“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.“
-The Hon. Thurgood Marshall
EMPOWER-MENTOR. VISIONARY. AUTHOR OF MY OWN LIFE.
I decided as a fourth grader that I would go to Howard University School of Law to follow in the footsteps of Justice Thurgood Marshall. My mother, who raised me as a single parent in a low-income home, nurtured my dreams and nourished them as if they were her own. Because of her unyielding support and God’s faithfulness – and despite what other people had already scripted for my life – I became the very first person in my family to go to college. I went on to study internationally, and earn three degrees in higher education – a B.A. (University of San Francisco), J.D. (Howard University School of Law), and LL.M. (California Western School of Law).
I’ve spent the last several years mastering being comfortable in uncomfortable situations and conquering a fear a year. In 2017, I accepted the biggest challenge of my life: I ran for political office! During the race, I offered the cure for our failing systems: more care, compassion, and concern. I quickly came to be regarded as a voice for “The People”, and garnered the reputation of being a compassionate, inspirational, and humanity-centered leader.
I am a self-proclaimed “perpetual autobiographer”. As such, I do not allow other people to write my story. I am the author of my own story and I write its script daily. I take pride in defying odds and crushing stereotypes. Through MIA, I empower individuals—especially women and young people—to “write their own stories” and to live on purpose.
Through service, my contributions to our world, I seek to achieve my life goals:
- Honor God.
- Build on my grandmother’s legacy.
- Make my mother proud.
- Use the law as a tool for our most vulnerable groups and to advance society as a whole.
I live by the mantra that “Life is our gift from God, and how we live is our gift to God.”
I am married to Oliver, a chief petty officer in the United States Navy. We live in San Diego, California with our amazingly sweet dog, Mellie. I serve on the Board of Directors for the David’s Harp Foundation, a nonprofit that transforms the lives of justice-involved and unsheltered youth through the power of music, and am an adjunct professor at Point Loma Nazarene University. I served San Diego County for 13 years as a public defender. I now serve as the inaugural Legal Director for Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA).
What Topics Can Geneviéve Discuss?
Geneviéve specializes in encouraging, uplifting, building, and helping others.
She can speak on a variety of subjects, including those listed to the right, but is happy to tailor her talks to your event, and can even create something brand new just for you.
Geneviéve can even train aspiring motivational speakers, teaching them to write and tell their own story!
Time Out for Hoping
In the times we are in, we can no longer hope for the future. We must be the hope for the future. Let me show you how!
You Write Your Own Story
Someone will always try to tell you what you can and cannot do based on stereotypes, body size, education level, upbringing, zip code, age, but you control your destiny. You have the pen, and you must never relinquish it. You write your own story. Let me show you how!
Are You Ready to Move to the Next Level?
Many people say they want to move to the next level in their lives, but how many people are actually ready to make the move? In order to move to the next level, you must have a plan. You must have confidence. You must have a vision. You must have commitment. I can help you get to the next level!
Courage is not Common. But, Neither are You.
I no longer call folks in leadership positions leaders simply because they have a title. To be a leader, you must have courage. In my journey over the last few years, I’ve learned that courage is not common–even among elected and public officials, our so-called “leaders”. I am here to help you tap into your courage. You are fearless. Never let anyone tell you otherwise.
No Regrets. Life must be lived.
We’ve all heard YOLO, but do we actually live it? Whether you believe in the afterlife or eternal life, you must embrace it. So many of us never live out our full potential because of fear. Fear should never hold you back. Fear should be your impetus to live your best life and achieve all that God has ordained for you. If you were to die, how many of your dreams would be buried with you?
Now is your time!
You will hear it all (if you haven’t already): “You are too young. Too old. Too poor. You need to wait your turn! You don’t have the experience.” Let me tell you: It is your time! Justice cannot wait. Your solutions cannot wait. We need your ideas now. You are not our future leader, you are a leader now. Take your rightful place.
You are not just one person. You are not just anything. You are vital. You are important. Dr. Seuss said, “To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.” Let me show you how to remember this every day and live out this principle to achieve your goals and fulfill your destiny.