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Jun 29, 2020

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.

Learn more at or find her on Instagram and Twitter @howshehustles.