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  • The value of seasoned leaders in startups and scale-ups

    The MaRS Talent Development blog showcases stories and insights from tech sector professionals across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Learn about what it takes to thrive in Toronto’s tech sector. Sign up for the MaRS Talent newsletter to learn more. According to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report 2018, nearly 50 per cent […]

    December 18, 2018

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  • Transitioning from the corporate world to an early-stage startup

    We are starting to see a shift in the private sector: many iconic organizations are restructuring to remain competitive, while startups are growing at unprecedented levels. Despite this shift, job seekers are still hesitant to apply and work at startups. According to MaRS’ Talent Fuels Tech study, this reluctance stems from a general lack of knowledge about startups and limited employer-brand recognition.

    October 6, 2018

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  • Curate yourself

    I’ve never had a job in my field of study. In the early 2000s, when I was earning my bachelor’s degree, I was unprepared for the lack of employment opportunities for a recent humanities graduate living in Northern Ontario.

    October 5, 2018

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  • Looking at the Ontario budget through a talent lens

    At MaRS, my team and I work to create a pipeline of diverse talent that will succeed in Toronto’s tech sector through a combination of programming and advocating for new policies. Coming off the heels of our Talent Fuels Tech report, we wanted to take a look at the latest Ontario Budget to see how […]

    March 29, 2018

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  • Why achieving diversity in tech requires firing the industry’s ‘cultural fit’ mentality

    Note: This piece was originally published in TechCrunch. If you have interviewed for a technology job, there’s a good chance the words “culture” and “fit” made an appearance during the phone-screen phase, or in early rounds of interviews. It is no longer enough for a candidate — especially early to mid-career — to arrive to […]

    March 22, 2018

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  • Tech’s obsession with cultural fit feeds its diversity problem

    Note: This piece was originally published in the Globe and Mail. If you’re looking for a good tech job, it’s not enough to have a sparkling resume and top-drawer coding skills. You also have to come off as a fit for the team. In the past decade, the idea of hiring for “cultural fit” – […]

    January 25, 2018

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  • Announcing the Studio Y program redesign and application launch

    At Studio Y we believe that the world’s most challenging problems cannot be solved in isolation. We need collaborative, nimble leaders who can navigate change as globalization and technology continue to disrupt our economy. Studio Y is helping to create these leaders through the Studio Y Fellowship, an experiential program that promotes creative risk-taking and […]

    May 12, 2016

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  • Building an innovation nation of young leaders

    For a boy who fled political unrest in Nigeria with his mother and siblings only to grow up amid poverty and gun violence in Toronto’s Jamestown neighbourhood, Lekan Olawoye comes by his community activism honestly. He has been a respected youth leader in the city’s Rexdale and Weston-Mount Dennis communities, a former chair of the […]

    April 28, 2016

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  • The Future of Leadership: Canada’s Strategy for Youth Leadership and Innovation

    At Studio Y, we believe that social innovation happens at the intersection of sectors, people and ideas. No single sector or person has a monopoly on the solutions to today’s large systemic problems. Rather, in order to build solutions that recognize the diverse needs of our global community, we require leaders who can understand, convene, […]

    January 26, 2016

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