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Tanya Hayles

Founder, Black Moms Connection

As the Founder of Black Moms Connection, Tanya Hayles has grown a mom meet-up Facebook group into a global village dedicated to the growth and development of Black families — and by extension the Black community — through culturally relevant programming and resources. Launched in 2015 with 12 women in Toronto, today it’s an incorporated non-profit bringing together over 16,000 moms from across North America and Asia. 

Throughout 2020, Black Moms Connection offered resources to help navigate the pandemic, racial inequality, and racial justice. Beyond offering the support of a community, they launched the first BMC scholarship and created an Emergency Fund offering grants to help with rent, food, formula, and other basic necessities. 

Working with a volunteer staff and a board of two, Tanya also juggles her role as CEO of her own event planning agency, and in 2020 launched a diversity and inclusion consulting firm, Color In White Spaces.The foundation of work with purpose and her dedication to supporting Black women are at the core of Tanya’s efforts, and sustain the work of disrupting and diversifying both the motherhood and anti-racism education sphere.