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Meet Tanesha Welch of T. Welch Enterprises | @TEAwithTEEWelch in Leimert Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tanesha Welch.

Tanesha, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I completed college at Cal. State Dominguez Hills with a Bachelors Degree in Human Services. I went on for about 7 years to obtain positions as Alcohol and Drug Counselor turned Program Director then Adjunct Professor in the Non-Profit Drug Medi-Cal/Alcohol and Drug Counseling industry. With a passion for philantrophic endeavors, I founded and was the CEO of A Blessing in a Bag Foundation, Inc. A non-profit organization servicing the homeless community in the city of Los Angeles. This non-profit was in operation from 2009- 2014 before discontinuing services. While in operation, we serviced over 4,000 youth, adults and families in needs with hygiene kits, clothing, food and self-care items. With a background in cheer and dance, I opened a girls performing arts program for low-income families which ran from 2012-2017 called, Rhythmic Strength. Having a desire to give the youth more tools aside from self-expression through dance, I ended the program in order to build a new foundation and mission. The all new G.I.R.L.S. Ignite mentorship and empowerement program launches on April 17, 2018. In partnership with Yvonne Nettles-Hayes – owner of Beautiful Visions, Inc and Shalonda Williams- owner of Physique Movement. I continued my professional experience as a Billing Lead for Health Right 360 for the PRCS Program which was contracted through the Los Angeles County Probation Department inmate re-entry program.

After 3 years of service for PRCS, in 2015, I resigned and found myself founding and operating T. Welch Enterprises. It came about after heavy prayer and asking God to guide me down the path he sees fit. It started with one-on-one consulting sessions with women on personal and professional levels. I believe in divine assignments and connections and I am fortunate to have women such as Kristen Welch, Eileen Coskey Fracchia and Shanika Lorraine to name a few, who have given me great guidance, direction and inspiration along my journey of showing up as the best me possible. In February 2016, I had began to use my expertise as a former counselor, instructor, compliance manager and facilitator to pour into these women from all walks of life. From there, I learned that I was called to uplift girls and women and I started my women’s empowerment sisterhood group “Project S.L.A.Y (Simply.Live.As.You)”, a tribe of women with imperfections, learning to embrace who they are and perfect how they show up in the world. In addition, I started my @TEAwithTEEWelch mission (training and consulting, empowerment groups, events and retreats, additional services and motivational products), which has been a blessing to over 300 women since 2016 both personally and professionally. Annually, I host a women’s retreat (SLAYcation sisterhood getaway) , a women’s luncheon (EmPOWERHer Influential Women’s brunch/luncheon) and a women’s conference, we paint and sip (EmPOWERHer empowerment conference and paint and sip.

I am a facilitator|entrepreneur|author and self-care pusher. My mission is to instill the importance of self-care, self-sufficiency and self-esteem into girls and women all over. In all events I host, I feature women owned businesses/services/products and women speakers because I believe in giving all women in the pursuit of their success a platform to be great. I have been able to accomplish this through my consulting services, women’s groups, events and my motivational products. My motivational products are my goal-setting and self-reflection WERKbook which is available on Amazon and Kindle, my empowerment coffee mugs – motivation with every sip and my self-care challenge eBook.

In all that I do, I only hope that I make uplifting other girls and women contagious and rid women of the belief that “other women are competition” because it’s really about collaboration.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been a very smooth road, I believe that with anything that you are called to do, will come roadblocks.  It is important to also deal with your mental health prior and even during your journey. We sometimes want to mask our mental and emotional setbacks and I learned that dealing with them, healing from them and embracing them makes you that much more brilliant. When I allowed my mental health to have all the power, I could not show up at my best. Now that I understand how it hurt me to later shape me, I’m that much more stronger.

Some challenges have been narrowing my focus and finding my niche. Often, when one starts a business or program you have clear expectations of your services. You may be approached by so many others that want you to do something that is not in your scope of work. Usually, a new entrepreneur and business owner may jump at the opportunities. It took me a while but I now understand my scope of work, the target audience I am servicing and learned to say “no” to other opportunities that are not within it.

I like to say to my clients “stop STOPPING yourself”. That’s one of the biggest challenges for me. I was my own obstacle and I practiced a lot of self-sabotage. I’ve always been great at anything I put my mind to, I just had to get up and go after it.

Another challenge would be financial backing. Many people and what I find to be true with my clients and myself early on, was that in the beginning you have this vision or dream but don’t have enough money to support it. This detours a lot of people. I know for me I had a vision for my annual women’s conference and I thought ” how in the world am I going to fund this?” I learned that a simple “ask” goes a long way. Once I became passionate about my purpose and believed in the lives it would change, I started to ask around for help. I was amazed and still amazed at the support I receive from others to sponsor my events and sponsor women to attend them. I use to be afraid to ask others for help, and wanted to do things all on my own. Once I learned the power of outsourcing and collaborations, I changed a lot of how I do business.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the T. Welch Enterprises | @TEAwithTEEWelch story. Tell us more about the business.
I am known to the world as ‘Mrs. TEE’ and I adapted this name to keep myself relatable. In my S.L.A.Y (simply.live.as.you) movement, I urge women to just be them in all that they do. Of course, if you have to tweak who you are just a bit through self-care and personal/professional development, do the necessary. But stay true to the ‘positive’ you.

My main focus is facilitation of my women’s group, hosting my empowerment conferences and retreats. Facilitation topics will typically include empowerment, self-care, aspiring entrepreneurship, nurturing relationships and more.

I am proud that T. Welch Enterprises for the past 2 years has been a major influence to women growing and even coming out of depressed lifestyles personally and enhancing their business/entrepreneur acumen professionally. Women have found themselves to be assets in whatever they may be attempting to accomplish in life and have finally stepped into living realistically. I am proud to have girls and women entrust in me as a mentor with the understanding that I am on this journey along side of them and not ahead. Meaning, I will be transparent, authentic and learn as I lead.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
In the next 5-10 years, I see T. Welch Enterprises being a much larger service based company with many more mentorship program, conferences and services for girls and women. I will have a larger platform for women owned businesses to showcase their services and products and allow female speakers and entrepreneurs to pour into the guest of all events and social media platforms. I plan to release many more books/workbooks that will aide in young girls and women self-care and self-help process. Ultimately, I want to create a tribe of women who have found their voice, advanced in their career industry or started their own business and are giving back to the community and uplifting other girls and women.

Pricing:

  • Entrepreneur/Small Business consulting – $35 -$75/hr
  • Event/Workshop facilitation and coordination $50-$250+
  • Project S.L.A.Y Women’s Group $15/session (4 sessions per cohort)
  • EmPOWERHer coffee/latte mugs $12.95
  • Self-care challenge eBook $12.50
  • Empowerment conferences and events $25+
  • EmPOWERHer goal-setting and self-reflection WERKbook (available on Amazon) $12.95
  • Women’s Online mentorship program and masterclasses $15/month

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