Staying True: The Power of Authenticity and Purpose

Staying True: The Power of Authenticity and Purpose

I am honored to be featured in this insightful magazine that empowers, guides, and highlights the hard work of entrepreneurs. As a Black woman, I know that I am very privileged to be able to create, build, and exceed expectations in a world that is not always fair to my people. One of my favorite quotes that has always helped shape my business endeavors is the one by Cyril Ramaphosa: ‘No action is too small when it comes to changing the world… I’m inspired every time I meet an entrepreneur who is succeeding against all odds.’ This sentence represents me to my core. I’ve always been pushing and striving for more to help and guide my community, ultimately aiming to sustain a change in our lives and in society.

Nowadays, diversity and inclusion seem to be the ultimate goal of all businesses when it comes to their values, employee hiring, and client strategies, but it wasn’t quite this popular just a few years back. I want to address my message to all social entrepreneurs; I know it is extremely demanding, and there is a cost to helping elevate what is in the shadows—meaning people and ideas that don’t fit the ‘norm.’ But it is oh so important because it creates a voice and an environment for those who are oppressed and undervalued for unjust reasons. We all contribute to our country, and it is crucial to celebrate the pluralities of points of view and backgrounds.

As we celebrate Black History Month this February, it is crucial to remember and get inspired by the women and men before me who paved the way, allowing me to be who I am today and have the opportunity to be featured in this magazine! I always strive to meet their level of dedication, resilience, and focus because I believe that those qualities are key to succeeding and maintaining a clear sense of self and sanity when challenges come our way. I believe that staying true to who we are and finding our mission in life are paramount to attracting the right people that will help us reach our goals and rise up to the circumstances that matters.

Lastly, I would like to mention how mental health and self-care are so precious for our well-being. We can be so busy and ignited by so much passion that we forget to make time for ourselves. We sometimes feel that our need to rest can wait because the cause that we are fighting for is so much more important… However, I have learned that putting myself first doesn’t mean forgetting my purpose, but it allows me to be better equipped to push more boundaries. It’s not an easy task… Trust me, I sometimes fail myself, but I know, it is essential and we all need to remind ourselves of the importance of self care.  

I salute all of you courageous leaders out there; let’s keep the light going for a better future for the generations to come ! Happy and Proud Black History Month ! 


Carla Beauvais

Co-Founder of Fondation Dynastie

Carla Beauvais is both a social entrepreneur, columnist, and consultant. Convinced that an equitable and inclusive society begins with awareness, respectful dialogue, the creation of an inclusive climate, and a willingness to take action, she is highly involved in several organizations and projects that share the same perspectives.

For over ten years and until recently, she orchestrated and coordinated the development and organization of Black History Month, whose programming highlights Quebecers from Black communities who contribute to the development of society.

In parallel, she co-founded Fondation Dynastie, which advocates for diversity and inclusion in the fields of arts, culture, and media. She then co-founded Orijin Village to provide technology solutions to businesses in black communities, enabling them to reach new market segments and bridge the digital divide.

She spent some time in Haiti co-organizing several events creating social and economic momentum in the country. She also co-founded Konsome Lokal, an organization that raises awareness about the role of buying local in the country’s future and the health of consumers.

Finally, as a columnist and contributor in various media outlets, Carla also raises public awareness about diversity and inclusion issues and speaks out against social injustices.

With her strong interpersonal skills and commitment to social engagement, she constantly seeks to create more inclusive environments by building bridges between institutions, creators from Black communities, and the public.

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