Emily Mills knows what it’s like to ‘hustle’ – to pursue your entrepreneurial passions while balancing the demands of life as a busy working woman in Toronto. She’s the founder of How She Hustles, a vibrant network that connects 5,000 diverse women through social media and special events in this city. Emily also has a demanding full-time career as a senior communications professional at one of the largest media companies in Canada. She’s a proud wife and mom of two active little boys.
How She Hustles began in 2010 after Emily posted a personal reflection on social media about the many responsibilities we juggle as women. The post instantly sparked an online conversation and lead to the first gathering. For six years, Emily has sold-out virtually every How She Hustles event, including a Mother’s Day tribute this spring with 250 women featuring Jully Black, Vicki Saunders, Trey Anthony and more. Through the network, Emily profiles women on the move, hosts online conversations and shares information through a growing digital community of social influencers across Canada, the United States, Africa, The Middle East, Europe and the Caribbean. The network has also raised funds for local grassroots women’s initiatives. How She Hustles continues to evolve without any corporate sponsors or government funding.
Emily holds degrees in journalism and music, and has studied public relations. In 2015, she was nominated for YWCA Toronto’s Women of Distinction Award, named one of 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada and received the inaugural Women’s Empowerment Award at the Black Canadian Awards.