Today we’d like to introduce you to Ellyse Grant.
Hi Ellyse, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My name is Ellyse, everyone calls me Elley. I was born and raised in North Philadelphia in the late 90’s early 2000s. North Philly is one of most unsafe poverty-stricken neighborhoods in Philadelphia where violent crimes are committed multiple times a day. It wasn’t always like this though. I grew up in the church like most young black families during that time.
I was a curious, adventurous child who made friends everywhere my eyes shifted. I had some great times as a child but also some dark challenging times as well. However, through all my adversity, challenges, and pain I never stopped wanting to help people. I know I wanted more out of life and I would do whatever I could to make a path for myself where there wasn’t one. I was the type of person to do Saturday Street cleaning with the block.
I would also go to church and volunteer as a summer camp counselor. I really enjoyed going to charities and volunteer events where I could fill in wherever needed. I would help all the older women on the block clean their homes and organize their things and we would talk and play dominoes. So, I knew I had a passion to help people, and I easily connected with them. I knew I wanted to create a better world for everyone. If I could just spread my cheer and kindness, listen and help them.
It wasn’t until I was in high school that I realized I had a gift. The gift of being mindful, empathetic, nurturing, and in touch with the people around me and their feelings and struggles. I would often run into people that felt compelled to be around me in my space and energy. I was told, that I make them feel good, courageous, and safe to be themselves. They would share with me their deepest pains, struggles, and biggest goals in life. I would talk to strangers, friends, and acquaintances it didn’t matter who.
I always wanted to help people see their strength. I wanted to be their hype man as they say. People would ask me for my opinion on things, my advice, and my thoughts on current events. Unbeknownst to me, they were applying my advice and thoughts to their lives, and it had a positive effect. I had a friend once tell me that if it wasn’t for me, he may have committed suicide. I didn’t know in high school that he was struggling with his sexuality. I just always encouraged him to be himself, speak up for himself and forget what people thought.
I remember for graduation he asked me my thoughts on him wearing an all-white suit. What will people think? I said, forget what they think, you are going to wear that suit. You are going to be fly, the best dressed. He lit up with a smile and wore that suit. He told me years later, that by being a friend, listening and being understanding. It allowed him to come out and be secure within himself. It touched my heart to hear that. I was simply just being myself like I would do for anyone.
Over the years, the same things would happen. Someone would tell me I saved their marriage, or they changed their hair or went for that job or had more confidence after speaking with me. I really got clear on what my purpose was during the Covid-19 pandemic. I said to the universe and GOD, if this is what you want me to do. I won’t fight it anymore. I enjoy it and I accept it’s my purpose.
I want to help, inspire, connect with and touch people. I want them to leave feeling like a better person after an encounter with me. I want to achieve every goal I set out to in this life as a Life Coach. I want to change people’s lives for the better. That’s when I started, We Need to Talk Coach, LLC.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I started my company at the age of 35 during a world pandemic, recession, depression, election, protest, and massive killings taking place around the US. My black people were being murdered for absolutely nothing. We were in quarantine, working from home and my teenage twins were home full-time doing school online. My family dog died, and I was going through a divorce. The timing was not right, but I had to get started. I had to stop and start so many times.
I had to stop to focus on my mental health as I was stressed from the divorce process. I was trying to figure out where I was going to live. Was I going to survive this stress, this depression this recession, and this illness? Once the divorce was final, I tried to start again and was overwhelmed. I didn’t know where to begin. The world was depressed and no one was interested in Life Coaching services, everything transitioned online. It was a major adjustment. No one wanted to talk to anyone about anything it was a very sensitive, stressful, and scary time.
I stopped working on my business again this time because I didn’t have the money, I didn’t know how to market. I was already working as an Medical Account Executive full time and trying to do both was stressful. I stopped because I doubted myself. I stopped because I was scared. Each time, I stopped I always came back to it because there are people who need to talk and they needed my help. Whether they were ready or not. Eventually they would be ready and I would be ready. If I didn’t start somewhere, I would get nowhere. I got really serious and focused end of 2021 and I have been consistently working on my business and I haven’t looked back yet.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
My name is Ellyse. I am a Life Coach who helps women navigate through challenging experiences. I am an advocate for women finally putting themselves first. I use my knowledge gained both through personal life experiences and my 10 years as a relationship manager. I help my clients build confidence, gain courage, and recognize their strengths.
As a Life Coach, my purpose is to help my clients improve their relationships, careers, and day-to-day lives. I help my clients get clear on their goals, set boundaries, and overcome challenges that may be holding them back. I will get you back on track. Work with me if you’re ready for personal growth and to accomplish your goals. With me, you are going to be held accountable.
What sets me apart from other coaches is that. I work with enduring women, women who look like me. Women who want and deserve more but don’t know where to begin. I was that woman. With me, you will get a real, genuine, and around-the-way girl who worked her way from the ghetto into a successful career in corporate as a Senior Account executive and now Life Coach.
I am a mom, a divorcee, a college graduate, a friend, a sister, a niece, a daughter, a survivor, and a testimony. I am a listener and a healer and I don’t just do what I do for money it is my purpose. I care about you and the outcome.
“Let’s turn a negative into a positive.”
How can people work with you, collaborate with you, or support you?
You can work with me by booking an appointment using the link below. You can schedule a free 30-minute consultation, a one-on-one session, a business inquiry, and a collaborative meeting. https://calendly.com/weneedtotalkcoachlifecoaching.
You can support me by following me on IG https://www.instagram.com/weneedtotalkcoach/
You can contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Website: https://calendly.com/weneedtotalkcoachlifecoaching
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/weneedtotalkcoach/
Davon Gaskins and Ellyse Grant