The Value of Creating an Innovation Talent Pipeline

Britta McKenna, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Illinois Innovation Network

Abstract

Investing in the innovation pipeline today translates to Illinois business tomorrow. Somewhere between the rise of “STEM” and “staying globally competitive” in a time after Millennials is Generation Z. Gen Z digital natives are now making their way to and through primary and secondary education and we need to be ready to nurture the emerging talents of these and other future innovators. This is particularly important in Illinois where developing – and retaining – top talent will be a key driver of the state’s knowledge-based economy. There is hard work ahead reimagining what education should look like to support this budding entrepreneurial talent. We need to allow talent to drive innovation and be willing to check our teacher egos at the door.