. Leading at the helm of her success, Operating in Excellence has always been her unwavering focus. That very passion is what led Arian to build her own company, Love 4 Systems®so that she can make an even greater impact on the world. That impact has now coined her as Your Systems Queen®. Her motto: “Drive costs down, drive profits UP! The customer service experience should always be TOP Priority!”

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