Michelle Dagnino

Generation Y Engagement Expert

Michelle Dagnino

Michelle Dagnino is one of Canada's best-known Millennial engagement experts.  As a speaker, writer, lawyer, and serial social entrepreneur, Michelle has influenced and impacted hundreds of youth-serving and youth lead programs across North America to support the sucess and empowerment of young people into positions of leadership.

Michelle was born in and spent her early years in Toronto's Jane and Finch neighborhood, before moving out to BC for much of her early schooling. While still in high school Michelle started a mentorship program for young women, which sparked a life-long passion in social entrepreneurship focused on creating opportunities for hard to reach and vulnerable communities. 

Michelle is currently the Executive Director of the Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre, a social services agency in West Toronto, dedicated to supporting the local community through service delivery and resident capacity-building. She is a senior associate with Lura Consulting, focusing on engagement of hard to reach populations and ensuring a strong citizen voice in public engagement processes. Prior to this, Michelle held positions as the Canada Director for Ashoka’s Youth Venture, Executive Director of Youth Action Network, and was in private practice with one of Canada’s leading labour and human rights law firms. 

Michelle holds a Masters of Arts in Political Science, and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Bar in 2007. Michelle is a Loran Scholar, a recipient of the Toronto's YWCA Young Woman of Distinction award, and was named by The Globe and Mail and the Women's Executive Network as one of Canada's Top 100: Most Powerful Women. She is a frequent commentator in the media on matters related to engagement of Millennials and workforce development strategies. 

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  1. The Corner Office is Up for Grabs: Managing a Multi-Generation Workforce

    One of the most important and prevalent factors affecting the workplace is the diversity of age of workers--from new young workers to baby boomers to individuals on the verge of retirement. In an interesting--and challenging--twist on the multi-generational workforce, you now have the potential of having four generations in your workforce, with each generation having its own expectations, habits, work styles, and beliefs. This presentation delves into ideas and innovations to handle the attitudes, meld the differences, and help the generations understand each other a bit better.

  2. They took the corner office when you weren’t looking: Gen Y in the Workplace

    That was then, this is now. Get ready for the generation revolution as half of Boomers now working are set to exit the workforce by 2015. The workforce dynamics are always changing – but none more so than the influx of Gen-Yers that are going to make up the majority of the workforce in the next decade. Gen Y-ers represent a new class of employee – one schooled in technology, positive affirmation, collaboration and high expectations of success. How do you make it work for you and for them? This presentation arms you with all the information and tools you needs you need to make Gen Y-ers – and those working with them – happy in your workplace.

  3. Gen Y in School: The 21st Century Learner

    Gen Y (aka Millennials) students not only provide a challenge to traditional education learning and teaching, but also provide a rich context for examining new approaches to 21st century learning. Recent research suggests that this generation’s experiences of schooling are enriched by teaching strategies that have favoured close mentorship relationships, online learning tools and experiential learning. In this workshop discover strategies to increase millennial students' engagement with their school communities and explore their learning needs, allowing educators and administrators to develop its current learning and teaching practices in light of the realities of today’s young learner.

  4. Connecting With Youth: Community Strategies for Meaningful Youth Engagement

    Amid stories of disengagement amongst our young people, lack of leadership opportunities in the community and workplace, and the worries about the lack of opportunities for our youth,” we face the question of how to do we connect with young people? We need to connect with youth on a more meaningful level – how do we involve them as valued members in the decision making process and encourage innovation and creativity? This workshop reviews the fundamental concepts of youth engagement and considers the ways in which your organization’s capacity-building, outreach and recruitment strategies can contribute to creating access, equity and inclusiveness for all youth

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