5 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR WORKPLACE MORE INCLUSIVE

Molly Q. Ford, senior director of global diversity programs at Salesforce and Jodi Kovitz, founder and CEO of #MoveTheDial joined ELLE Canada’s managing editor Carli Whitwell for a panel discussion on how organizations can become more inclusive and what challenges still need to be overcome.

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Move the Dial
TORONTO, WE LOVE YOU, AND HERE’S SOME REASONS WHY

The inaugural Move the Dial Summit took place in November, marking a milestone for a movement that’s focused on enhancing women’s efforts in technology. Held at the Telus Centre in Toronto, the Summit featured speakers like Google Canada’s country head Sabrina Geremia, seed-stage funders and Toronto advisors like Candice Faktor (Faktory Partners) and panellists with Toronto entrepreneurs like Eva Wong, who co-founded and is the COO of Borrowell. It housed national and international leaders like Diane Kazarian from PwC Canada as well as captivating conversationalists like Amber Mac and Bea Arthur.

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Nancy Madonik
Empowerment alone will not move the dial for women

The collective actions of thousands across movements like #metoo and #TimesUp has shown the world that being rich, powerful, and male does not give you a free pass. We believe that Dr. Ford felt more able to act on her civic duty because of and through the support of these movements. Similarly, we believe that the 20,000 Google employees that participated in the recent Google Walkout for Real Change were fueled by the power of these movements. We’ve made progress. But clearly not enough. 

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Nancy Madonik
Going out of our way is key to unlocking diversity

A thousand professionals and students gathered for the inaugural #movethedial Global Summit on Nov. 7 in Toronto in pursuit of a common mission: Closing the gender diversity and inclusion gaps we still face in the technology sector and more broadly across our organizations.

The message was clear as Jodi Kovitz, chief executive and founder of #movethedial, took the stage: If we want to solve the diversity and inclusion equation in our organizations, we need to “go out of our way.” Ms. Kovitz elaborated that this could mean something as small as taking 30 seconds to share/promote a post on social media, or big as actively sponsoring someone – which entails putting your own reputation on the line for someone else’s career advancement – or financially backing a female founder.

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Veronica Yao
Girls Who Code Launches Canadian Chapter

Girls Who Code has announced its expansion into Canada, its first international market outside the U.S. and its home base of New York City. The non-profit is dedicated to closing the gender gap within technology by providing young girls with the opportunity to learn and be exposed to computer science.

The announcement for Girls Who Code’s expansion into Canada came at the #movethedial summit, an organization dedicated to empowering women within STEM industries.

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Veronica Yao
A tale of paying it forward to the Toronto hospital that saved her daughter

Jodi Kovitz’s daughter was two years old when she developed a series of rare infections that required months of treatment at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.

Her daughter pulled through and is now a healthy nine-year-old, but Ms. Kovitz has never forgotten the professional care her family received from the hospital’s staff. “We slept there a lot of nights and had 14 different specialists at any given time,” recalled Ms. Kovitz, who founded #movethedial, an organization dedicated to advancing women in the technology sector.

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Veronica Yao
Moving the Dial: The importance of female leadership in technology

Recently I had the opportunity to take part in a keynote conversation at #movethedial's global summit in Toronto, where women from across the technology landscape gathered to discuss where the industry is headed, and the impact we can have on our collective future.

As I said at the event – I am a passionate believer that the innovative technologies we're creating today are laying the foundation for how we'll interact with each other and the world around us tomorrow. And, in order to ensure that the products and services we create are applicable and accessible to all, it's critical we engage people of all backgrounds, skillsets and mindsets in the process.

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Elektra Simms
#movethedial Introduces Connect Platform at Inaugural Global Summit

#movethedial, a global movement dedicated to advancing the participation and leadership of all women* in technology, is proudly introducing the #movethedial Connect platform at today’s inaugural #movethedial Global SummitConnect will curate and facilitate authentic connections between women in tech who can benefit from the mentorship of accomplished global business leaders, and #movethedial champions.

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Elektra Simms
US-Based Nonprofit Girls Who Code Launches in Canada

US-based nonprofit Girls Who Code has expanded into Canada, its first international market.

The organization’s mandate is to encourage more girls between the ages of 13 to 18 to enter STEM through free after-school programs. The organization has reached 90,000 girls in the US since launching in 2012 and hopes to expand to 100 Clubs across Canada during its first year. Schools, libraries, universities, and other non-profit organizations can apply to start a free Club in Canada.

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Elektra Simms
Arlan Hamilton's Blueprint for Inclusive Innovation

Hamilton was set to give a fireside chat at yesterday’s Move the Dial Summit, but she made time for interviews throughout the day and in between meetings. Now that Backstage Capital has invested in over 100 founders (though no Canadians — yet) and Hamilton has graced the cover of Fast Company, she has no shortage of demands on her time.

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Elektra Simms