Green Bay’s Tameika Hughes-Foote wants women to have the hope she’s struggled to find in her own life.
“I was a teenage mother and had three children when I was 19. I was in toxic relationships that led to a lack of self-confidence,” Hughes-Foote said. “After going through those hurdles, there was a moment when I thought I could be around other women and help them overcome their own challenges.”
The transformation of his life is impressive. Now a case manager at St. John’s Ministries, she works full time while building a business, Go Girl! Life coaching. She says having a strong support system has brought her to the point where she believes she can grow a successful business that will have an impact.
A milestone in this journey took place years ago when she was working at Freedom House in Green Bay. Robyn Davis, who was director at the time, asked her to start a workshop.
“I had never done anything like this before, but I kept going,” Hughes-Foote said. “I created a workshop called ‘HOPE’, one of my favorite words. It’s about healing hearts and the optimism that comes from things like prayer and empowerment. So here we are years later, and I’m doing the same workshop in St. John’s.
Seeing the impact of the workshop on the participants, she began to dream of starting a business. She took entrepreneurship classes at the African Heritage Center in Appleton and connected with the We All Rise African American Resource Center in Green Bay, where she felt encouraged to take the next steps.
This led to mentoring sessions with David Stauffacher of the Small Business Development Center at UW-Green Bay and Laura Hack, a Green Bay SCORE mentor.
“They asked me questions like, ‘Who is my target audience? What will the business look like? What does it mean to be a life coach? How can I explain what I’m doing? “, Did she say. “It’s a process, and I’m in the awareness stage where I network and attend events to build relationships and get a better idea of what people are looking for.”
In receiving that feedback and working on a business plan, Hughes-Foote said the financial aspect has been the hardest part of the plan.
“It’s an estimate when I’m trying to assess what life coaching will look like in five years. It might be difficult,” she added.
But it is these obstacles that motivate her to help others. When her life was in crisis, she said she was tired of looking in the mirror and seeing someone she didn’t believe in. This taught him the benefit of setting goals to improve life situations.
“The most important thing is to get to the root of why we feel the way we do and set achievable goals,” Hughes-Foote said. “It’s good to be confident. It’s good to be proud of yourself.”
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Go girl! is about helping women, and especially African American women, gain that confidence in order to lead successful lives. On her website, www.gogirllifecoach.org, she says the values she wants to convey are respect, hope, joy and courage.
This will be done through workshops, groups and individual sessions. In addition to the HOPE workshop (an acronym for ealing hearts, optimistic thinking, Prayer and empowerment), she has one called “Be You” and another called “Her Crown”, a workshop that celebrates the strength of black women and the unique challenges they face.
Group sessions focus on the “secret to happiness” for women who want to discover their full potential. One-on-one coaching helps women “go from surviving to thriving” and offers highly personalized encounters.
]Most of the coaching has been done via video, but she is looking forward to having her own space in the future. The business was launched in March and continues to grow with the help of colleagues in St. John’s and volunteers.
“I’m lucky to have a support team,” Hughes-Foote said. “I can’t do everything and the people I work with have built my website and helped me in so many ways. A volunteer came up to me one day and said, ‘I want to help. said I wanted to be able to connect with more people and she came to my side.
Hughes-Foote says his mindset is to get out there and not overthink every aspect of the business because that only slows you down.
“The challenge is to work full time and be a mother and a wife. It’s going slower than expected, but I’m getting there,” she said. “I’ve learned that when I’m scared, I do it anyway.”
She says her life is proof of the power of prayer and God’s action in her life. Her inspiration is to give the same hope to women and to be an example for her children of what is possible.
The biography on her website sums up her mission: “I overcame an abusive relationship and gained self-confidence. …I moved to Green Bay in 2004 to provide a healthier lifestyle for myself and my children. Since then, I have had the pleasure of pursuing my passion in helping women achieve their goals and renew their mindset to thrive in their lives.
Tina Dettman-Bielefeldt is co-owner of DB Commercial Real Estate in Green Bay and former district manager of SCORE, Wisconsin.