Julia Taylor’s career spans many years at non-profits, where she has been a role-model, a change-agent and a trailblazer.
During her tenure at the YWCA, she managed a $40 million-dollar budget, and was a leading advocate of women’s equality and had a huge impact on the lives of many, many women – a large majority of them from disadvantaged backgrounds.
In 2002, when she was named as the first female president of the Greater Milwaukee Committee—whose membership was almost all male—she set the tone for change; change within the very highest corporate and civic ranks. She has transformed the GMC into the important catalyst for social and civic change that is has become today.
Ms. Hayles is the founder and CEO of Black Moms Connection, a global online village and incorporated non-profit providing culturally relevant tools and resources to empower and educate Black mothers. Black Moms Connection (BMC) was created in 2015 after she noticed online parenting groups did not have the resources or discussions relatable to and for minority women. The online community steadily grew from 20 to over 4,000 members in its first year. Today, the Black Moms Connection Facebook group has over 14,000 members and growing – with connections in Japan, Nigeria and Australia. BMC hosted its first conference in 2017 in Toronto with over 100 attendees and national media attention. Ms. Hayles' vision is to provide a "safe space" for Black mothers to congregate and share their stories in order to bring about positive change for their children and generations to come.
An entrepreneur, scientist and engineer, she enjoys working at the interface of business, technology and biology to deliver improved therapies to patients. She co-founded AbCellera, a Canadian biotechnology company focused on the discovery of therapeutic antibodies from natural immune repertoires. Engaged in partnerships to develop next-generation antibodies, AbCellera recently announced its collaboration with global healthcare company Novartis. Earlier this year, AbCellera signed an agreement with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fight infectious disease and accelerate global health research. In 2017, AbCellera won the LifeSciences BC Growth Stage Company of the Year Award.