Millie founder Chelsea Brown will sit down with social entrepreneur and women's advocate Noora Sharrab, co-founder of Sitti Soap and founder of Hopes for Women in Education. Noora works tirelessly to provide opportunities for refugee girls and women through education, employment and entrepreneurship. Our talk with Noora will take place at Radford studio in Toronto, headquarters for Victoria Radford – celebrity makeup artist, skincare expert, aesthetician and founder of Radford. This special evening will feature an hour-long talk + audience discussion, meaningful connection, inspiration and self-discovery. Attendees will also be treated to modern cuisine, cocktails and gifts from Millie and our sponsors.
We are so excited to sit down with social entrepreneur and women’s advocate Noora Sharrab.
While still in university, Noora moved to the Jerash ‘Gaza’ Refugee camp in Jordan to write her thesis and experience the culture firsthand. Her life was completely transformed. She forged a lifelong bond with the women of the camp and this inspired an all-encompassing passion to provide opportunities for refugee girls and women through education, employment and entrepreneurship. It was in Jerash that Sitti Soap, which she established with Jacqueline Sofia, and Hopes for Women in Education were born.
A global citizen, Noora was born in Dubai, raised in Canada and has lived all over the world. She is tenacious, forward-thinking and compassionate: Noora witnessed inequity, injustice and poverty and identified how she could uniquely take action – all before she turned 30!
Noora will talk to us about how she and Jacqueline Sofia created Sitti Soap and grew it into a successful, internationally acclaimed social enterprise – and she’ll tell us about the women and artisans at the refugee camp who make it all happen. She will also share what drove her to leave Canada at such a young age and connect with women on the other side of the world. We will also discuss the impact and power we have as consumers and the importance of conscious consumption – especially relevant during the upcoming holiday season!
In 2019 there is more Millie Speaks to love! We will hold three talks throughout the year, offering attendees the chance to connect with a smaller group of 30+ women at intimate ‘salon style’ events in unique Toronto venues. Each talk will be spontaneous and spirited, exploring ideas around living your authentic life, fostering global consciousness, making a difference in the world and more!
Victoria Radford welcomes us into her stylish Toronto studio for the final Millie Speaks of 2019. Makeup artist, skincare expert, aesthetician and founder of Radford, Victoria’s career skyrocketed after becoming the lead makeup artist for A-list talent on an acclaimed world tour. (Hint: the singer, whose real name is Stacy, was a longtime member of a group named after a roughed up legume). She now splits her time between seeing clients at Radford studio, appearing monthly on CTV’s The Social and doing makeup for cover shoots with some of Canada’s top magazines. Victoria approach to beauty, celebrating each client’s uniqueness and individuality, makes her the go-to guru for beauty in the city.
Millie Speaks brings women together to share their experiences, believing in the power of personal stories to foster connection and transform lives. Last year, we held one large conference, with 20+ panelists. Everybody walked away inspired and friendships were formed, but we kept getting the same feedback – "I wish we had more time with her (and her, and her!!)" So we changed how Millie Speaks is delivered in 2019: Three evenings throughout the year, one speaker, one moderator (Chelsea) and a more intimate audience (30+) in unique Toronto venues. Our first two Millie Speaks of 2019, featuring Sangita Patel and Jenny Bird, exceeded all our expectations (which were already very high). We know our upcoming night with Noora will be just as inspiring and memorable! We hope to see you there!
Last year's first Millie Speaks Talk, was a big success. More than 100 women gathered for this memorable day to celebrate authenticity and vulnerability. It was a day of self-discovery and connection-building where women could be 100% themselves and have a lot of fun!