Ilona Dougherty

Speaker


Ilona Dougherty

Leading Expert on Millennials and Generation Z | Social Entrepreneur

For businesses, organizations, and governments striving to succeed in the innovation economy, and anyone who hopes for a bright future, Ilona Dougherty’s perspective is what you have been waiting for.

Ilona is the Managing Director of the Youth and Innovation Research Project at the University of Waterloo. She is a regular commentator in the Canadian media and speaks to audiences internationally about tapping into the innovation potential of Millennials and Gen Z.

A lifelong social entrepreneur, Ilona’s diverse experiences range from being an official Canadian delegate to a United Nations conference at 17 years old to working with youth in a small community above the Arctic Circle.

In 2004, Ilona co-founded Apathy is Boring, a Canadian non-partisan charitable organization that uses art and technology to educate youth about democracy and encourages them to vote. With Apathy is Boring, she accompanied the Governor General of Canada on the 2009 State Visit to the Ukraine and Norway, was featured in the national media hundreds of times and even worked with rock stars.

Ilona was named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network in 2015; was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012; received a Global Ashoka Fellowship in 2009; and a Yukon Women’s Award in 1999. In 2014, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo.

Ilona is on the Advisory Board of Children’s First Canada. She has served on the Board of Directors of Volunteer Canada, the Sierra Club of Canada, Studio 303, and is a founding member of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation.

BIOGRAPHIE :

Que vous soyez une entreprise, un organisme ou une entité gouvernementale cherchant à réussir en économie d’innovation, des parents soucieux du succès de votre jeune adulte ou quiconque souhaitant un brillant avenir pour les jeunes, Ilona est là pour vous offrir la perspective dont vous avez besoin.

Ilona est la directrice générale du projet de recherche Jeunesse et innovation à l’Université de Waterloo. Elle est également une commentatrice régulière dans les médias canadiens et s’adresse à des auditoires internationaux au sujet du potentiel d’innovation des générations Y et Z.

Entrepreneure sociale depuis toujours, Ilona possède diverses expériences allant de déléguée canadienne à une conférence des Nations Unies à l’âge de 17 ans, à coach auprès des jeunes dans une petite communauté au-delà du cercle arctique.

En janvier 2004, Ilona a cofondé L’apathie c’est plate, un organisme caritatif national non partisan ayant recours à l’art et à la technologie pour sensibiliser les jeunes au sujet de la démocratie et pour les encourager à voter. Avec L’apathie c’est plate, elle a accompagné la Gouverneure générale du Canada en 2009 lors de la visite officielle en Ukraine et en Norvège, a été présente dans les médias nationaux des centaines de fois, et a travaillé avec des personnalités connues.

Ilona a été nommée parmi les 100 Canadiennes les plus influentes au Canada par le Réseau des femmes exécutives en 2015, a été récipiendaire de la Médaille du jubilé de diamant de la reine Elizabeth II en 2012, a reçu une bourse Ashoka en 2009, et a décroché le prix Yukon Women en 1999. En 2014, elle a obtenu un diplôme d’études supérieures en innovation sociale à l’Université de Waterloo.

Membre du conseil consultatif de Children’s First Canada, Ilona a siégé sur de nombreux conseils d’administration dont Bénévoles Canada, la Fondation Michaëlle Jean (membre fondatrice), Sierra Club of Canada et le Studio 303.

 

Outillé pour innover : maximiser le plein potentiel des employés des générations Y et Z

Les jeunes de 18 à 25 ans occupent une position unique pour innover sur le marché du travail et en tant qu’entrepreneurs, mais leur potentiel n’est pas entièrement exploité. En combinant appel à l’action inspirant et guide pratique par l’entremise d’histoires, de données et de recherches, Ilona explique comment les entreprises peuvent maximiser le plein potentiel de leurs jeunes employés et, ainsi, rendre leurs compagnies, organisations et entités gouvernementales encore plus prospères.

Oubliez tout ce que vous avez entendu au sujet de l’engagement des jeunes de la génération Y en milieu professionnel, et découvrez une approche factuelle rafraîchissante qui souligne comment les partenariats intergénérationnels peuvent stimuler l’innovation.

Cette présentation est tout indiquée pour les compagnies, les organismes à but non lucratif, les départements gouvernementaux et tous ceux et celles qui travaillent (ou désirent travailler) avec des personnes des générations Y et Z.

 

Combler le fossé générationnel : comprendre les générations Y et Z

Souvenez-vous de votre vingtaine. Vous aviez de grands rêves et vous avez bâti une vie remplie de possibilités. Les jeunes d’aujourd’hui démarrent tout juste leur vie adulte et le monde est bien différent. Ils ont eux aussi de grands rêves. Ils savent que vous nourrissez de grands espoirs pour eux. Comment pouvons-nous réussir tous ensemble?

Cette présentation est à la fois un appel à l’action inspirant et un guide pratique pour toute personne souhaitant un avenir brillant pour nos jeunes. Par l’entremise d’histoires, de données et de recherches, Ilona encouragera l’auditoire à aborder les relations entre les différentes générations sous un angle différent, et elle expliquera comment les partenariats intergénérationnels et l’exploitation du plein potentiel des jeunes peuvent stimuler le progrès économique et social pour nous tous.

Cette présentation est tout indiquée pour les personnes dont le travail vise à soutenir les jeunes, notamment les parents, les professeurs et tous ceux et celles travaillant dans des organismes au service des jeunes.

 

Inspirer les générations Y et Z

Cette présentation est à la fois un appel à l’action inspirant et un guide pratique pour les jeunes de 15 à 25 ans. Les jeunes sont non seulement les dirigeants de demain, mais ils peuvent également être les leaders, les influenceurs et les décideurs d’aujourd’hui. Ilona utilise des données, des recherches et des histoires pour inspirer les générations Y et Z, et les outiller afin qu’ils puissent défendre leurs convictions et réaliser leurs idées audacieuses.

Cette présentation est tout indiquée pour les étudiants (secondaire, cégep, université), les entrepreneurs en devenir et les autres groupes de jeunes en quête d’inspiration pour changer les choses.


Wired for Innovation: Tapping into the Full Potential of Millennial and Gen Z Employees

Young people, 18 to 25 years old, are uniquely positioned to innovate both in the workplace and as entrepreneurs, and yet their potential is not being fully realized. An inspiring call-to-action and practical guide; through stories, data and research Ilona explains how tapping into the innovation potential of young employees can make our businesses, organizations, and governments more successful.

Forget everything you have heard about engaging Millennials in the workplace, and discover a refreshing evidence-based perspective that outlines how intergenerational partnerships can drive innovation.

This presentation is perfect for businesses, non-profit organizations and government departments, anyone who works (or wants to work) with Millennials and Gen Z.

Wired for Innovation: Understanding Millennials and Gen Z

Think back to when you were in your 20s. You dreamt big and the world was full of opportunity. Young people today are starting out, and the world is different. They have big dreams, too. They know that you have high hopes for them. How can we all succeed together?

This presentation is an inspiring call-to-action and a practical guide for anyone who hopes for a bright future for our young people. Through stories, data, and research Ilona will encourage the audience to look at the relationship between different generations from a new angle, and will explain how intergenerational partnerships and tapping into the full potential of our young people can drive social and economic progress for all of us.

This presentation is perfect for those working to support young people including parents, teachers and youth-serving organizations.

Inspiring Millennials and Gen Z

This presentation is an inspiring call-to-action and a practical guide for young people aged 15 – 25. Young people are not only the leaders of tomorrow; they can be leaders, influencers, and change makers today. Ilona uses data, research, and stories to inspire Millennials and Gen Z and give them the tools they need to stand up for what they believe in and realize their bold ideas.

This presentation is perfect for university students, high school students, aspiring entrepreneurs and other groups of young people who want to be inspired to make a difference.

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