Emily Mills is the award-winning founder of How She Hustles, a network with 18K social media followers that reaches diverse women through sold-out events and digital content. For 10 years, her events in Toronto have focused on entrepreneurship and leadership, attracting CEOs to Olympians.
Emily created the digital photo series HERstory in Black featuring 150 inspiring Black women, that earned national media coverage with CBC including a one-hour TV documentary. She launched Startup & Slay, a six-part digital video series featuring diverse women entrepreneurs from British Columbia to Nova Scotia with sponsors CIBC, Futurpreneur Canada and Ryerson University. Most recently, she hosted a Virtual Meet-up series in response to COVID-19.
A frequent public speaker and emerging leader to watch, Emily also held a roundtable with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about entrepreneurship and economic opportunities for Black women in 2019. She was invited to meet First Lady Michelle Obama in Toronto, and was proud to host two tables of diverse women and mentees during a recent Canadian visit by President Barack Obama.
Emily was named to Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 list by Women's Executive Network (Mercedez-Benz Emerging Leader Category), the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women list, and was honoured as a Ryerson University Alumni of Distinction. She was humbled to be appointed to the national committee for Women Deliver, the world’s largest conference about the health and wellbeing of women and girls held last year in Vancouver, British Columbia. She also sits on a joint TaskForce with CivicAction and City Councillor Brad Bradford that will feed into the Mayor of Toronto’s Economic Support and Recovery Task Force for COVID-19.
A graduate of Ryerson and York Universities, Emily studied music, journalism and PR. She is a married mother of two young boys.
Brynne Kennedy is the founder of Topia, and author of the book, Flat, Fluid and Fast: Harness the Talent Mobility Revolution to Drive Employee Engagement, Accelerate Innovation, and Unleash Growth.
Brynne, an entrepreneur and Congressional candidate, recognizes the
imperative of overhauling standard operating practices for any small
business during a time of demographic change and technology advances that
allow people to work in many different ways and in different locations.
-concrete actions that will help small businesses continually
attract workers with the skills to do the jobs their company needs to
-how to transition existing employees into new jobs when the market
demands a different workforce
-how supporting and empowering remote workers, on-demand project workers, and other non-traditional workers can give small businesses the competitive edge to beat their less nimble competition.
Veronica Romney is a 12-year branding and marketing veteran who believes our aspirations drive our actions and if we want to help our customers make the best decision for them, we have to align our business efforts with their aspirations.
In the past, she has worked with some of the world’s most respected brands including Sprint, Marriott, IMAX, Dr. Weil Vitamin Advisor, and more.
But now she's dedicated her work to helping entrepreneurs and small business owners learn how to connect with the customers. She is the Founder of MyModernBrand, a branding and marketing education company that helps great people and great companies clarify their brand message, find their unique brand voice, and market themselves authentically.
When she isn’t busy wrangling a business and two kids, she is an in-demand international Tony Robbins/Dean Graziosi speaker with topics including branding, marketing, sales, entrepreneurship, self-education, knowledge business, and more.
- Which companies SHOULD double down in their marketing efforts
- How to craft a meaningful message for your market without contributing to the hysteria
- How to DELIVER your messages -- and, potentially, your marketing -- in a way that doesn’t tarnish your carefully built reputation.
Eleanor Beaton is a women’s leadership mentor and founder of Fierce Feminine Leadership, an organization that helps ambitious professional women and business owners develop the confidence, presence, political savvy and influence they need to smash the glass ceiling and take their seats at the tables where the big deals and big decisions are made.
Eleanor is also an award-winning journalist and host of the Fierce Feminine Leadership podcast. She has served as Chair of the Visiting Women's Executive Exchange Program at the Yale School of Management. In 2017, she won the prestigious Profiles in Diversity "Women Worth Watching" Award for her work promoting diversity and inclusion. She was also named Canada’s Leadership Coach of the Year by the 2017 Corporate Excellence Awards.
Eleanor has been privileged to serve some of the country’s most recognized women leaders, including Arlene Dickinson, star of CBC’s hit show Dragon’s Den and former Canadian First Lady Margaret Trudeau.
An international keynote speaker, Eleanor has presented at conferences whose rosters include such notables as former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson and 23andMe Inc. co-founder Anne Wojcicki.
RG is a New York actor-writer. Her latest project Top & Bottom is a relationship drama told from the lens of an LGBTQA couple, six years in. Funded by The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, Women in Film and Television Fund. It explores the sexual complexities of Lexi and Quinn. A lesbian and non-binary couple longing to rekindle love despite life's mundane.
Currently in post-production--The Hunted: NYC Sword Slayers. RG portrays Lou, a sword-wielding, non-binary mystic who travels between two war-torn worlds. Humans and vampires. In the end, Lou longs only for New York's very own Roberta's Pizza!
My Womanhood Bleeds Red, is RG's latest project. A one-act drama set in a catholic boarding school. Where Felicity endlessly flogs herself and questions her sexual identity.
Bestselling Author & Global Leadership Authority Margie Warrell emboldens people with the courage and resilience to make braver decisions, take bolder
actions & create a bigger mark.
The titles of her bestselling books - You’ve Got This!, Train the Brave, Make
Your Mark, Stop Playing Safe and Find Your Courage – and her Live Brave Podcast, reflect her belief in the potential of every person to overcome the fears and false beliefs that keep them from achieving the extraordinary.
Mary Ellen Kramer is the President/CEO of Wesa, LLC, and brings 33 years of senior management experience in high tech, finance, and telecommunication sectors. She has raised over $40 million in financing for ventures she has led.
Aside from the standard chief executive duties, Mary Ellen's present focus at Wesa is developing the market and market partnerships for NightRide™, which is a portable, mobile thermal camera that allows drivers to easily see objects on the dark road 4 times further than their headlights. NightRide is the first affordable night vision camera for every car and helps drivers see more at night.
The Company is located in Brooklyn, New York and its products are made in the US.
Wesa, LLC is on a mission to inspire other female entrepreneurs. "As women entrepreneurs, our advice to other women entrepreneurs is simple - Take on making a real difference in the world with your business; something you are truly passionate about. Then, surround yourself with great people, share about your business with everyone, and play full out every day!"
Aside from the standard chief executive duties, Mary Ellen's present focus at Wesa is developing the market and market partnerships for NightRide. Prior to Wesa, Mary Ellen co-founded Maritime Broadband, a company that created universal online connectivity in the commercial maritime sector via its proprietary AI-powered stabilized, tracking satellite antenna, C-Bird.
She previously founded and run four telecommunications companies providing global retail and carrier level voice and data services. She is a proud alum of Springboard Enterprises, an organization which has supported 784 women run companies in raising $10 Billion in capital over the past 20 years. Mary Ellen is a passionate advocate for social justice and serves on the board of 4 nonprofit organizations focused on the arts, criminal justice and inclusive media.
Mary Ellen is a mother of 8 children with 5 grandchildren. She is a graduate of New York University with a Bachelor of Science in Management and Computer Science. She has also earned a certificate in Women's Entrepreneurship from Cornell University.
Elena Pavli is a British actress, comedian, and writer. Born in England and having grown up in Australia, Greece and The Middle East, she attended 7 schools and as a result speaks 3 languages. Her first foray into writing, the play THE BAD, THE SAD AND THE BROKEN HEARTED, has run at London's Soho Theater.
She is currently developing a TV series based on her play for Hulu.
Her first foray into writing, the play THE BAD, THE SAD AND THE BROKEN HEARTED, has run at London's Soho Theater starring Shaun Parkes, Martin Starr, David Menkin, Stefano Braschi and herself.
The Los Angeles performance directed by Martin Starr featured Elena along with Seth Rogen, Kumail Nanjiani, Joe Lo Truglio, and Paul Scheer.
Elena is also developing and starring in an upcoming drama with songwriter/producer Nasri Atweh called THE MANAGER, a gritty look at the underbelly of the music industry.
She also writes on the TV show SNATCH for Crackle/Sony based on the Guy Ritchie film of the same name.
Her theater acting credits include A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, HAMLET and THE SEAGULL all directed by Tony Award nominee Tim Caroll. She also appeared as Boochie in the London premiere of the Stephen Adly Guirguis play Den Of Thieves directed by Esther Baker and the AFI Award winning television series EAST WEST 101 on SBS from Peter Andrikides. She is a an associate Of The Factory Theatre Company in London ( whose patrons include Mark Rylance and Ewan McGregor) and an alumnus of The Royal Court young writers program.
Begin with the end in mind. – A motto Kym Niles, founder of I Can and I Will - Make Ur Mark, embodies and preaches daily. A vivacious leader, magnetic mentor and overall eccentric woman, Kym, from a very young age, was able to realize her passion for people and has made it her mission to leave you better than she met you.
Her innovative approach to building genuine relationships with business partners and clients has heightened the brand/business marketing, fitness coaching and public speaking services she provides. Kym takes a mindful approach with you that will connect your mind and body to your goal for a more successful outcome.
Fuelled by her core values: integrity, respect, love and gratitude, Kym has made a name for herself in the Toronto non-profit and social sector by acting on her philanthropic duty to start her non-profit organization, Selflove Youth Wellness and Empowerment. Her organization now serves high schools in marginalized communities across the Greater Toronto Area equipping youth with wholesome tools to discover their sense of self, with the end goal of elevating both their mental and physical health.
Kym has been recognized with several leadership awards and was applauded as the most innovative leader of the year in 2014. She has an amazing ability to distinguish what lies within and encourages you to let your light shine through.
Two sisters. Two styles. One brand.
Sisters Celine & Joline Nehoray founded Beverly Hills Lingerie in fall 2018 with the dreams of growing & maintaining the ever-evolving streetwear lingerie industry.
Beverly Hills Lingerie is a streetwear lingerie line launched by young sisters and entrepreneurs Joline and Celine. The two female entrepreneurs launched Beverly Hills Lingerie in 2018, had a collaboration with Fred Segal, and a collection with Cosmopolitan ("Cosmostyle by Cosmopolitan x BHL”).
Pioneered by the likes of acclaimed icons Cher & Madonna, lingerie as streetwear was a developing trend in the 1980s. Taking note of the trend which has been fading in & out for decades, Beverly Hills Lingerie is in pursuit of preserving its special charm. “Lingerie as streetwear is a fun & flirty way to toe the risqué & dance around the delicate line of controversial & elegant."