For the month of December, I’ll be shining light each day on some extraordinary women I know. They represent various fields and backgrounds, and I admire each for their passion and strength. These are bold, beautiful, brave women — artists, businesswomen, union organizers, nurses, writers, teachers, movie makers, designers, reporters, and all-around badasses.
Emily Kane Miller is the founder and CEO of Ethos Giving. Equal parts head and heart, Emily has spent her career working for social change. With deep experience in government, advocacy, nonprofit, corporate, and philanthropic work, Emily has a unique ability to envision and steward philanthropic contributions that maximize benefit and value for all.
Previously, she led award-winning philanthropic efforts as Vice President of Philanthropy & Community Affairs at The Wonderful Company. Prior to that, Emily also served in a variety of capacities in California and Washington, D.C. for both government and advocacy groups. She holds a B.A. from the University of California Los Angeles, and a J.D. from the University of Arizona School of Law. Emily lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two children.
1. What did you want to be “when you grew up?” I always wanted to have a job that allowed me to make the world a better place. For years, I thought I’d do that as a Rabbi. When I was 22, I had the opportunity work at an advocacy organization in Washington DC. Everyone at the head of the table — the folks who were setting agendas, inking op-eds, quarterbacking the action plans — all of these people were lawyers. So, I went to law school. Now, I use my training to help people and corporations deploy philanthropic resources to make the world a better place. Mostly, these gifts start with conversations about community, need, and responsibility. I’m not a Rabbi, but – in a lot of ways – it feels pretty close to that early vision.
2. What makes you the most proud of yourself? Last year when my son was born, I decided to take a huge career leap and launch my own firm (Ethos Giving). Juggling a two-year-old and an infant (!), I’m sure most folks would have said I was crazy. But it was precisely because of my kids that I knew I could do it. As a mom, I felt so powerful! If I could bring these children into the world – I could do anything. Seven months in, I still feel proud every time I introduce myself as the Founder & CEO.
3. What darkness have you overcome? How did you find strength? Our first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. I was so sad that I was sad in my bones. And even though I knew I wasn’t alone (miscarriage is incredibly common), I felt very isolated. To try to push back against the loneliness, I created a greeting card and wrote an article about it to normalize the topic: https://www.thedailybeast.com/fighting-the-silence-around-miscarriagewith-a-greeting-card.
This was healing, but more, the article indicated to others that I was available to talk about miscarriage. Since then, I’ve helped many women work through their pain – some of whom I knew well and others who are essentially strangers. These conversations lifted me up. They still do.
4. Where will we find you on a Saturday morning at 10 a.m.? Once in a blue moon you’ll find me at a yoga class, but most likely I’m at home tidying up from a big Shabbat dinner the night before, making challah French Toast, enjoying one of my husband’s famous cappucinos, and being silly with our little ones.
5. What makes you smile the most? My family, for sure! But I also love unexpectedly bumping into a friend on the street, and grabbing a few minutes to say hi. I call this “found time”, and it puts a big smile on my face.
Today’s #OneGoodThing is sharing this extraordinary woman and my childhood friend, Emily Kane Miller, with all of you! We are stronger together, so let’s shine a light on our extraordinary sisters! If you’d like to participate or nominate a woman to participate, please send me a note or leave a comment! What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments! Kindness is Everything.
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