Businesses, organizations, and governments looking to succeed in the innovation economy and attract and retain young talent, turn to Ilona Dougherty. Her engaging and insightful presentations draw on neuroscience and developmental psychology to distill the unique abilities of today’s youth and how leaders can best support and engage young talent in their workplace.
Dougherty is an award-winning social innovator and a respected researcher often featured in the media as the co-creator and managing director of the Youth and Innovation Project at the University of Waterloo. She has extensive leadership and governance experience having co-founded and led several organizations. This includes Apathy is Boring, a Canadian non-partisan social enterprise that Dougherty co-founded at the age of 23 to educate youth about democracy and encourage them to vote.
Named one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful Women” in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network in 2015, Dougherty was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, a Global Ashoka Fellowship in 2009, and a Yukon Women’s Award at the age of 19. She is currently a PhD student in political science at the University of Waterloo where her research focuses on how policy, strategy, and programs touch the lives of young people.