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Carla Mestas, MA

Favorite Quote:     "Dime con quien andas y te dire quien eres" Tell me who you walk with and I will show you who are.      – Mexican Dicho

Carla is the proud Founder and President of C.I.R.C.L.E. & STAMP. She has worked in the area of equity, social justice and inclusiveness for nearly 20 years. She is a consultant, public speaker, trainer, writer and community organizer. Carla has worked extensively in diverse communities on the national, state and local levels. She promotes transformational leadership amongst diverse leaders, communities and organizations in the public and private sectors. She is the Principal of Mestas Consulting, a firm that focuses on diversity, equity and inclusiveness. She is a daughter, sister, a wife and a mother to three amazing children who teach her something new every day.

Why CIRCLE?    For my children and future generations, in order to create communities where all people feel a sense of belonging.

Favorite book related to inclusiveness:     Bless Me Ultima – Rudolfo Anaya This book reminds me of who I am and where I come from; generations of courageous upstanders who worked the land they loved. It honors my ancestors and reminds me the importance of bringing indigenous and traditional ways into today’s work of equity and social justice.

Personal Theme Song:    “People Get Ready” Curtis Mayfield & “A Change is Gonna Come” - Sam Cooke These songs relate to one another, in that we all need to get ready and get on board. The world is changing, we are all connected and we are creating that change, for the better, one relationship at a time.

She, Her, Ella

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