Intelex Technologies is joining the celebration of Black History Month 2021 by launching a blog series that shares the first-person experiences of our employees and celebrates their accomplishments and contribution to Intelex. Our second blog introduces you to Thierry Beauliere, who joined Intelex in August 2019.
What is your name and title and what do you do at Intelex?
My name is Thierry Beaulière and I am currently occupying the role of Legal Counsel at Intelex. I have been with the company since August of 2019.
I am a proud member of Intelex’s legal department. Our team is composed of two lawyers who act as legal counsel for Intelex.
As an in-house lawyer, my job is to provide advice, guidance and representation in legal matters involving the company. My role often requires me to draft, review and revise complex commercial agreements, transactional contracts and other legal documents such as master SaaS agreements, non-disclosure agreements, data protection agreements and more. I am also regularly tasked to lead both internal and customer-facing contract negotiations.
What do you like most about working at Intelex?
I love the company’s culture – the collaborative atmosphere, the clubs, the social activities and all the other cool perks that come with working at Intelex. I also love that I can witness and appreciate the positive impact of my work on my colleagues and our customers.
What do you like about working in tech what are some of your challenges?
The role of lawyers in the tech world is fascinating. It blends legal doctrine surrounding contractual obligations, privacy, intellectual property, corporate law, etc. with a dynamic sector that is at the forefront of technological advancement. The challenges we face are unique, diverse and multilayered. For example, my mandate is to help Intelex achieve its business interests while ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations. This means pushing the business forward while simultaneously mitigating risk and insulating the company from liability.
Are there challenges to being Black in tech?
Yes, there are challenges to being black in tech. In my experience, these are the same challenges faced by black people throughout the corporate world: sometimes suffering from impostor syndrome, witnessing the lack of representation in leadership positions, and navigating stereotypes and other microaggressions (for example, derogatory comments or “jokes” about a person’s appearance, accent, cultural/ethnic background, etc.).
Did you have a mentor and if so what’s the best piece of advice they gave you?
I haven’t encountered a formal mentor during my career, but I was fortunate to meet a few outstanding individuals who inspired and guided me along my journey. Some of the best advice I’ve received is to think of yourself as a lifelong learner to take criticism for what it is: an opportunity to make you better at what you do.
What advice do you have for anyone looking to get into your line of work?
Trust yourself, have faith in your abilities and be true to your morals and your values.
Do you have a quote that inspires you?
This quote is from a comic book I read years ago. It stuck with me ever since.
Let men label you as they may, if you alone of all the nation decide one way, and that way be the right way by your convictions of the right, you have done your duty by yourself and by your country. Hold up your head for you have nothing to be ashamed of.
It doesn’t matter what the press says. It doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. It doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. Republics are founded on one principle above all else: The requirement that we stand up for what we believe in. No matter the odds or consequences.
When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth and tell the whole world:
“No, you move.”
Black History Month is an annual celebration which recognizes the significant contributions of African-Americans throughout history, through their artistic, cultural, scientific and political contributions. The theme of Black History Month 2021 is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.”
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