Dr. Corey Seemiller
“Who is Generation Z”
Dr. Corey Seemiller is a seasoned educator, researcher, and speaker on Generation Z. Her work has been featured on NPR and in The New York Times as well as in other news publications, podcasts, and journals around the world. With now more than a quarter million views, her TED Talk on Generation Z at TEDxDayton showcased how Generation Z plans to make a difference in the world. Her books include Generation Z Goes to College, Generation Z Leads, Generation Z: A Century in Making, and Generation Z Learns. She also co-authored the Gen Z Voices on Voting research report and the Campus of Tomorrow report and just completed her largest Gen Z study to date with more than 30,000 participants from 32 countries. Dr. Seemiller received her Bachelor's degree in Communication, Master's degree in Educational Leadership, and Ph.D. in Higher Education. She currently serves as a professor in the Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations at Wright State University.
“Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation in the Workplace”
As an Indigenous French-Canadian entrepreneur, Jennifer Ménard-Shand always dreamed of leading a purpose-driven organization. Today, she lives that dream as the founder and CEO of Staff Shop, an award-winning certified diverse staffing and recruitment firm. Through sharing her inspirational entrepreneurial journey as well as insight into truth and reconciliation in the workplace; equity, diversity, and inclusion; and the labour market, she inspires leaders and their teams to reach their full potential both at home and work.
Ménard-Shand began her career in 2008 at one of Toronto’s most trusted full-service recruitment agencies, The Bagg Group (now TalentWorld). In 2013, she created Bagg @Your Service, the organization’s first hospitality and events division, before purchasing her creation in 2018 and evolving it into Staff Shop. Today, her company services hundreds of clients across North America and deploys thousands of employees across Canada as a full-service staffing and resource firm with eight service lines and a focus on global expansion.
A First Nations Ojibwe, Ménard-Shand’s entrepreneurial story celebrates the triumph of resiliency. She is a survivor of oppression having faced alcoholism, abuse, neglect, trauma, abandonment, and imposter syndrome throughout her life. She is committed to breaking the silence and putting an end to generational trauma and unhealthy cycles. There is no limit to the positive impact Staff Shop and Ménard-Shand can have on humanity. This is what drives her to do her best and inspire others to reach their full potential and leave a legacy worth following for future generations.