A Toronto native, Tanya Hayles is the Chief Creative Officer at Hayles Creative Elements and is the founder of Black Moms Connection, a non-profit where Black women can navigate parenthood, network, and share. She spends most of her days turning ideas into reality, through events of all sizes and managing a safe space through Black Moms Connection, which changes how members see themselves as women and mothers. Tanya is a builder, a mother, and an engaged citizen that is passionate about equal access and equal opportunities. To Tanya, leadership means being able to look far enough ahead to know where you are going, while maintaining the ability to look behind you to know where you’ve been. A truly inclusive region to Tanya is one where all the major institutions are run by diverse groups, boards, and committees – truly reflecting the people of the region.