We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Kane Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?Truthfully, I never considered myself an entrepreneur. For the better part of a decade, I built a social impact career in-house, and always loved being part of a bigger team. In 2019, two things happened. First, I was pregnant with baby #2, and acknowledged that I wanted to continue to grow professionally and have more flexibility at the same time. Second, the social impact ecosystem had changed dramatically. When I began my career in 2004, giving back within a corporate framework was a “nice to have”. By 2019, it had transformed into a “need to have.” Business leaders were being asked with increasing speed and specificity – what are you doing to make the world a better place? So too, families and individuals with resources were looking for more ROI and impact in their giving. I had the skills, experience, and heart to help this growing list of impact-oriented donors and doers – Ethos Giving was born. Three years in, I am so grateful I took the leap and find the work to be not only vital but meaningful.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The “Good Team” of the 21st Century is a formidable force. “Corporate good” is now a must-have and is often what differentiates companies from “good” to “best” in the eyes of consumers and stakeholders. Philanthropists are no longer writing checks with the hope that their dollars will make a difference; they are working side-by-side with partners to ensure that a difference is made. Nonprofits and nonprofit leaders are driving tangible and measurable impact like never before.
These types of leaders need a partner to help them “do their good work, better” — as we often say. At Ethos Giving, we help our clients do this every step of the way, from ideation to execution. We’re nimble enough to meet our clients where they are and help them grow their impact regardless of size or issue area – and experienced enough to tackle any project, regardless of scale. We are constantly innovating to stay at the tip of the spear of social impact, including creating our own social impact software, Ethos Tracking (www.ethostracking.com).
The world needs fixing. I feel really lucky that I get to take a shovel and do my part to help. In 2022, it’s clear there are so many of us on the Good Team – the momentum is palpable. And the best part … we’re just getting started.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
How fun to have a friend in town! Here’s what we’d do:
Music for sure! Presuming it’s summer, a night at the Hollywood Bowl is a must – every seat is the best seat in the house. Any time of year, we’d also head to Largo at the Coronet for Watkins Family Hour or really anything going on there. The Walt Disney Concert Hall (home to the LA Phil) is also a super special place to enjoy music that I know my friend would love.
Next – hike, hike, hike! We’d definitely do my family’s favorite “waterfall hike” at Temescal Canyon to catch a picturesque view of the whole region. Runyon Canyon would also be on the list to show off a “hipper” trail.
One night, we’d for sure check out an LAFC Game – I’ve never been to a sporting event where the fans have more heart.
Without a doubt, we’d visit at least one of our city’s amazing museums – LACMA, The Broad, The Getty and The Skirball are a few favorites.
We’d 100% make time for a super unique meal at Mirame and Wallflower.
And, of course, a trip isn’t complete without some beach time … we’d enjoy a long walk on the coast. Then we’d sample some of my favorite bites, including a smoked fish sandwich from Gjelina, a potato taco from Tacos Por Favor, some delicious cheese and organic wine at Ester’s Wine Bar, and maybe a ridiculously good ice cream from Wanderlust (Ube Malted Ice Cream!) if we had any room for dessert.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shout out is dedicated to my husband and partner in all things, Nathan Miller (Founder + CEO of Miller Ink, and previous Shoutout contributor).