Dr. Fatima Hafiz Muid, Ph.D, CEO and Founder of TEA Group

Dr. Fatima Hafiz Muid, Ph.D, CEO and Founder of TEA Group

 
 

About the Founder

Hi, I’m Dr. Fatima Hafiz. Before I was the CEO of my own company, I was just a little girl who wanted to be loved and liked.

I fell into the trap just like many other young black people: letting my circumstances dictate my choices.

My mother was only fourteen when she became pregnant with me. During my childhood, she had to be away at work more often than she was home and my grandmother raised me instead. Likewise, my mother had been raised by her own grandmother. Her own mother–my grandmother–had gotten pregnant at nineteen and been raised by my great-grandmother.

From the moment I was born, I was already a part of a generational cycle.

When I had my own children, I came to realize my children needed more than just food and clothing. They needed me to be fully present with them, but I was still learning how to recognize the things they didn’t say aloud. In order to be fully present with them, I needed to encourage their budding gifts and catch warning signs in their behaviors. My offerings as a parent didn’t match exactly what society might have expected from me. But I’ll never forget the note my now-adult daughter wrote to me one Christmas.

“Mom, you may not have always been there in the way I needed you, but .”

In spite of all the ways I thought I failed as a parent, they learned from both my successes and failures. As I continued trying to be a better parent, I learned from my children. They have always been my greatest teachers.

Over the course of my life, I learned how to shatter the lies of feeling unloved, incapable, and trapped in my circumstances.