The Firecracker Who Was Too Bold in a Relationship and at Work: Genesis Amaris Kemp’s Favorite Mistakes

The Firecracker Who Was Too Bold in a Relationship and at Work: Genesis Amaris Kemp’s Favorite Mistakes


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My guest for Episode #168 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Genesis Amaris Kemp. She is a Creative Content Writer, Author, Self-Development Advocate, Visionary, Inclusion and Diversity enthusiast, and (I love this) a “Firecracker, and a force to be reckoned with.”

She is a woman of color, a trailblazer who wants others to live out their dreams, goals, and visions. 

She’s the author of the book Chocolate Drop in Corporate America: From The Pit To The Palace.

Genesis has been featured on four dozen-plus podcasts, and magazines, and then decided to finally start her own podcast, GEMS with Genesis Amaris Kemp.

In this episode, Genesis shares her “favorite mistake” stories about being too bold. Why did her now-husband break up with her four times? Why was she told to stop being so bold at work? Was there a double standard for a woman of color? What did she learn and how did she adapt, while remaining true to herself?

We also talk about questions and topics including:

  • Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man — relationships book, Steve Harvey
  • Working in oil and gas – male dominated
  • Double standard for women? More so as a woman of color?
  • You write about choosing a major (and changing majors) — tell us about that thought process. 
  • In your book, you talk about having 3 job opportunities… it sounds like you chose what was the best for the long term (not just the highest pay in the now). What led to that decision?
  • What led to you writing your book?
  • Mistakes related to DEI — that organizations make or that individuals make?
  • Tell us about your Podcast:
  • Dad – victim of a medication error while a patient… paralyzed
  • Prompted her to talk about the grief journey… into a microphone

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"When meeting people, you need to kind of be an observer, then open your mouth and speak versus just coming out this bold and just straight out the gate..."

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.