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Kim Katrin Milan

Co-Founder of The People Project & Activist for Justice and Inclusion

Kim’s ‘The People Project’ is an initiative to bring forth local and international community development through alternative education, art­-activism and collaboration. Her presentations are anchored in a modern version of The Golden Rule. Rather than assuming the way you want to be treated is the standard for all, Kim encourages audiences to treat people the way they want to be treated, which means we have to ask and listen.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

The New Golden Rule
The grass is greenest where we water it, and Kim inspires audiences to engage in their responsibility to make the world more ethical than the one we were born into by taking a firm position on issues of equity & diversity. Her intersectional approach to human rights reframes the golden rule so we treat others the way they want to be treated, versus how we want to be treated. We see a level of consciousness around diversity continue to increase throughout the workplace, community organizations, educational institutions, and all other aspects of daily life. In this presentation, Kim uses examples from case studies, social media, and current events to outline practical ways for individuals and organizations to make diversity & equity a greater consideration.

What Does It Mean To Be An Ally?
This presentation will provide participants with a deepened understanding of current social justice movements in addition to serving as a solid introduction to practices of anti-oppression and allyship for individuals and organizations. Beginning with identifying tangible strategies for solidarity, Kim establishes a shared language and deconstructs systems of oppression including gender, ability & race using current social media based examples. Using her own lived experience as a queer womyn married to a transgender man, and pulling from her work as the Director of The People Project, Kim gives a solid foundation for understanding the experiences of others & acting in allyship.

Change the Culture: Consent & Anti-Sexualized Violence on Campus
Studies have shown that the majority of sexual assaults on campus go unreported. The most effective way of addressing this is by creating a campus culture of openness and consent. For over a decade Kim has been leading education, training and research on gender-based violence and building consent culture. Kim engages students on the topic of consent through discussions on boundaries, personal autonomy, relationships, social media, substance use, social pressure, and other aspects of sexual health. She explores a range of questions including ‘How do you know what your partner wants? How do you accept refusal or rejection? What are other people thinking about sex?’ This presentation focuses on fun and accessible affirmative-consent education that teaches “yes means yes” versus “no means no”. Audiences will leave with a better understanding of sexuality and healthy relationships.

Amplifying Women’s Leadership & Social Entrepreneurship
In this presentation, Kim helps audiences understand the legacies that have brought us to our current state of inequity. She sheds lights on the issues facing women of different social locations. Kim outlines multiple movements and practices, both locally and internationally, which showcase women leading feminist movements and sparking change across various industries.  Kim shares her experience as a gifted young social entrepreneur who lived through homelessness and violence to become a three-time business owner committed to changing her corner of the world. Women of color are among the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs, but often lack the capital and social infrastructure to support their vision. Kim uses her experience to break down the obstacles and best practices around social entrepreneurship, with a focus on non-profit and youth-led initiatives transforming communities.   Using a variety of media based examples, Kim inspires women to make a difference and lead change for current and future generations.

Layers Not Fractions: Mental Health & Identity
With a focus on student life, Kim explores how intersections of race, sexual orientation, and gender impact mental wellness. Emphasizing these connections allows for an inclusive discussion and a holistic focus on mental wellness & community engagement. Her work is about creating an understanding of health equity through community engagement. A yoga instructor and corporate consultant, she balances both anecdotal lived experience and tangible practices for immediately reducing stress and confronting trauma.  Her experience as a youth organizer gives her first-hand knowledge of high amounts of stress and trauma experienced both on and off campuses. Her experiences in workshop training with corporations provides additional perspective on personal and professional development needs.  She credits her strong emotional resilience with her ability to heal as a survivor and sustain long term community-based development.

Kim is also able to deliver presentations alongside her husband and fellow speaker Tiq Milan.

Awards

2016
National Youth Role Model

2014
The Root's | Young Feminists to Watch

2011
City Of Toronto Cultural Champion

2010
YSEC Young Changemaker

2009
Youthline Award Winner | Outstanding Contribution to Community Empowerment


  • Whether the audience is a group of young people, a room full of activists or a lecture hall filled with academics, Kim is consistently prepared, powerfully passionate and undeniably charismatic. Although her work traverses a number of fields and arenas, Kim is a master at making things accessible and supports her words with examples and resources that resonate and connect to the audience. One of the things I truly appreciate about Kim is her generosity and openness to share her journey, her knowledge and the various tools she steadily collects so that folks can have something to engage beyond the event.

    - Host, CBC’s The Exhibitionists
  • She is passionate, poignant and driven to make change and she does. A powerful voice and beautiful spirit, the type of leader who leaves her mark regardless of what she touches.

    - Operations and Events Manager, Global Public Affairs
  • Kim’s talk was not just soul-shaking and inspiring...it was unchained healing. She bravely open doors inside the deepest spaces in her heart, allowing us in, allowing us to open the same doors within our own.

    - Project Manager, White Ribbon Campaign
  • She ignites. What is almost as incredible as witnessing her speak is watching a crowd as she speaks—the voracious head nodding and snapping, and the deep sighs and the tears—it’s like watching fire spread.

    - Vivek Shraya, Writer & Singer
  • A force to be reckoned with, the incredibly prolific Crosby (aka Katrin Milan) manages, like Will (Munro), to explore her own ideas around intersecting identities and anti-oppressive politics in her work, which she uses as a tool to educate the public.

    - Michelle Yee, The Grid

Summary Profile

Warm, entertaining and inclusive, Kim Katrin Milan is a powerful speaker igniting conferences, universities & corporate training sessions on human rights considerations and communications. Kim is the co-founder and Executive Director of The People Project; an initiative to bring forth local and international community development for queer and trans folks of color and their allies, through alternative education, art­-activism, and collaboration. She is also one of the owners of the Glad Day Book Shop, the oldest LGBT bookstore in the world.

As an educator, Kim travels around the world talking to people about justice, equity, and human rights. One of the most fundamental things she shares is a reframing of the golden rule. The golden rule suggests that we should treat other people the way that we want to be treated. That might seem simple enough, but it assumes that there is a standard for other people’s experiences. Instead, she encourages audiences to treat people the way they want to be treated, which means we have to ask.

A passionate speaker, Kim is dedicated to inclusivity and invested in arousing a sense of curiosity and empathy in her audience. She uniquely weaves together the historical context, statistical analysis, as well as current events. She is a dynamic speaker, invested in the issues and inspiring in her approach to solutions. By focusing on small meaningful actions and choices, she makes creating large scale change accessible.

A public researcher, consultant and human rights educator, she has shared hundreds of unique resources and presentations around intersectional issues including race, ability & gender.

As a social entrepreneur, she speaks to the opportunities and challenges for women in business and leadership roles. With great openness, she welcomes difficult conversations hosting community dialogues and sharing practical strategies around ‘Sexuality & Consent’, ‘Queer & Trans Allyship’ and ‘Anti­Racism & Equity’.

Working as a media based consultant, she was part of the creative team for the #asktransfolks project – developed in New York City, as part of a global collaboration between non-profit creative collective Papel & Caneta; innovation catalyst Mesa.do; FLAGCX—a network of creative companies part of IPG.Previous Mesas have included individuals like Kobe Bryant. The team included some of the most outstanding creatives in the industry including the Chief Creative Officer at GOOD as well as key individuals fighting for positive change for the trans community of color.

A queer womyn married to a transgender man, she has hosted events for the United Nations, acted as the Grand Marshall for Hudson, NY Pride, and hosted the opening night Black Lives Matter panel at the Art Gallery of Toronto. She’s hosted Laverne Cox at Supporting Our Youth for an LGBTQ youth-centered dialogue.  And, Kim has contributed to Cosmopolitan, MTV, NBC, Larry King Now, Buzzfeed and the CBC both independently and alongside her husband Tiq Milan.