About Emily Mills

Emily Mills - founder of How She Hustles and Startup & Slay - wearing a grey blazer, green shirt and orange pants in front of a brick wall smiling at the camera
Photo Credit: Artists Touch Productions

Connecting people is a life-long passion for Emily Mills, an award-winning creative entrepreneur, public speaker and the founder of How She Hustles.

In 2010, Emily launched How She Hustles, a Toronto-based network that connects diverse women through social media and special events. With a small but mighty freelance team, Emily leads this community with a digital reach of 18,000 diverse women.

Through her network, Emily has produced 20+ sold-out events and Startup & Slay, the digital series for diverse female and non-binary entrepreneurs sponsored by CIBC, Rogers Sports & Media and Shopify produced during the COVID-19 pandemic. These online & offline events attract women from across North America and beyond, with up to 400 guests from Olympians to CEOs. Guests attend to get inspired, informed and connected with other entrepreneurs and leaders. Watch a :60 sample event video or a replay of our EPIC 10-year virtual celebration.

Most recently, Emily hosted a women’s roundtable with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and was invited to meet former First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Before becoming her own boss, Emily was a senior communications officer at CBC, one of Canada’s largest media companies. In 2017, she created HERstory in Black, a digital photo series featuring 150 inspiring black women. The project earned national press coverage, became a 1-hour TV documentary, lead to an unprecedented celebration and won CBC’s President’s Award. She has also worked as assistant diversity producer at CTV, at Corus and as a freelance music/culture writer.

Emily was named to WXN’s Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women list in the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders category. She is profiled in the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women book, received the Ryerson University Alumni Achievement Award, was named a CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow and is a member of BMW Foundation’s Responsible Leaders Network. She was one of 16 Canadians appointed to the national committee for Women Deliver, the world’s largest conference on the health, rights, and well-being of women and girls.

A frequent public speaker, Emily has lead conversations for United Nations Association in Canada, Economic Club of Canada, Twitter Canada, YWCA Canada, Lean in Canada, Maytree Canada and more. She has been profiled via the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, CBC, CTV, Flare, Startup Here TO and more. She frequently speaks about entrepreneurship, leadership, and how to better engage women and #BIPOC communities.

A graduate of Ryerson and York Universities, Emily holds degrees in journalism and music, and has studied public relations. She enjoys life in the city with her family.

Find her on Twitter or Instagram @howshehustles.

Awards & Honours:

    • Winner – ByBlacks.com People’s Choice Awards for Best Virtual Event of 2020
    • Winner – Ryerson University Alumni Achievement Award (2019)
    • Winner – Women’s Executive Network Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Award in the Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leader Category (2018)
    • Winner – 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women (2018)
    • Finalist – Notable Awards for Entrepreneur of the Year (2018)
    • Winner – 10 Inspirational Women in Toronto Award – Soulful Image Magazine (2018)
    • Honourable Mention – HERstory in Black – Radio Television Digital News Association Award (2018)
    • Winner – President’s Award – CBC Broadcasting Corporation (2017)
    • Nominee – Everyday Political Citizen – Samara Canada (2017)
    • Winner – Regroupement Affaires Femmes (2017)
    • Winner – Award of Excellence – Jerome Henry Foundation (2017)
    • Winner – Women’s Courage Award – Endless Possibilities & Hope Foundation (2016)
    • Winner – Women’s Empowerment Award – Black Canadian Awards (2015)
    • Named – 100 Black Women to Watch – Canadian International Black Women’s Event (2015)
    • Winner – Strength of A Woman Award – Women United Network (2015)
    • Profiled – Luminato Mille Femmes Photo Exhibit of 1000 women in Toronto (2008)
    • Winner – Canadian National Griot Award (2003)

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