We all need someone to talk to that is able to listen and give insight on various areas of our lives. Every great leader, somewhere along the line has had a parent, teacher, big sister or coach that they could trust. Someone who has lived it and can help guide you. Dr. Geneva has been a listening ear, guide and mentor to many women navigating through different phases of their lives.
Award-winning executive and published author Geneva Jones Williams, EdD, CEO of Dr. Geneva Speaks, is a sought-after executive coach to business executives, entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders. She is a catalyst for change and her reputation as a game changer is well established, especially in Detroit, where she has consistently been a trailblazing civic leader.
Dr. Geneva led the United Way in metropolitan Detroit and was their first female president and chief executive officer. She founded City Connect Detroit—an innovative national model of public-private cooperation—and launched Figure Skating in Detroit, a leadership development program for girls. She raised millions for community change initiatives, and served as a university professor and as superintendent of a public school system.
Today, Dr. Geneva consults with nonprofits like Detroit Future City and The Kresge Foundation. She hosts a weekly podcast, Ignite2Impact, on iTunes and iHeart Radio— featuring insightful conversations with innovative leaders in business, nonprofits, government and the arts.
Through her company, Dr. Geneva Speaks, she consults, coaches, speaks locally and nationally, and teaches classes online in strategic planning, collaboration, change management, leadership development, work-life balance, and philanthropy.
Dr. Geneva is a native of Neptune Township, N.J., and an alumna of Morgan State University who also earned a doctorate in education from Wayne State University. Recently, she was honored as a Golden Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; crowned Ms. Black Fit & Fine; and is recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of Detroit’s most influential women.