Emily is passionate about connecting people and communicating ideas that matter. She is a senior communications officer at CBC Toronto – working with our national public broadcaster on marketing strategies to sponsorship negotiations in the most competitive media market in the country.
Prior to CBC, she founded the How She Hustles network that connects 5000 diverse women through social media and special events. She’s also a proud wife and mother of two.
Emily’s latest project is HERtory in Black, a Toronto-based digital photo series she created to profile 150 inspiring black women. It was featured nationally on CBC’s TV, Radio and digital platforms to mark Black History Month and Canada’s 150th anniversary. The project concluded with a 400 person event at CBC Headquarters in Toronto featuring Jully Black, d’bi young anitafrika, DJ MelBoogie and Amanda Parris – the massive social media buzz included a retweet by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau!
Months earlier, Emily took on an additional leadership role as senior producer of Sounds of the Season, CBC Toronto’s largest annual outreach event that raised a record-breaking $727,226 and 21,372 pounds of non-perishable food for GTA food banks.
To kick-start 2017, Emily was named a CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow – one of 25 rising city leaders making an impact across the GTHA – and she is an ‘activator’ who champions female entrepreneurs through SheEO.
Emily has been nominated for a YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Award, was named one of 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada and received the inaugural Women’s Empowerment Award at the 2015 Black Canadian Awards. Previously, Emily was profiled in Luminato’s Mille Femmes photo exhibit of 1,000 inspiring women in Toronto and received the Canadian National Griot Award alongside pioneers like the late Austin Clarke.
A frequent public speaker, Emily supports many initiatives to advance women, diversity and youth. She founded the Northern Secondary School Triumph Award for graduating students in 1999.
Emily is a proud alum of both York and Ryerson universities – she holds degrees in journalism and music, and has studied public relations.