Behind The Mind Radio Show



tiffany quivers | 7.14.17 (LIVE)

Tiffany Quivers

For more than a decade, Tiffany has been building learning models for top-notch organizations. Whether working in the government, nonprofit, or for-profit industry, she uses a custom approach to aid organizations in solving problems, improving performance, and building leaders. Quivers combines a deep knowledge of adult learning and instructional design with your unique learning needs, resulting in a training model that not only engages learners but also meets your organizational learning objectives.  Leadership development is at the heart of my work. I help organizations put the pieces together to grow transformative leaders. Clients include Harvard Business Publishing, 50Can, StandforChildren, ProInspire,  Symphonic Strategies and Careerstone Group.

sheryl ellison ponds | 7.21.17 (LIVE) 

Sheryl's intention is to disrupt the current urban redevelopment game. SBMH stacks the chips on the side of longtime inner city residents and business owners – the usual targets of developers, speculators, and the “Tax Man”. Characteristic of her tendency to stir things up a bit, this native Washingtonian created the official home of the web series S.A.V.E. Big Mama’s House (SBMH).  In her professional role, Sheryl. oversees multi-million dollar commercial real estate transactions in one of the most active markets in the business. On a daily basis, she leases, acquires, and/or develops offices, multi-family housing, retail and industrial locations in Washington, DC. Many of these projects seed community revitalization in underdeveloped local sub-markets.

chris richards | 6.9.17 (live)

Washington Post

Chris Richards became the Post's pop music critic in 2009.. Back in 2001, Chris Richards, 34, was getting his start at the Washington Post, sorting mail and answering phones in the newsroom. By night, he was playing shows in Washington, D.C.’s post-punk band Q and Not U.  in 2005, Richards began writing music reviews for the Post. Three years later, he was in New York working as editor of The Fader, but soon found himself returning to our nation's capital, back at the Washington Post, this time as the paper’s full-time pop music critic – "pop," in this case, refers to covering everything but classical.

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geoffrey mount varner, md | 6.30.17 (live)

Howard University Hospital

Chief of emergency medicine and Interim Chairman Dr. Geoffrey Mountvarner directs a skilled team of doctors and nurses at the Howard University Hospital in Washington DC. Since May 2007, he has overseen the emergency department that treats 58,000 patients in a space that was intended to treat only 36,000 individuals. His new book Home Alive: 11 Must Rules for Surviving Encounters with the Police, Dr. Mount Varner, a Harvard graduate, board-certified emergency medicine physician , and father uses real emergency department stories, experiences, data and interviews to share 11 MUST researched strategies that will save your life. This is not a police bashing book. Home Alive and the 11 strategies presented immediately starts to save lives now once read.

Bruce george | 6.2.17 (LIVE)

Co-Founder, DefPoetry Jam

Founder, Genius is Common

Bruce is the Founder of the “Genius is Common” Movement and coiner of the slogan “Genius is Common” which fosters self-esteem in the youth, by them coming to the realization that they each have a creative genius seed in them. Bruce was born and raised in New York City. He has written poetry/prose & articles for over 37 years. He has written testimonials from the likes of Essence Magazine, Emerge Magazine, Class Magazine, Harlem River Press etc… He has won several awards such as a “Peabody Award” for “Russell Simmons Presents, Def Poetry (HBO)”, a “Miky Award” for “Russell Simmons Presents, Def Poetry Jam (HBO)”, an “Upscale Showcase Award”, a “Trail Blazer Award” etc… for his outstanding vision, production, writing and performance.

a.d. carson, Phd | 7.28.17 (LIVE)

UVA Professor of Hip Hop

A.D. Carson is a performance artist, educator, and Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design from Clemson University. His dissertation, entitled “Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics of Rhymes & Revolutions" has become viral and earned him a position as Assistant Professor of Hip Hop at UVA Fall 2017.  He is an award-winning artist with work published in The Guardian, The Conversation, Collage, The Alchemist Review, Quiddity International Literary Journal and Public-Radio Program, and Mistake House, among others. He has published essays in the critical readers The Cultural Impact of Kanye West and Jay-Z: Essays on Hip Hop’s Philosopher King. His first novel, COLD, hybridizes poetry, rap lyrics, and prose, and The City: [un]poems, thoughts, rhymes & miscellany is a collection of poems, short stories, and essays. Carson is the recipient of the Grace Patton Conant Award for Literary Creation and is a 2016 recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Excellence in Service at Clemson University.

tara libert | 6.23.17 (live)

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop

Before co-founding Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop in 2002, Tara worked as a radio and television news and documentary producer for twelve years. After producing many features on the US criminal justice system, Tara began volunteering with Georgetown University’s Family Literacy Program, tutoring incarcerated parents at the District of Columbia jail. She is trained as a tutor with the Literacy Volunteers of America and a mediator with The Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County, MD. Tara trained at the Freedom Writer’s Institute and her writing has been included in Teaching Hope: Stories from the Freedom Writer Teachers ( She has won the Linowes Award for “unsung community heroes” and the DC Department of Corrections George Strawn Volunteer Award. 

katie denis | 7.7.17 (replay)

Project Time Off

Katie, Vice President, and Lead Researcher, is responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day management of Project: Time Off. She is also responsible for taking all of her vacation time and encouraging her team to do the same. It is her favorite duty. Before joining P:TO, Katie was at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a Director of Communications and Strategy. She spends her time off with her toes in the sand of Grayton Beach, FL, hiking the Colorado mountains, or returning home to Cincinnati, OH. Katie lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband and their two daughters.  Project: Time Off is leading a national movement to transform American attitudes and change behavior. We aim to shift culture so that taking time off is understood as essential to personal well-being, professional success, business performance, and economic expansion.

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