Mentors who make it happen in the world of Entrepreneurship, Business, and Finance!
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.
Entrepreneur & Social Worker
I am a believer, a dreamer, and a world seeker. I am a full time MSW candidate, working in the social service sector for over 6 years with individuals with dual diagnosis. I consider myself as an entrepreneur, as I own a bath and body company (@LoveCareNaturals) as well as the co-owner of a travel company. While becoming an entrepreneur, I have been able to teach myself the importance of financial literacy ranging from saving, budgeting, investing, and tax planning that has allowed me to make informed and effective decisions with my financial resources. I am passionate about empowering individuals to live their healthiest and most fulfilling life, both personally and professionally. I would like to utilize my experiences and skill sets to promote radical self-love and the fundamentals of self-care. My passion derives from the various obstacles I have been through in my life from living in a single parent household with no sense of security to learning how to take care of myself from an early age. Therefore, I knew I wanted to become a mentor to girls who have been through similar experiences, to be the person I always needed when I was younger.
Motto: Live Life – Have Faith – Love Hard
LIVE LIFE: life is too short not to live it to the fullest,
HAVE FAITH: believing in yourself and all that you do,
LOVE HARD: loving yourself as much as you want to be loved.
Strategic Business Advisor & Personal Empowerment Coach
Mariah inspires and motivates people. Her professional background includes almost 7 years of experience as a strategic business advisor and personal empowerment coach, and most recently a transition into career coaching and adult education. In addition to her coaching and consulting experience, Mariah has an honours degree in Sociology from York University, and post graduate education in strategic business management and business administration. Her personal story about having to overcome insurmountable odds to create a life of happiness and purpose, is one that many black women can relate to. Her turning point came when she got down to the root of the deep issues and limiting beliefs that were keeping her stuck in dis-empowering relationships, and struggling in her life and career. Once she was able to break free of the crushing fears and insecurities that had held her back, she made it her personal and professional mission to help other women to do the same, and in 2011 founded MG Squared Consulting. Born and raised in Toronto, Mariah currently resides in the east end of the city with her teenage daughter.
Natasha is a creative, full-time entrepreneur and owner of two Toronto-based companies over the last 6+ years. She left a 12-year career in the not-for-profit industry working in various outreach and facilitation roles with women and children fleeing domestic violence to become a full-time entrepreneur and travel the world working as a freelance UI/UX Designer in the tech industry. When she’s not designing, you can find her reading a new book, travelling to a new country, spending time with her loved ones or giving back to a cause that’s important to her. She believes deeply in the benefits of developing a strong sense of self-awareness, emotional intelligence and a healthy overall mind and body, which all contribute to the important aspects of our lives including a healthy and fulfilling career as well as meaningful relationships – it is within this awareness that has allowed Natasha to discover her own sense of self-worth and has taught her to manage and leverage her Dyslexia and ADD since childhood. You can expect her to be open-minded, light hearted, honest & accountable while offering resources and guidance where needed. She believes in celebrating all small victories just as much as understanding the failures and challenges that arise – of course while having a few good belly laughs along the way.
Journalist, Consultant, & Business Owner
I spent almost 10 years working as a journalist in national television news in Ottawa and Toronto. I’ve worked for CBC National New, CityTV News, CTV News and CP24 Toronto. In 2017, I wanted a change so I moved to the social media management company, Hootsuite, where I work as a solutions consultant. Now I get to travel North America teaching and learning about how social media is impacting how we live and do business. I’m also the editor-in-chief of online magazine ByBlacks.com; a company I co-founded with my husband. In this role, I’m able to pursue the passion I most enjoy; highlighting everyday excellence among Black Canadians. And best of all, I get to mentor younger writers who are starting out their journalism careers. On a personal note, my family immigrated to Canada from Trinidad when I was just a toddler. I lived in Toronto until I was 12. I spent my teenage life growing up in St. Lucia and returned to Canada when I was 21 to attend journalism school at Carleton University in Ottawa. My success wasn’t built overnight, and my journey has certainly had some very low moments. But through it all, I’ve been resilient and dedicated to never losing sight of my dreams. It has been Black women who’ve shown up for me in those moments, and I owe all my opportunities to them. I hope through this mentorship program, I can do the same for you.
Executive Master of Business & Blogger
I am a Canadian born Ghanaian, Torontonian to the core. However, I had the opportunity to grow up in Ottawa and in Accra Ghana. I had the opportunity to have short stints in the UK and the US. After I graduated from Carleton University, I felt that it was important for me to explore what the world had to offer. As soon as I graduated the very next day I was on a plane to Ghana. I had the opportunity to work in various fields and pursued an International Executive MBA. After moving back to Canada, I worked for the Bank of Montreal and then after two years I was laid off due to cut backs, I also went through a short trying period and focused my attention on blogging and would blog on a weekly basis, sharing my struggles in a humorous manner and making it relatable to my readers. I worked at a Wine merchant and then eventually got a Job with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Organization.I am passionate, about blogging especially my experiences and I am currently working on a podcast with a friend which we will talk about every day issues especially issues women’s issues and things relating to women of colour. I enjoy cooking, I love to travel, I am a big foodie and my friends, and I like to go around the city trying different restaurants. I also love to laugh and believe laughter is good for the soul as cliché as it sounds.I will help my mentee by being open and honest and sharing my journey with them. Encouraging them when they feel like they seem like giving up. My life has been a life of where there were moments to give up but realized that my story, my journey someone was relying on it to keep going and have faith that life is molding you to be the person you are meant to be.
Entrepreneur & Motivational Speaker
Connecting people is a life-long passion for Emily Mills, an award-winning senior communicator, public speaker and the founder of How She Hustles. Eight years ago, Emily founded How She Hustles, a vibrant network that connects diverse women through social media and special events in Toronto. Her buzz-worthy women’s brunches, panels and networking events have consistently sold-out and trended on Twitter, with up to 400 guests from Olympians to CEOs. Emily became a full-time entrepreneur this year after leaving her full-time role as a senior communications strategist at one of the largest media companies in Canada. She worked at CBC from 2010 until 2018, organizing high-impact special events, negotiating sponsorships and partnerships, developing outreach strategies to connect with diverse communities, working directly with TV and radio personalities, and crafting communications plans for top-rated programs including Metro Morning with Matt Galloway. Emily is the proud creator of HERstory in Black, a digital photo series of 150 inspiring black women that earned the attention of the Prime Minister on social media, national media coverage, and was the subject of a 1-hour TV documentary. She successfully launched the project through How She Hustles, then pitched an unique collaboration with her former employer. For her leadership with an innovative team, Emily was named a 2017 CBC President’s Award winner – the top recognition for employees at Canada’s national public broadcaster.
Human Resources & Business Manager
Hi everyone, my name is Nadine Brown and I’m extremely excited to be joining the netWORKING Tribe as a Mentor. I was born in Edmonton, Alberta, to two Jamaican born and raised parents, but have grown up and lived in the in the GTA my whole life. For 4 years I attended Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario were I finished my Bachelor’s degree in Law before travelling back to Toronto to start my career. After finishing my degree in Law I realized this was not a passion for me. Right after graduation I applied to the Royal Bank of Canada in a service role and 13 years later, I’m still here! While I was spending my time working, I decided it was important for me to go back to school full-time and specialize in an area that I enjoyed. I completed my HR Certificate in Management at Humber College and this really helped me in transitioning to the role I’m currently in. Today, I am the Assistant HR Manager for the Greater Toronto Area. One thing that I really am passionate about is helping people discover their skills and abilities while getting them to the right jobs. I really enjoy giving guidance on different roles and how you can use the right tools to set yourself up for success. On the more personal side, I’m an advocate for mental health and wellness. I’m actively getting back into practicing hot yoga, “trying” to push myself at the gym and finding different alternative ways to fight stress, like meditation.
Teacher, E-learning Developer, & Entrepreneur
Lotoya is an E-Learning Developer and Entrepreneur with a serious obsession for travel. Over the last 9 years, she’s transitioned from classroom teacher to developing online courses for higher education, corporate and international clients, including working overseas at a Japanese university. She’s worked with organizations like TD, Air Canada, and Pearson, but currently runs her own remote e-Learning company while exploring the globe. When she’s not working or on the road, you can find her reading or spending quality time with her family including infant daughter. Lotoya grew up in the Jane-Finch community and through amazing mentors and teachers, found her voice and path to success. She is now dedicated to supporting women of colour by providing professional guidance and assistance, sharing her life experiences and being an ally and non-judgemental sounding board. She is flexible, caring and invested in helping mentees create the life they envision for themselves.
Entrepreneur, Creative Consultant, & Product Strategist
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.
Where did it all begin? Dilesha Stelmach was born Dilesha Williams to two Jamaican Immigrant parents. Her father, a chef and mother, a nurse always emphasized education and social accountability. As such, Dilesha has spent a large amount of her time addressing the biases and barriers to STEM literacy and careers. Dilesha Stelmach is a group benefits underwriter/benefits analyst by trade. She represents the Math branch of STEM. As a social entrepreneur, Dilesha founded and runs the science, technology, engineering & mathematics based not-for-profit, Oui STEM Academy. Dilesha has amassed an amazing networks of STEM warrior that she networks with, providing opportunity and exposure to youth from the communities she serves. Dilesha is an Award winning, world-renowned speaker, author and all around advocate. Her areas of focus are always intersectional and interdisciplinary in a deliberate attempt to reclaim the voice of black womanist thought from patriarchal and colonial narratives and control. Dilesha was not always a STEM Warrior, as a student she was well aware of the opportunities STEM based careers presented but she did not feel connected to the learnings. As a result of these experiences, Dilesha’s life mission has been to present academia in an accessible light.
*Please note: Mentors will be added to the site until Saturday, December 15th! *
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