Voices of Youth - What Really Matters to Be Successful at Work and as an Entrepreneur


WE EMPOWER - G7 Programme organized the "Voices of Youth: What Really Matters to Be Successful at Work and as an Entrepreneur" to explore what are the policies and support mechanisms governments and companies need to establish to allow youth professionals to progress in the workplace and as an entrepreneur.




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August marks the celebration of two important days: The International Youth Day (12 August) and the World Entrepreneurs’ Day (21 August 2020).

WE EMPOWER G7 Programme is organizing the Voices of Youth: What Really Matters to Be Successful at Work and as an Entrepreneur to explore what are the policies and support mechanisms governments and companies need to establish to allow youth professionals to progress in the workplace and as an entrepreneur.

Another important element to discuss are the skills needed in the current world of work. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the world is becoming increasingly digital and digital skills are now more critical than ever as we build a new normal that is more digital, more sustainable and more innovative in setting up systems that advance gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community. The private sector is a key actor in the discussion. Young people are more willing to work for companies or build businesses that care and support the Sustainable Development Goals, the Women’s Empowerment Principles, respect human rights, gender equality and have a reach diversity and inclusion policy.

A Nielsen survey revealed that 66 per cent of global respondents, both women and men, said they were prepared to pay a premium for products and services from companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impact. Young women and men are also increasingly requesting information from companies regarding their corporate commitment to diversity, inclusion and gender equality in supply chains.

Committed companies lead by example, showcasing their commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment. Community leadership and engagement can take many forms. Companies can leverage influence, alone or in partnership, to advocate for gender equality and collaborate with business partners, suppliers, and community leaders to promote inclusion.




Opening message:


Riya Mehta

A 17 year old global health innovator, lifelong learner and technology enthusiast on a mission to change the world and solve humanity’s most pressing problems in global health. Riya ia an artificial intelligence  and genomic researcher under the Hospital for Sick Children, where Riya explore different ways of applying AI in the future of genomics for diseases. Currently innovating the fields of AR/VR, Riya is developing ways of integrating virtual reality experiences in models for developing countries.Passionate about the global epidemic for healthcare, Riya love researching about how humanity can solve this problem by leveraging emerging technology.






Ester Marinas, Head of Brand Marketing Spain and Portugal, Google

Ester Marinas started working at Amadeus IT Group, a leading Spanish travel technology company, after earning her degree in business management from Carlos III University in Madrid. In 2008 she joined Google where, after various positions in Sales & Marketing, including starting the the EMEA wide Grow with Google marketing team based in London, she moved back to Madrid to Head up the Growth Marketing team for Spain and Portugal. In 2018, Ester moved to lead the Iberia Brand and Reputation team and the flagship digital skills initiative - Google Actívate - which has trained over 2M people in Spain and LATAM.

Jake Stika, Executive Director, Next Gen Men

As Next Gen Men's Executive Director, Jake is a passionate speaker and facilitator focused on gender-based issues related to the social and emotional development of young men, the health and well-being of men in communities, and gender equity in workplaces.

Jake was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, as well as having earned recognition from Ashoka, the British Council, and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. He has spoken at the United Nations as part of the Canadian Delegation and participated in the UN Women Safe Cities Initiative Global Forum. He is also a proud advisor to the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association, Canadian Women & Sport, as well as the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter.

TeLisa Daughtry, Founder and CTO, FlyTechnista

TeLisa Daughtry—is an Award-Winning Tech/STEAM and Diversity Advocate, 10x Serial Social Entrepreneur, Impact Investor, International Keynote Speaker, Author, Multi-Disciplined Creative & Technologist, and Disruptor! She is the Founder & CTO of FlyTechnista, mobile app; Founder of DEI Dojo; and Impact Investor at FemX Ventures. As an entrepreneur, mentor, and advocate; she is passionate about creating solutions to empower women, youth, and underrepresented groups to participate in technology and entrepreneurship. She has built several technology solutions and developed initiatives in support of the United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals; WeEmpower / UN Women, Women's Empowerment Principles; and The White House, Computer Science for All initiative in 2016; which have engaged thousands of women and girls globally.

As an International Keynote Speaker and speaker at the US Department of State Bureau of Education & Cultural Affairs, and Author; she uses her voice and visibility to educate, advocate, and elevate important and relevant topics. She doesn’t wear Glass Slippers, she Roundhouse-Kicks Glass Ceilings!

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Event organized by WE EMPOWER - G7:

“Promoting economic empowerment of women at work through responsible business conduct in G7 countries” (WE EMPOWER – G7) is a programme funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by UN Women and the International Labour Organization (ILO). The WE EMPOWER Programme convene multistakeholder dialogues in the EU, Canada, Japan and the US to exchange knowledge, experiences, good practices and lessons learned in the context of the changing world of work.

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