Saturday, January 30, 2016

Dr. Germain Boer Talks Entrepreneurship on Living Your Best Life Radio with Genma Holmes

 Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations, leaders, and volunteers who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations, leaders, and volunteers  embody, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

On Saturday, January 30, 2016,  Professor of Accounting and Emeritus, Director of Owen Entrepreneurship Center at Vanderbilt, Germain Boer, will share how to stay focus if you have set goals to start a business or partnership this year. Often times, entrepreneurship can be a fearful leap of faith. Dr. Boer will share how to many have transformed fear into self-motivation. Our audience will hear about many of his students who have become dynamic business leaders with out of the box thinking.  He will also give input on approaching venture capitalists and seeking funding options for start ups.


On February 1, 2016, I will share at Vanderbilt my "boots on the ground" experiences with Dr. Boer's students and why I believe firmly in not letting others "no" determined my steps.

This show is for self-starters who have taken that leap of faith and need a little motivation to stay focused!

Living Your Best Life, a radio show that empowers, inspires, and motivates us to live our BEST life, is heard on 760AM The Gospel in the Middle-TN area, Tune In,  military bases and on Ustream.TV worldwide from 9:00-10:00am CST.

More About Germain Boer 

Germain Böer is an innovator in all that he does. His courses use technology and creative assignments that challenge students to think, and feature speakers who have created unusual companies. He also conducts experiential learning programs that transform students into self-driven entrepreneurs.

After working for Arthur Andersen & Co., the Institute of Management Accountants., and two universities, Prof. Böer joined The Owen School in 1977 as a professor of management accounting, Since that time, he has initiated numerous entrepreneurship activities at Owen, including an annual entrepreneurship conference; student sessions with venture capitalists; and a new course, "Adventures in Entrepreneurship," in which Owen students learn how to start a new venture by working directly with entrepreneurs. Prof. Böer also instituted a program that connected students holding graduate degrees in biology with local biotech companies so the students could learn about the business side of the industry while earning an MBA. Further, an alliance with BizTech, a technology incubator in Huntsville, Alabama, allows Owen students to work on projects with technology companies while helping build strong relationships between Owen faculty members and Huntsville entrepreneurs.

He currently serves as an advisor to startup companies in the Nashville area and is a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, and Strategic Finance. He has provided consulting services for companies such as Chase Manhattan Bank, the National Heart and Lung Institute, General Electric, and Magnatek. Prof. Böer is the past recipient of two Owen teaching awards and in 1999 he was presented with the Most Outstanding Teacher Award by the graduating Executive MBA class. In 2003, the Tennessee District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration named him Small Business Research Advocate of the Year. In addition to his academic service, Prof. Boer served as Interim Dean of the Owen School in 1986-87.


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Phil Kirkpatrick on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations, leaders, and volunteers who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations, leaders, and volunteers  embody, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

Genma, Phil Kirkpatrick, and his girlfriend, Vicki Schmidt at the Rotary Club of Nashville
On Saturday, January 16, 2016, tune in to hear Phil Kirkpatrick, an Entertainment and Intellectual Property/Technology Litigation attorney with Adams and Reese, LLP, share about rebounding from a tragedy and how to live life with no regrets.

Phil will talk about the road to survivorship and thriving.
A survivor who wasn’t running but was standing at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon when the bombs went off. Along with the other surivors, he received an invitation to run the 2014 Marathon, an invitation he accepted because he knows it won’t be offered again.
Phil's story will leave you teary eyed but inspired to finish the race, whatever the "race" maybe in your life and how to make 2016, your best year yet!

Living Your Best Life, a radio show that empowers, inspires, and motivates us to live our BEST life, is heard on 760AM The Gospel in the Middle-TN area, Tune In,  military bases and on Ustream.TV worldwide from 9:00-10:00am CST.

More about Phil Kirkpatrick


Entertainment and Intellectual Property/Technology Litigation attorney Phil Kirkpatrick joined Adams and Reese in 2013 in the firm’s Nashville, Music Row and Memphis offices. Practicing his entire career in Tennessee, he has been a Federal Court litigator since 1979. Phil focuses on entertainment and intellectual property/technology litigation, products liability litigation, and commercial litigation.

In the music industry, Phil has represented artists, songwriters, producers, musicians, managers and major music groups including labels, publishers and merchandisers. He has also represented clients in numerous restrictive covenant matters, including non-compete, non-solicitation and trade secret cases. He has also represented manufacturers, sellers and others in products liability cases, including fire and explosion cases, as well as power tool cases.

Phil’s clients have included the Estate of Harlan Howard, the Estate of Tupac Shakur, Hall of Fame songwriter and recording artist Dave Loggins, recording artist Aretha Franklin, Universal Music Group, Full Throttle Sloonshine, LLC, Stanley Black & Decker, Atmos Energy Corporation and Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. He has represented MCA Records in prosecuting claims for unauthorized use of sound recordings of artists Patsy Cline and Kitty Wells and copyright infringement of album cover artwork of Conway Twitty. He also has represented leading small appliance, natural gas meter, and natural gas distributor defendants in numerous multi-million dollar bodily injury fire loss cases.

Phil’s representative matters include:
  • Represented Elizabeth Travis Management, Inc., against Randy Travis in manager v. artist litigation;
  • Represented major label group in massive “Bridgeport” music infringement litigation;
  • Represented exclusive merchandising agents for artists Chris Brown and Justin Bieber to obtain nationwide injunction and seizure orders to protect their name(s)and likeness(es) prohibiting bootleg merchandise from being sold at all venues throughout the U.S. in their respective nationwide tours;
  • Represented Black & Decker to defense verdict in products liability case alleging “kickback” of portable circular power saw;
  • Represented a large brake manufacturer plaintiff for Section 43(a) false designation and trademark infringement to jury verdict judgment, which was the first appellate reported case in State Court in Tennessee wherein a money judgment was awarded under the Federal Lanham Act.
Phil obtained both his undergraduate and law degrees from The University of Tennessee, graduating from law school in 1978, and earning his bachelor of science, with honors, in 1975.
In the community, Phil is an active voting member of the Country Music Association, and for six years he served as a Board of Trustees member and as General Counsel to Harding Academy, a K-8 Independent School in Nashville.  Phil also serves on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Art League in Nashville.

Phil is a former 7-midnight rock ‘n roll disc jockey, and was a drummer in an R & B band as well as a power trio band.

In his spare time, Phil enjoys his three kids, good music, great wine, swimming and running. Phil was injured by the first bomb at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, while about to take a photograph. He returned to Boston, and on April 21, 2014, ran the 118th Boston Marathon. He is an avid supporter of “Boston Strong — we will never forget,” and his article, "Why on Earth Would You Run Boston," is included in the articles/publications link on the right side of Phil's bio page.

Among the people Phil most admires are John Lennon and Owen Bradley because they both changed things.

Phil's headshot: Courtesy of Phil Kirkpatrick. Bio: Adam and Reese, LLC

Friday, December 18, 2015

Genma Holmes Talks Christmas and Volunteering to Jacque Reid on the TJMS

For several years, I have spoken to Jacque Reid on the Tom Joyner Morning Show about my role about as Ms. Santa. Each year, we have discussed the trendy toys and how to give back to others during the holiday season. Tune in to hear us share about www.livingtogivenow.com

Our time is the most important treasure we can give to anyone. Our volunteer time goes a long way in a child's life and makes a difference in their formative years. I volunteer to read to children as often as I can. During the holidays, it is my number one gift I give. Along with reading to children from all backgrounds, I give elementary schools books that shows positive images of African Americans. Baby Santa And the Missing Reindeer is a wonderful book that reflects diversity that is perfect to read this time of year.
Eastside Story presented Ms.Santa this book by author





Ms. Santa and her annual visit to Nia House Montessori

The season's hottest toy items are still the basic. Some thing never change. Girls and women are embracing dolls more and more and toy manufacturers are answering the call to make dolls that inspire our girls to be the best they can be.

www.prettybrowngirl.com
The Pretty Brown Dolls sold by the Pretty Brown Foundation are as cute as their owners. I recommend this doll because of the work of the The Pretty Brown Foundation. The Pretty Brown Foundation is a movement that empowers and inspires girls and women to celebrate their shades of brown with a simple yet powerful message. By developing positive self esteem, confidence and leadership, girls are empowered to dream their biggest dreams and live the lives that they imagine for themselves. 

For women who are young at heart or doll collector, the Ava DuVernay Barbie doll by Mattel, if one can be found! Proceeds from the doll goes to a charity. 

With the push to get kids moving again, bikes and skates, should be at the top of the list for boys and girls alike. Riding a bike helps kids get unwired from technology and gives them much needed excersie. Many family are taking biking trips, the Christmas break is a good time to take a trip that will allow riding together. Don't forget to get helmets as well.


Speaking of exercise, women are asking for FitBit to track their steps. This would make a perfect for adults who are seeking to get healthy in 2016. 

The hoover boards are the rage teens for teens. They can be pricey.

As Ms. Santa,  I am a giver. But even without my suit, I love to see "Black Gives Back." Look for non-profits that are doing amazing works and good deeds in your community and send them a check or find ways to volunteer. I am involved with non-profits that help make the world a brighter place, especially in the arts community. 

 
One of my favorites is the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Gifting a membership to a family or individual is an awesome year round gift that will used often. Everyone can write a check at the end. It does not have to be a large amount. But every dollar counts.

Lastly, this was busy year for me behind the scenes with many wonderful endeavors to serve others. Two that will stay with me for years to come were seeing my friend Lt. Colonel Daphne Young being recognized for her service to our country. To often, we leave our women who serve out of recognition programs for the military and veteans. It was an honor to watch her peers, sorority sisters, and other organizations particpate in her surprise retirement ceromony. The beauty of being Ms. Santa is the spirit of giving last year round.

The other special moment happened this month. I spent the time at Ty's House in Franklin, TN. Ty's House was named in honor of Ty Osman, II. Ty gave the gift of life by being an organ donor. Many individuals are alive because of him. I am encouraging everyone to give the gift of life by registering to become an organ donor.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Ashley Lawal Talks Holiday Guide on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations and leaders who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations and leaders embody "Be the change you want to see in the world."  Throughout 2015, listeners have heard from presidents of organizations who are global change agents. We will also heard from CEOs of social enterprise businesses who are changing communities, educators who are taking their students out of the classroom and into surrounding neighborhoods to learn and serve others and from activists who keep the community engaged and empowered.

On Small Business Saturday, November 28, 21015, tune in to hear founder Ashley Lawal of Urbannite discuss the importance of supporting local small businesses not just on Small Business Saturday but throughout the year. Hear how Urbannite has used its online platform to bring traffic to businesses' websites and store fronts. Listen to her share her about her latest venture since her last visit to Living Your Best Life's studios and what are the plans for next year's big homecoming guide.

Genma and Ashley having fun at WENO.

Ashley and I will also discuss the benefits of partnering with other brands to increase awareness of your goods and services.  And why doing good in the community by volunteering is an awesome way to make others learn more about your company while putting your mark on helping others.

Tune in for a fun show that will help guide you through the maze of holiday shopping while supporting local small businesses.

Living Your Best Life, a radio show that empowers, inspires, and motivates us to live our BEST life, is heard on 760AM The Gospel in the Middle-TN area, Tune In,  military bases and on Ustream.TV worldwide from 9:00-10:00am CST.

More About Small Business Saturday


First there was Black Friday. Then Cyber Monday.  And on November 27, 2010, the first ever Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is the day we celebrate the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S.

More than 200 organizations have already joined American Express OPEN, the company’s small business unit, in declaring the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday.


More About Urbaanite's Ashley Lawal

Urbaanite was founded by Ashley Lawal, born in Nashville and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. Home is definitely where the heart is and moving back to Nashville after graduating from Northern Illinois University was one of the best things she considers she could have done.  She is a Christian, wife, daughter to the best Mom ever and foodie, with a huge love for family & close circle of friends. She is a marketer by day and unofficial chef by night, trying out the latest recipes she seeks out on her favorite blogs.

Her love of all things entrepreneurial started when she launched her first business in 2009, iHospitality, an eco-friendly packaging company in the city. On Urbaanite she states, "I am so excited to now have the opportunity to share and connect with other like-minded folks in the community that make up our culture here in Nashville."



Saturday, November 14, 2015

Artist to Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Popes on Living Your Best Life with Genma Homes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations, leaders, and volunteers who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations, leaders, and volunteers  embody, "Be the change you want to see in the world."


On Saturday, November 14, 2015, tune in to hear the artist to Presidents, Prime Ministers, and three Popes, Igor V. Babailov. Igor V. Babailov, Hon RAA, world-renowned portrait and figurative artist, Honorary Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts (est.1757), scholar and spokesperson for the traditional school of art, was born on February 9, 1965 in  the town of Glazov, Udmurt Republic of Russia, into a family of academia. Listen to him share about being selected out of thousands of applicants for one opening at the Moscow Secondary School of Fine Arts later renamed The Moscow State Academic Art Lyceum under the Russian Academy of Arts.

His selection into this prestigious  school was a stepping stone to a lustrous career that has allowed him to paint official portraits of world leaders and teach master classes at some of the most highly regarded institutions of higher education around the globe. 

Mr. Babailov will also share about his meetings with Pope Benedict XVI (Vatican, Rome), Pope St. John Paul II (Vatican, Castelgandolfo) and the unveiling of Pope Francis (Vatican, Rome) portrait when the Pope visited the United States. For those who would love the opportunity of a lifetime to have one of his sketches or portraits to add to their family treasures, tune in to hear how you can own one of his masterpieces that will help benefit a fundraiser with the Brentwood Woman's Club on December 1, 2015.

Living Your Best Life, a radio show that empowers, inspires, and motivates us to live our BEST life, is heard on 760AM The Gospel in the Middle-TN area, Tune In,  military bases and on Ustream.TV worldwide from 9:00-10:00am CST.

More About Igor V. Babailov 


 Igor V. Babailov, Hon RAA, world-renowned portrait and figurative artist, Honorary Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts (est.1757), scholar and spokesperson for the traditional school of art, was born on February 9, 1965 in  the town of Glazov, Udmurt Republic of Russia, into a family of academia. His father, Valery Babailov, was a portrait and landscape painter, he taught art in a preparatory art school. He was also poet and composer. Igor's mother, Rosa Kudasheva Babailova, was an acclaimed and award-winning teacher of biology & chemistry. In the family of cultured and academic intelligentsia, Igor and his brother Vladislav, grew up in an environment of ethics and inspired creativity.

 Igor V. Babailov is one of the most sought after portrait artists of the historic academic tradition. Deemed Living Master by the Art Renewal Center and recipient of national and international awards and honors, his paintings of world leaders, celebrities and distinguished individuals are in official public, private, corporate and museum collections, including those of: 

 President George W. Bush (Bush Presidential Library), former First Lady Hillary R. Clinton (Clinton Presidential Library); Supreme Court Justice, The Hon. Joseph P. Sullivan, (Supreme Court, New York); General David H. Petraeus - United States Army Commander and CIA Director (West Point Museum), historic new portrait of George Washington (George Washington’s Mount Vernon Museum); Pope Benedict XVI (Vatican, Rome), Pope St. John Paul II (Vatican, Castelgandolfo); Nelson Mandela (Presidential Collection, SA); HRH Prince Andrew (Buckingham Palace); Mayor Rudolph Giuliani of New York, (Giuliani Partners, NYC); Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, Kirill (Moscow Patriarchate); President Vladimir Putin of  Russia (The Kremlin); Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, (Parliament Hill, Canada); Gov. Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England; Senator Michael Pitfield; TV personality Regis Philbin; actor James Gandolfini; Isadore Sharp, Founder & CEO (Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts); Dr. Wayne Streilein (Harvard University); pianist Byron Janis and Maria Cooper Janis, (daughter of film star Gary Cooper); Ted Lazenby (The Board, Kennedy Center, by Presidential Appointment);  hockey legends Bobby Hull and Vladislav Tretiak, American football stars Boomer Esiason and Tiki Barber; Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, world-renowned Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa (Steven Spielberg’s Starlight Starbright Foundation, Japan) and many others.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Take the Ford HBCU Community Challenge: Grand Prize $75,000



Often times there are economical opportunities available that can help us make a difference in our personal education goals, communities and HBCUs. What is usually required is a little determination to make it happen!

The Ford HBCU Community Challenge wants HBCU student teams to present their best ideas on "Building Sustainable Communities." One first-place student team will receive a grand prize of $75,000 in scholarships and prizes for their university and community. 

What an excellent opportunity for students educational goals while helping the community go further.

The deadline to apply is November 1, 2015! For more details, click here!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Tom Landstreet on Living Your Best Life Radio with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations, leaders, and volunteers who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations, leaders, and volunteers  embody, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

Genma Holmes and Tom Landstreet at The Rotary Club of Nashville

Tune in Saturday, August 15, 2015 to hear  Tom Landstreet help us connect the dots between government economic policies and stock prices. Mr. Landstreet will break down Wall Street jargon to Main Street, USA listeners while giving us his opinion on the breaking economic news.

Mr. Landstreet has researched and written about rising energy prices are the result of bad government policy, why food prices are soaring, and the how the Ethanol Mandate affected consumers.  
Mr. Landstreet is well known for his being a top stock picker, we are hoping he shares what he predicts will be the best stock for 2016.

This show promises to keep you entertained while empowering, inspiring and motivating you to live your BEST lifeTune in to  760AM in the Middle Tennessee Region, on Tune In, streaming live online at UStream.TV, and on military bases on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am CST.
 
 More About Tom Landstreet


Tom Landstreet shares his wit and wisdom as a top contributor to Forbes.com and as a speaker at investment and corporate conferences and other events. He runs an economic research business where he serves some of the world's top hedge funds and mutual funds. In his research, he analyzes government policies for investment ideas. (After all, government is the 800lb gorilla in the economy defining incentives positive and negative). It is the unintended consequences of ambitious government policies that have led to the great booms and busts in history. 

He is co-founder of Tell-Tale Capital Management as well, a registered investment advisor. Tell-Tale manages money for individuals and endowments.

Tom is a native Nashvillian though his career took him to New York, San Francisco and Atlanta for 20 years. He moved back to his hometown 12 years ago and loves Nashville! 

Prior to getting a real job, Tom was a musician, comedian and advertising copywriter. Of course being a comedian was perfect training for a career on Wall Street!

Tom owes much to his mentor, Arthur Laffer, father of the "Laffer Curve," a tax refugee from California, who  hired Tom as an Executive VP of his research business. Arthur taught Tom about what they call "supply side" economics.

Tom has been married for nearly 26 years to his college sweetheart and is the father of 3 well-behaved children. He serves on the board of the Sexual Assault Center as well.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Part 2 Williams and Johnson Discuss Alanta Public School 12 on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations, leaders, and volunteers who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations, leaders, and volunteers  embody, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

On Saturday, July 4, 2015, tune in to hear part two in a series on the Atlanta Public School Scandal. Dr. Sharon William and Tamar E. Cotman Johnson. Dr. Williams and Ms. Cotmon Johnson are two of the Atlanta Public School educators charged with racketeering on April 1, 2015. Dr. Williams and Ms. Cotton Johnson will continue to discuss life after the verdict. Hear how educators were the first in the history of this country to be criminally charged and later jailed for RICO.

Hear them continue to debunk myths told in the media about the case and why it is important for us to understand how RIOC laws were used to prosecute the educators. Learn more about what was said at trial and what was not allowed to be entered into the proceedings. Learn more about the chilling affect this case has had on educators around the country and how the case is a fight against a belief that poor children cannot meet or exceed high standards of academics.

This is not Law and Order. This is real life. And real lives. This interview promises to empower, inspire, and motivate you to live your BEST life...and ask more questions. Tune in tp  760AM in the Middle Tennessee Region, on Tune In, streaming live online at UStream.TV, and on military bases on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am CST.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Williams and Johnson Discuss Alanta Public School 12 on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations, leaders, and volunteers who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations, leaders, and volunteers  embody, "Be the change you want to see in the world."





On Saturday, June, 27, 2015, tune in to hear Dr. Sharon William and Tamar E. Cotman Johnson. Dr. Williams and Ms. Cotmon Johnson are two of the Atlanta Public School educators charged with racketeering on April 1, 2015. Dr. Williams and Ms. Cotton Johnson will discuss their lives before and after the verdict. Hear how educators were the first in the history of this country to be criminally charged and later jailed for RICO.


Hear them debunk myths told in the media about the case and why it is important for us to understand how RIOC laws were used to prosecute the educators. Learn more about what was said at trial and what was not allowed to be entered into the proceedings. Learn more about the chilling affect this case has had on educators around the country and how the case is a fight against a belief that poor children cannot meet or exceed high standards of academics.

This is not Law and Order. This is real life. And real lives. This interview promises to empower, inspire, and motivate you to live your BEST life...and ask more questions. Tune in tp  760AM in the Middle Tennessee Region, on Tune In, streaming live online at UStream.TV, and on military bases on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am CST.

More About Dr. Sharon Williams

Dr. Sharon Davis Williams is a graduate of the public schools and system of higher education in Arkansas. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Arkansas, the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Arkansas, respectively.  On more than one occasion, Sharon Davis Williams has been invited to Harvard University to participate in post-graduate study that has enriched her professional practice.  As a result of her professional relationships with internationally known foundations, such as General Electric, Panasonic, Wallace and Gates, she has been provided unique opportunities to work with and learn from some of the best minds that generate and disseminate knowledge that portend to have a positive influence on organizational performance, including data driven decision-making, teacher quality and student achievement.


More About Tamara E. Cotman Johnson




Tamara E. Cotman Johnson possesses more than 23 years of educational experience.  Tamara’s career began in Wichita Public Schools (USD 259), where she worked in various capacities including Teacher, Principal, and Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools from 1992 to 2004, until she was recruited to serve as the Executive Director of School Reform Team 4 in the Atlanta Public Schools from 2004 to 2012. Since 2012, Tamara has served as an independent leadership development consultant.


Tamara completed her B.S. in Elementary Education (Summa Cum Laude) at LangstonUniversity in 1992 and obtained a Master’s in Educational Administration (4.00) from Wichita State University in 1998.