Ileah grew up in Lakeland but lived in DC after graduate school, where she met her husband and had their two kids. Without reliable childcare, they worked from home and maintained a small consulting firm focused on clean energy financing projects. Fearing the money for clean energy would not be available like it had been, they relocated to Lakeland to start other projects. Lakeland provided the opportunity to focus on the coaching and energy work that Ileah loves. She also works part-time for Foley Immigration Law, serves on the Red Tent Initiative Board of Directors, and recently started a group called the Lakeland Women’s Collective– advocates for the advancement of women in Central Florida. She is a feminist trying to rebrand that term here in Lakeland. For Ileah, being a feminist simply means helping other women reach their highest potential. She enjoys meeting with women, understanding their values and priorities, defining what they need to reach their goal, and helping them acquire the resources to start moving toward that goal.
What is your business? I am a life coach and energy worker. I help people remove energetic barriers to their success so they can move forward in the direction of their best life.
Who are your clients? I work with people who are stuck in a rut, are having a hard time reaching their goals, and have been on autopilot so long that they aren’t even sure what their goals are. I help them rediscover themselves and help design a path to their next big goal.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? My primary motive was the flexibility with my time so I can be available for my family.
What are your short-term goals? To help people better understand energy work and not be afraid of it. Also, to have a great turnout for our second Lakeland Women’s Collective meeting in February!
What are some business wins? I joined a mastermind group for energy workers that has been very rewarding. Additionally, LWC recently hosted the State of Women event and came away with an amazing group of women eager to make changes for women in Polk County.
How has Catapult helped you? Catapult has given me a chance to meet some very talented and smart women entrepreneurs.
Why Lakeland? Lakeland has a lot of opportunity for growth. There are large pockets of marginalized people not being served here. I believe that helping those groups could skyrocket all Lakelanders’ success and am focused on funnelling resources to those groups specifically.
What is your Secret Sauce? I have to be myself, even if it is uncomfortable for other people.
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