Meet the Creatives that make magic happen!
Writer & Artist
As a multimedia storyteller, I love sharing stories in different mediums. I’m a writer, with bylines in publications like FLARE, Macleans, Chatelaine, EBONY, ByBlacks, the Globe and Mail, and more. I’m a copywriter, working with brands and businesses to help craft messages on their websites and social media. I’m a blogger, with 2 blogs: ’83 To Infinityand The Brown Suga Mama. I’m a media commentator, featured on shows like CBC’s The National, Global News Radio’s Kultur’d Show, and more. My mission with the majority of my work is to be the woman I wish I could have seen, and write the stories I wish I could have read, when I was younger—and giving back by being that for my two baby girls and all the other younger Black girls coming up now. I’ve figured out my work path on my own—I graduated from Western with a degree in Health Sciences, but my writing and media work has been all on my own. I’m excited to share what I’ve learned and experienced with the mentees so that I can help you grow and go even further in your careers and lives overall.
Nana Aba Duncan
I was born in Ghana and came to Canada when I was two. I grew up in Newmarket, Ontario and then received a BSc. in Psychology at University of Toronto. During that time I was a member of the U of T Gospel Choir and was an active member of the Black Students’ Association. I then got a Masters in Journalism at University of Western Ontario. While there, I received a few scholarships including an international journalism scholarship to work in a developing country. I chose Ghana and worked at Ghana Broadcasting Corporation. While there, I moved on to become Country Director for Journalists for Human Rights, which is based in Canada. That’s when my father died, bringing me back to Canada to work in public relations, marketing and advertising. Soon I got a job at CBC and have since hosted and produced for many shows. Today I’m host of CBC Radio One’s Fresh Air, Ontario’s number one weekend morning show. In 2016 I launched Media Girlfriends, a podcast about women in media. It has since grown to include events and most recently a student scholarship. While I have always truly believed I can succeed, I have struggled with confidence off and on, which is normal. I didn’t seek mentors growing up, but I have one now and I believe in mentorship power. I am new to formal mentorship I hope I can pass on some of the great things I’ve learned for career and personal growth. Thank you for choosing me.
Entrepreneur, Product Strategist & Consultant
Bianca LC is an experienced product strategist with a demonstrated history of working in the design industry. Skilled in purpose-led branding, creative strategy, entrepreneurship, she leads an all-female team. While completing her undergrad, her work has straddled both designing for empowerment of community through design, and consulting design strategy on projects within the commercial music industry. In the last 5 years, she has brand consulted and designed for institutions between Toronto and New York. She considers design a pro-social tool, creating limitless opportunities to shift and challenge barriers. She is a graduate of OCAD University with her Bachelor of Design in Advertising. She’s always down for tea.
I am a self-proclaimed multifaceted butterfly. I’m super adaptable and comfortable in all environments and I embrace spontaneity thoroughly. My purpose is to help others find self-confidence through accepting their natural beauty & talents and seeing all life experiences as lessons and stepping stones for their future. I did not always have a strong sense of self. I only discovered it 2 years ago. I’ve been bullied my entire life; even to this day I am constantly directly and indirectly body shamed. I’ve overcome heartache, a failed engagement, abandonment etc. but I deal with them through writing, music, being apart of the POC (people of colour) art community in Toronto and giving back through mentorship. As your mentor, we will focus on solidifying your inner self so you can have a strong foundation no matter what happens in the outside world.
Manager of Programmatic Operations for Corus Entertainment
Erica Ricketts is the Manager of Programmatic Operations for Corus Entertainment and oversees their automated digital portfolio. After graduating from the Creative Advertising program at Centennial College’s School of Communication, she started her career in digital media. With over a decade of experience in Broadcast and Media operations, her love for advertising and technology platforms has allowed her to build a career in the fast-paced digital ecosystem.
As an advocate for women in tech, she is passionate about helping women uncover their talents and showcasing their skill sets in a field that is still heavily dominated by men. Building from her own life experiences, she hopes to encourage young women to pursue their career aspirations and challenge themselves on how they define success. In her free time, Erica enjoys travelling, and spending quality time with her daughter and fur baby.
For further information on the process please contact Amma Gyamfowa :
(416)593-7655 (EXT 4884) OR email Amma@whiwh.com