Emerald Mills is an author, a business strategist and the founder of Diverse Dining, an events/education organization that focuses on building equity through food and dialogue. Emerald founded Diverse Dining in response to a societal need to address racism and segregation, and establish and maintain cross-marginal and cross-cultural relationships.The organization’s unique approach to connecting people of all walks of life has been featured on a variety of news outlets including On Milwaukee, Spectrum 1, Fox 6, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, VISIT Milwaukee and various podcasts.In addition to serving as the founder and lead facilitator of Diverse Dining, Emerald’s recently published a book, “Rejection Uprooted: 5 Practical Principals for Overcoming Rejection.” She shares her raw and uncut experiences with rejection and how she used her experiences as fuel to launch her organization.
Her professional background spans almost 20 years of experience as a trainer/facilitator, community connector and public health professional. Her work includes Children’s Wisconsin, Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin and the City of Milwaukee Health Department. Emerald is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, a trainee of the National Coalition Building Institute and a holder of ToP Facilitator Certification. She has leveraged these educational qualifications to benefit her community members, such as by producing and presenting educative presentations and workshops on a range of health-related issues; advising health providers with respect to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of communicable diseases; and administering programs geared towards social change. Collectively, her works have been acknowledged locally and regionally for their innovation in the education and public health sectors. Whether through entrepreneurial pursuits, work experience or advanced learning, Emerald’s commitment to the education and public health sectors remains evident.