About the hosts
For the past ten years, Erin has worked to make the world around her a better place. By day, she works in innovation in the Canadian public service to help improve the lives of Canadians. By night, she teaches spin classes, challenging riders to push themselves outside their comfort zones in order to achieve their goals and build confidence.
Erin has worked in a number of community-oriented roles, including: organizing two TEDx events (one in Vancouver and one in Ottawa) and being the digital strategist for a municipal election campaign. Always willing to roll up her sleeves to get the job done, Erin is a firm believer that all good ideas require iteration, and that talk requires action. Hailing from Vancouver, BC, Erin is always ready to discuss politics, pop culture, food, sports, and tech.
Erica worked as an economist for the Canadian public service for nine years before taking the plunge to run her own social branding agency where she specializes in social media and styling strategies. Although these are image-driven industries, Erica believes that strength and beauty are not independent, rather they reinforce one another. She understands that one of the main vehicles of strength is the voice and therefore, she encourages women to use it to speak up and out. Through her blog, NotInMyColour.com, she examines the historical and cultural underpinnings of the substantive issues of the day.
Having marched to protest the death of Abdirahman Abdi--a Black, mentally-challenged, immigrant male--by the Ottawa Police Service, Erica quickly stopped talking and started doing. She works with Caribbean Union of Canada to build and support the socio-economic progress of the Black Community in Canada. Through this work she liaises with the Community and Police Action Committee for solutions to police friction with the Black Community. Armed with strong opinions and historical facts, Erica is always ready to debate the intersection of race and gender.
Bailey has worked for over ten years to empower young women to be the best they can be. Prior to joining the team at MediaStyle as a digital strategist, Bailey founded an organization that worked with marginalized communities to deliver important literacy, leadership, and vocational skills to criminalized women.
With a firm understanding of how the power of words can influence social change, she previously worked as the Coordinator for the Sexual Assault Network of Ottawa, and as a Women’s Rights Campaigner for Oxfam Canada. Bailey sits as Chair of the Public Engagement Committee of the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women, an organization working to bring an end to gender-based violence in Ottawa. Always ready for a debate about politics, food, or pop culture, Bailey is a passionate activist for literacy, equality, community involvement and values volunteerism, fearlessness, and creativity.