Ilana Ben-Ari

Toy Designer • Social Entrepreneur • sheEO

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is a toy designer turned social entrepreneur. She is the founder of Twenty One Toys and the inventor of the Failure Toy and Empathy Toy - the award-winning facilitation tools used in 1000s of boardrooms and classrooms in over 50 countries. Featured in Inc. Magazine as one of the Top 100 Female Founders of 2020, her inventions have been praised in TIME magazine as a technology that is reshaping the future of learning.

* don’t worry about saying this perfectly, but if you’re interested,
pronunciation: ih lah na ben ar ee

Inventor of:

The Empathy Toy
The Failure Toy

Read her story on Medium:

"These aren't my pants"

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Media Coverage:

The Globe and Mail
CBC Our Toronto
Time Magazine
The Guardian
The Independent
Financial Post


TEDx Talk
Growth Mindset

Awards & Recognitions:

Canadian Export Challenge Pitch Competition winner
Archangel Summit's Moonshot Pitch Competition winner
winner of SheEO Radical Generosity award
Ariane de Rothschild Fellow
Spin Master Innovation Fund winner