Couch Talk S2: Cindy Charles, all about women empowerment!
Cindy Charles invites some of Montreal’s most talented, passionate and inspirational women to share their stories on her couch. In addition of being the host of the show, Cindy has also her own platform; Collectively Beautiful, where the world can meet influential women, be inspired by them and join a sorority-like social support. We sat down with her to discuss her mission, her motivation and what drives her in life.
Cindy, before beginning, can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?
I am of Haitian descent, born in Montreal and raised in Brooklyn, NY. I came back to Montreal to finish my Bachelor degree at Concordia University. My degree is in Sociology and Psychology, so it's no surprise that I'm all about society, people and what gets them going.
Couch Talk is part of the platform you created, Collectively Beautiful. When did it all begin and what is its mission?
I started my website Collectively Beautiful about 4 years ago after a bad breakup. Suddenly, I had found myself single with no friends, and realized that I had done the typical mistake of putting my everything into a relationship...into a guy. After some soul searching and reconnecting with really good friends, I realized how important the sisterhood was. That's when I decided to create a platform to connect, inspire and empower women.
You interview amazing women with Couch Talk, as an entrepreneur yourself, can you tell us three qualities you need to succeed?
Perseverance, courage and optimism.
As an entrepreneur you can face many challenges, what motivates you every day?
A few things... thoughts of my future kids and wanting to leave them a legacy, wanting to make my dad proud, and my self-confidence... I think that the only difference between people who do great things and those who don’t is that some believe that they are good enough and others don't.
Do you have a role model or a mentor?
My role model is my mother. As a business woman I don't have a mentor, but if I could choose one, it would be Sonia Benezra.
What does women empowerment mean to you? Why is it so important?
Women empowerment is about giving women the tools they need to better themselves. It's important because it's not just a woman's issue, it's a social issue. If we enable women to pursue their dreams, they not only contribute to the economy but also to society in many ways. Women are the ones more likely to volunteer, to adopt, to donate and to be involved in their community. I also personally believe that a fulfilled woman makes a better parent, that can better raise well balanced adults in our society.
Every episode of Couch Talk is filled with great advice, what’s the best thing you learned while filming the show?
Well the cool thing about filming the show is that I'm always learning, and feeding off of the knowledge and years of experience of these amazing women. Each guest has brought something interesting to the table and advice that I take to heart. The ones that stood out the most this season is; "no matter how big or small, take a step towards your dream every day", by Genevieve Borne. I also like Daniele Henkel's advice about women embracing their differences in the corporate world instead of trying to be like men. I have received so much great advice on Couch Talk, I'm sure someone is bound to be inspired as I was. :)
Photo credit: Luc Perron