TOY DESIGNER TURNED SOCIAL ENTREPENEUR
Founder of Twenty One Toys
Inventor of the Empathy Toy and Failure Toy
Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Female Founders of 2020
Ilana’s an Internationally recognized Keynote Speaker who’s traveled the globe delivering over 30 Keynotes with her toy inventions. In highly interactive Keynotes, she invites the audience to play her toys live with audience participation while discussing the role of empathy, resilience, and creativity in the future of work and learning.
Loblaw Digital Creative Summit
Fireside chat on design, innovation, and business
Keynote for the Festival of Curiosity
What do Empathy & Failure have to do with Creativity?
Intuit Quickbooks Connect Conference
Panel discussion on entrepreneurship
Keynote for City of Toronto, Money Forum
How One Social Entrepreneur is Bootstrapping Their Way to the Top
Keynote for DisruptEd
Empathy, Resilience, and The Future of Work and Learning
Keynote Ontario Association of Architects
Why Empathy is the Number One Job Skill for the Future
Panel discussion on entrepreneurship and design
Toys as Tools for Communication, Inventing the Empathy Toy
virtual fireside chats
Bring Ilana into your next team meeting or classroom lesson. She loves sharing stories and insights about bootstrapping her own toy business and the design process of bringing her ideas to life. Get a sneak peak of her journey in her medium post “These aren’t my pants”.
“I’m loving this live demonstration of The Empathy Toy. Amazing invention. Fascinating to watch it in action.”
“Ok, I was right. Ilana Ben-Ari was amazing! Why didn’t I become a toy designer? @oaarchitects made a perfect choice.”
So inspired by your talk on empathy. We work with people with visual impairments on campus. Developing empathy is the key to our success. Thank you for your ideas that will help us build on this!
Competition – 1st Place Award
Coffee Talks – get advice from Ilana