Breaking through barriers; gaining success.
Let’s talk business, leadership, wellness and relationship building.

Establishing a Dialogue with Black Women is a BBPA’s International Women’s Month event. The dialogue aims to discuss and raise awareness of many issues that are both local and global, and which affect Black women daily.

Despite many advances in Women’s Empowerment this century, there are many unresolved issues that interfere with progress women seek in order to reach their full potential. Let’s address the following:  Bridging the Gender Gap: Sexism, gender bias, and equal pay. Achieving Gender Parity:  Invest in and improvement of educational opportunities for women: Gaining access to jobs in all fields.  Women’s Empowerment: Fostering women’s sense of worth by accessing resources, providing information on career pathways, and leadership opportunities.


Emily Mills

Founder, How She Hustles

Emily Mills is the award-winning founder of How She Hustles, one of Canada’s leading social networks that reaches 15,000 diverse women through sold-out events and digital content. Later this year, How She Hustles will mark a milestone – its 10th anniversary.

In 2019, Emily was the creator and executive producer of Startup & Slay, a digital video series that profiled six Canadian start-ups by diverse women entrepreneurs from British Columbia to Nova Scotia with sponsors CIBC, Futurpreneur Canada and Ryerson University.

In 2017, Emily created HERstory in Black, a digital photo series featuring 150 inspiring Black women with CBC. The project became a 1-hour TV documentary, earned national publicity and the CBC President’s Award.

Emily has been named to Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 list, the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women list and Ryerson University’s Alumni of Distinction. She holds degrees from York University (music), Ryerson University (journalism) and studied public relations.

A frequent public speaker, she’s held various media roles including assistant diversity producer at CTV and senior communications officer at CBC. She’s a proud wife and mom of two boys. Find her on Twitter or Instagram @howshehustles.


Program Schedule

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Registration and Networking Breakfast

Emily Mills

9:15 am – 9:30

Opening Remarks – Emily Mills
MPP | Scarborough Guildwood

Breaking through the Barriers to success. The Future for Black Women and our Voice

Nadine Spencer

9:00 am – 9:15 am

Welcome Remarks – Nadine Spencer
Your Host | Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA)

A Dialogue with Black Women: Why Our Voice Matters

Janielle Mckoy

9:30 am – 9:50 am

Core Mental Health: The Foundation to Well Being Success

Speaker – Janielle Mckoy

Uncovering the importance of taking care of your mental health to ensure you achieve your goals.

Odeen Eccleston

9:55 am – 10:15 am

Wellness at Home
Speaker – Odeen Eccleston

Peace of mind at home. Free to relax, be inspired and dream.

Sheronna Osbourne

9:55 am – 10:15 am

Wellness at Home
Speaker – Sheronna Osbourne

Peace of mind at home. Free to relax, be inspired and dream.

10:45 am – 11:00 am

BREAK – Sponsored by:


12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

A Dialogue with……Moderated by Velma Morgan

Thando Hyman’s dynamic leadership and innovative school practices has been recognized by community, national and international media.

Ms. Hyman’s extensive community work includes host of “AWAF Roundtable” on 89.5 CIUT FM radio, founding board member of the African-Canadian Legal Clinic and past chair of African Heritage Educators Network and Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention. She is a Board member of TVOntario.

Thando leads a panel discussion on various issues and barriers to success Black women face.


  • TKA Pinnock
    TKA Pinnock
    Faculty of Education, York University
  • Sharon Fletcher
    Sharon Fletcher
    Co-Founder, Blacks Inspire
  • Adoma Patterson
    Adoma Patterson
    President, Jamaica Canadian Assocition

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Networking Lunch – Sponsored by:


DATE: March 29, 2020
TIME: 9:00 am -2:30 pm

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