Founder & CEO of Claim The Lead™
I'm Teena Evert
Founder & CEO of claim the Lead™
Thank you for visiting my website and showing interest in learning more about who I am and what I stand for. To give you a clear perspective of how I came to becoming a business owner who is inspired and motivated to support women in embracing their power, I have to share a bit of my journey.
I will just share some important markers to help paint a picture for you...
I grew up in the Midwest region of the US in a blue collar family. My father was the primary breadwinner, as my mom’s primary role was to raise me and my two siblings. The messages that I internalized from my upbringing were, “women are always to blame - for traffic accidents, financial stress, drama with the children, not maintaining harmony in the home, for being overweight, underweight, anything but the ideal weight, etc.” You get my point. I felt that so devalued simply by being a woman and no matter how much I tried to meet someone else’s expectations I felt like I had failed. It wasn’t always obvious that I could never measure up, as no one really spoke directly about it, but I sensed it by the quality of attention that I received or lack there of it.
There was a theme growing up that troubled me. Whenever I felt confident, powerful and my most authentic self, someone would say something or do something that knocked my self-confidence down to the level that I felt powerless and ashamed for being me. It was the subtle messages I would hear and internalize about being a woman. This meant I would never add up to being worth the same as my little brother.
I watched men and women give away their power and get stuck living in victimhood. I also watched people use their power to intimidating and bullying others. This misuse of power and abuse of power has played out in various ways my whole life.
I could share countless stories of being caught up in situations where people in a place of power abused their power to get what they wanted from me. This power OVER tactic leaves one feeling powerless and victimized. I learned to play small to avoid becoming too visible, as a way to protect myself from being preyed upon. Although playing it safe could have kept me safe, it didn’t. It also didn’t give me any of the tools and life skills to trail blaze my way through the muck. Therefore, I reminded stuck for years.
Ultimately, I had to learn how to find my own personal power and embrace it so that I could take a stand for my own self worth and value as a woman who is not afraid of her own power. I had to be courageous and claim the lead in all areas of my life. I put my stake in the ground and began to redefine what power and leadership meant to me.
Since then, I have helped thousands of women do the same. As a licensed marriage and family therapist and addictions counselor I’ve worked with people who had no relationship to their own power. Without a relationship with their power they felt stuck and often scared because they were in very dis-empowering situations, whether it was in their marriage, with a significant other or within a company for which they were dependent on to meet their needs.
The first step to get unstuck from the muck in our life is to develop a healthy relationship with power, your own power, so you can use it to grow and enhance your personal character, not cut off the very source of energy within you that sustains a vibrant and expressive life.
With that said, after working with a countless number of highly distressed couples and women in relationship and personal crises, I have decided to step away from crisis management and further away from the heightened emotional distress and chaos that people can create and sustain when they are not willing to look honestly at themselves and their relationship with power and take 100% responsibility for their complaints and resolutions.
I now step into a new paradigm of helping women develop a healthy relationship with power from power over (oppression) to power To (leadership) in their personal and professional lives by reducing stress and overwhelm and increasing productivity, intention confidence, and authenticity.
I love to help women who are either in business for themselves or for another develop a healthy relationship with their work, their business and their life. I am a strong advocate and supporter of their personal growth, business growth, emotional health and financial health.
This is not something we can do alone. We don’t develop our powerful selves in isolation. We lose our power in relationships and we must gain it back in relationships and it starts with the relationship with YOU.
So will you join me on this collaborative journey where you get to trail blaze your power path forward and in the direction that supports your biggest and brightest self?
I would be so honored to guide you, to hold you accountable, to supply you with what you need to develop the life skills you’re missing to claim the lead in every area of your life. To be able to radiate authentic confidence that can’t be compared to anyone else’s because it is unique to you - you own it.
To feel powerful even when your afraid to be able to stay out of the muck because you have the support inside of you are surrounding you to pull you out. With that life is an adventure and we do not have to play small or be invisible to avoid danger, we can face it and conquer it without fighting with another or most importantly ourselves.
This is my speciality, expertise, innate gift and passion...
I help women who have BIG personalities, but they're stuck in a pattern of playing small and struggle with showing up and communicating what they really want. They lack the confidence needed to feel powerful and impactful in relationships and in business.
I also helps ALPHA women who are stuck in a pattern of constant over effort and pushing hard to get what they think they want. They're often perceived as demanding and intimidating in both their personal and professional lives, which diminishes their power and impact.
Both scenarios cause a women to feel confused about how to embrace and use their feminine power in a way that leads to less conflict and a greater impact.
I love to support a new generation of high potential women in business who are ready to step into their feminine power and radiate an authentic confidence that takes them from struggle to success in both their personal and professional lives.
It's your time to claim the Lead in your life and I'd love to help you get started!
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Wittenberg University | Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Minor Geology
The Guild for Structural Integration (GSI) Certified Structural Integration Practitioner
Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara Graduate Institute (SBGI) | Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Specialty Somatic Psychology and Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology
Denver Family Institute (DFI) Post-Graduate Marriage and Family Therapy Certification
State of Colorado
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)
State of Colorado
Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC)
World Business & Executive Coach Summit (WBECS) | Certified Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ) Coach
Relationship Coaching Institute (RCI) | Certified Relationship Coach
Global Association For Holistic Psychotherapy & Coaching (GAHP) | Certified Advanced Holistic Coach
Toastmasters International Club | On Broadway, Denver Chapter Member
National Speakers Association (NSA) | Professional Candidate Member, Colorado Chapter | NSA Colorado Speakers Academy 2018 Student
Santa Monica, California
The Women Speakers Association (WSA) | Premier Member
Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce (CWCC | Advancing Women in Business, Solopreneur Member | Women of Impact & Influence Leadership Program 2018-2019 Cohort
The Colorado Chapter
The International Enneagram Institute and The Colorado Chapter, Professional Member
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) | Leading Edge™ for Entrepreneurs Student
"Working with Teena, I was able to identify my values as an individual, purpose, and values I wanted to share with my life partner. For someone like me who knew herself well, it drove me deeper, made me think harder and helped me change for the best how I viewed myself and how I was showing up in the world. It was a revelation of me to me, that changed me in the end. If you feel lost, unsure, hesitant; I would admonish to work with Teena. You will emerge as a stronger, more capable version of you." - Tolu, Denver
"I am a very different person today than I was a few months ago. Prior to working with Teena, I held back my real self, because I was afraid. Afraid of being judged, of being perceived as weak, etc. I as many successful independent women, was under the illusion that to get ahead we have to repress our feminine side so as to not appear weak. Unfortunately, that only limits and hurts us. Teena has helped me become a better, happier version of me. I learned to embrace myself, my feelings, my essence. Through seemingly simple exercises, I naturally began embracing my feminine presence and started prioritizing myself and my emotions. This has helped tremendously in my professional and personal life. At work, I no longer need to push to get things accomplished. I am not defensive and or feel the need to be aggressive to accomplish my goals. I have a better handle on my anxiety and stress in difficult situations." - Maria, Chicago
"Teena has a true genius for asking the right questions, listening with compassion (and without judgment) and guiding you to important ah-has about yourself. - Jean, Connecticut
"Before I worked with Teena, I was feeling really anxious, scared and lost. I was doubting my potential and what I really wanted to do with my life and I didn’t have a guideline on how to take care of myself as a woman, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Through working with Teena, with her kind and patient way of approaching, I have a checklist that I can now go back to every month to make sure I'm doing the things that are good for me. I also learned how to slow down and drop back into my energy whenever I'm caught up in my head-space, which before would cause me great anxiety. Teena was very encouraging. She made it comfortable for me to share my stories because she used her own experiences to speak to me. She helped me through my resistance to pursue the things that make me happy and I have taken steps toward my goals. Teena is also very insightful. She helped me put my scattered thoughts into sentences; therefore, I was able to see some insights and blind spots about myself, as well as the way that I was thinking about myself, which was negative. Teena helped me see that I was the one 100% responsible for making positive and lasting changes in my life. I was able to embrace this idea, as Teena was able to shine a light on the areas of my life that I could not see. I am really thankful that I have found Teena and had the opportunity to go through her program." - Linh, Los Angeles
You may contact me via phone or email. I would love to connect with you and learn how I can best support you and your company.