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
#Movethedial founder reveals ROI of diverse leadership

Jodi Kovitz is a big name in the Canadian technology space. Having run a not-for-profit organization, Peerscale (formerly AceTech Ontario) and founded #MovetheDial, Kovitz is firmly at the head of it acting as global CEO. Her latest venture, #MovetheDial, was created in January 2017 with the mission of increasing the participation and leadership of all women in technology. She’s HRD Canada’s keynote speaker at HR Leaders Summit in Toronto.

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Veronica Yao
Four women tackling tech’s diversity problem

[Many] companies are now grappling with how to improve gender balance in the executive suite, on boards and in their recruitment efforts, while women with firms of their own are pressing to be taken seriously.

The dynamic has spawned a range of initiatives to help, or push, the industry to include women at all levels. Here are four Canadian examples:

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Veronica Yao
How #movethedial is boosting the number of women in the global science and technology industry

Despite the continuing growth of Canada's technology industry, women are underrepresented in this critical area of the country's economy.

According to a recent report by TD Economics, while more women are entering fields related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), there's still a long way to go; less than a quarter of the well-paying jobs in these high-growth industries are held by women. Organizations like #movethedial are working to change this.

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Veronica Yao
#movethedial Announces First Global Summit in Toronto


A fast-growing movement in Canada is holding a huge summit to celebrate all the success they have achieved in just a short time.

#movethedial is hosting their first-ever Global Summit in Toronto on November 7, 2018 to inspire more powerful action and help advance more women into leadership roles in the global technology community. The event will be supported by TD as a lead sponsor.

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Elektra Simms
33 Media, Marketing and Tech Stars Who’ve Helped Make Toronto a Vibrant Creative Hub

Call it T.O., the 6ix or “Toronno” (as Torontonians are apt to do), this city along the northwest shore of Lake Ontario has established itself as a vibrant, diverse creative hub across industries ranging from tech and design to music, marketing and more. Far from being a regional player, Toronto can stand on its own next to New York, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, offering bold, new ideas on the world stage. In this special report, we’ll meet 33 key movers and shakers behind its success. Some of these folks fashion innovative brand campaigns and guide digital innovation, while others create chart-topping hits or craft cautionary tales that plumb the depths of our cultural soul. Many give back to the community as mentors, grooming the next generation, or raise big bucks for social causes. Collectively, they continue to push the city forward, raising the bar for artistry and excellence, giving Toronto a spirit and style all its own.

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Elektra Simms