My purpose is to use my gifts of leadership, compassion, resilience, and a positive and growth mindset to empower women to step up and speak out to get the career and life they deserve.

Together we will disrupt social norms around Women’s role in the workplace, business, politics and family and fight for Women’s full and equal participation in all facets of society.

One woman at a time.


Step Up & Speak Out Formula

A proven method to get your power & freedom back, become a leader in all areas of your life and live your life on your own terms.



Carla Martins

Women's Leadership and Career Coach and Mentor
I am Carla, BelightU's founder and CEO. I am a people professional, a certified coach and a mentor. I have more than 20 years of experience and have helped many people transform their lives.
Like many women, I have my story, with ups and downs! I've experienced overwhelm, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, impostor syndrome and failure. But my obsession with continuously learning and challenging myself to improve gave me the motivation to push forward, try new strategies and tools, successfully overcome my problems, and get my power and freedom back.
Now, I coach and mentor other women to do the same. I empower women to step up and speak out to get the career and life they deserve.



ACE Coach Accelerator Enhanced Practitioner

Certified Life & Success Coach

CIPD Level 7 Diploma in Human Resources Management

Master’s Degree in Management

MBA in International Management

Learn more about me on LinkedIn

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Elsie Boat

I'm Elsie, forever young at heart and abundant in creativity.
I'm a trained journalist and copywriter, as well as a lifelong learner on a quest to live life to the fullest.



We believe we need to put ourselves in other people’s shoes and help them from a place of no judgement. This will develop trust and success in any relationship.


We are open and transparent and will give our best in everything that we do. We will create a safe space, with honesty and no judgement, where we all are whole and resourceful.


We do and practice what we say we believe in. We walk the talk.


We always have an overall positive perspective and focus on all that is good in life. This allows us to approach life’s challenges with a positive outlook. However, it does not mean avoiding or ignoring the negative but making the most of potentially bad situations, trying to see the best in other people, and viewing ourselves and our abilities in a positive light.


We are lifelong learners, passionate about growing and the endless possibilities in life. We are not afraid to fail…we have failed many times and have always learned and grown from these failures. There is no failure, only opportunities. Fail fast and try again.