Innovation and Emerging Tech Pioneer | Managing Director and Innovation Lead, Accenture Canada
Iliana Oris Valiente, CPA, CA is an accomplished corporate executive, innovation and emerging tech pioneer, startup investor, respected board member, published author, and global public speaker. With a clear vision and unwavering determination, she is a thought-leader on a mission to build a future that humans want to live in.
Currently, Iliana is the Managing Director and Innovation Lead at Accenture Canada, working with senior executives and boards to support their strategic transformation journeys. She leads multi-disciplinary teams across design, data, and technology, with a focus on emergent areas such as metaverse/blockchain/web3, sustainability, AI, and cross-industry initiatives.
Iliana is widely recognized for her trailblazing contributions to the blockchain industry, having advised corporations, government leaders, regulators, and startups as a translator between web2 and web3 worlds.
Her expertise and perspective has expanded, now encompassing overall technology and societal trends. Iliana has her finger on the pulse of global shifts in talent trends, future of work, and is regularly asked to speak about the future. Iliana is a global citizen, speaking English, Russian, Spanish, and French.
A published author and frequent speaker at conferences, Iliana has also been featured in various media outlets, including television, radio, and print (Bloomberg, CBC, Globe&Mail, etc). Additionally, she’s an active board member at Sunnybrook Hospital, CPA Ontario, and DIACC, and mentors startups through incubators such as CDL.
Through Iliana’s unique life experiences and contributions, she has developed an ability to see the bigger picture, and enjoys connecting dots (ideas and people).
Amidst rapid technological advancements (including Metaverse and AI) and social change, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the jargon, fixate on specific tech components, or expect doomsday scenarios. Iliana demystifies complex topics so they’re relevant and easy to understand, explores the future of work, lifestyle, and entertainment through a human-centric lens, and empowers audiences to harness these forces for maximum benefit. Drawing on her experience advising Fortune 500 companies on new products and services while leveraging the latest tech and consistently applying a human-centric lens, her insightful talks about the future resonate with business leaders and the general workforce alike. She aims to leave audiences optimistic and better prepared for what comes next.
How do you build teams and create thriving businesses within massive organizations? How do you convince traditional organizations to embrace new technology and social trends? How can startups and large corporates partner effectively?
Join Iliana as she shares her extraordinary journey of creating scaled businesses within traditional corporate settings. Iliana draws on insights from her experience building the first-ever blockchain technology practice at a conservative global audit firm(2015) and subsequently becoming the youngest ever Managing Director at Accenture (a Fortune 500 consultancy with 700,000 employees), where she’s built an innovation function averaging $100+million / year of sales impact. Sharing practical lessons on effective leadership, talent management, culture, and strategies for navigating internal obstacles, audience members gain inspiration to drive change in their organization to become an innovation powerhouse.
Step into a future where borders dissolve, and true global citizenship prevails. The debate is no longer around “WFH or office.” The world is the office (and home). Learn about the global shift to location independence: the mindsets of those who identify as global citizens (hint – it’s not just the 22year old digital nomads); the HR and workforce implications; and new business opportunities presented for companies in travel, personal finance, real estate, and health domains to tap into this emergent demographic. This topic ties into discussions around the rise of broader workplace dynamics, including micro-entrepreneurship, talent attraction and retention, contingent workforce models, future skilling, and enabling technologies such as Metaverse and GenAI. Witness this growing global movement, with individuals reshaping notions of success and personal freedom, influencing both private and public sectors, with Iliana’s firsthand experience as a seasoned global citizen.
Peer into the future and envision a society in five years. With emerging technologies, climate concerns, shifting values, the loneliness epidemic, and the reshaping of communities and meaningful connections, Iliana explores the profound impact on society, urging an optimistic and forward-thinking approach.