#movethedial: 2019 In Review


As the year draws to a close, we are taking a moment to reflect on our impact over the past year. Join us in re-living the magic of our events and initiatives with a look back on the big highlights of each month…


We escaped the Toronto winter for a few days as we kicked off 2019 with a #movethedial Stories event in the Canadian Consulate in Los Angeles.

Back in the 6ix, we talked Career Pivots at our Stories events with Rangle.


One of our proudest moments this year was facilitating the conversations and personal stories that were shared at our Stories event with League, which focused on mental wellness in the workplace. In the era of hustle-culture, open dialogue around burnout and mental health stigma is more important than ever.


Our “pinch us” moment of the year was #movethedial hosting a Meet & Greet with Ellen DeGeneres, ahead of her show at the Scotiabank Arena. Our CEO Jodi’s dancing even got picked up by The Tenors! (Check out the moment here)

Another big highlight of the month was our second International Women’s Day which brought together over 400 founders, funders and friends to celebrate, inspire and connect. We continued our meaningful discussions at an inspiring Stories event focused on overcoming Imposter Syndrome with Ceridian.


Bonjour Montréal! We launched Stories with Osler in this wonderful city with an event focused on women founders in the AI field. We also partnered with OLG and TribalScale for a Stories event all about how companies can adapt through digital transformation.


Check out our CEO @jodilynnkovitz in the @globalnews report on how Collision is bridging the gender gap! https://t.co/vlO1AchnCe

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Huge excitement in the city as Collision moved from New Orleans to Toronto! Following the lead of their European event Web Summit, Collision brings together people and companies who are redefining the global tech industry, and we were thrilled to play a part by offering deeply discounted ‘Women in Tech’ tickets to our community. #movethedial also partnered with BMO to create the official Women in Tech Lounge for the conference.

In addition to all the Collision happenings, we had a lot of collaboration with our partner PwC: Stories events in both Calgary and Toronto, and the launch of the ‘Women in Innovation’ report.


Alongside the Raptors winning the NBA Championship, Team #movethedial had plenty of things to celebrate.

For the first time, we hosted a special #movethedial Stories Pride edition which featured speakers who are part of LGBTQ2+ community sharing their personal tales. We also marched in the Toronto Pride Parade with TD Bank.

Our very own Global Events Manager Brian Wilson sharing his story.

We rounded off the month by returning to New York for the third time with our trailblazing women in tech event and hosting a coding workshop for girls aged 10-12 in partnership with Anna Mackenzie and Vue Vixens.


Our speakers post-event in the 1875, Chicago.

July marked the launch of #movethedial Stories in Chicago with CIBC in the 1875. We conceptualized Dial Moving Dinners to meaningfully connect women in technology. Our first Dial Moving Dinner was hosted by Torys LLP. Stay tuned for many more Dial Moving Dinners in 2020!


One way to work toward equality, especially in the workplace, is to ensure that our employees of all gender identities and all types of families feel wholly supported to utilize our parental policies and benefits. We worked hard to design our Parental Leave Policy, which we were proud to launch in August of this year.


We hit the ground running in September, bringing our #movethedial Stories series to London, England and Tel Aviv, Israel. Returning to Toronto, we partnered with our friends at TD Bank to co-brand the #DialMovers Lounge & Photo Exhibit at Elevate.

Knowing that women face unique challenges when it comes to investing, we partnered with Wealthsimple to offer the community a unique workshop on closing the gender gap in investment.


This was a busy month with a lot of firsts:

  • Our CEO Jodi brought out an early-release copy of her book ‘Go Out of Your Way’, with endorsements from the likes of Girls Who Code’s Reshma Saujani and Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg.

  • Dial Moving – we released our podcast which features tactical advice to advance in your career, company, and life.

  • We travelled to Lisbon to run a #movethedial Workshop at Web Summit.

  • We launched our Masterclass series, our first one with Genesys focused on storytelling.

  • #movethedial Stories launched in Waterloo with BMO at Vidyard.

  • We held a special stories event, with CIBC, that celebrated and recognized the critical roles of male-identified allies.



With our #movethedial Global Summit, brought to you by TD, happening in mid-November, this was a fast-paced and impactful month. We hosted 2,800+ attendees at Roy Thomson Hall, with thousands more participating online, via our livestream and through social media (almost 5 million impressions!). In partnership with Feminunity, we launched our “Retaining Women Working in Tech” Playbook. We also teamed up with McKesson Canada & The Walrus to award four $5K scholarships for Women in STEM.

Our second annual Founders Connect Experience Breakfast was also a huge success with 52 founders & 45 funders coming together to enable our women-identified founders to connect to capital and a community.

At the end of a busy month, we joined forces with Wealthsimple to host our first-ever event dedicated specifically to women “who” tech. Stay tuned for many more of these programs in 2020.


As 2019 drew to an end, we held our final Stories event of the year with TD Bank Group all around the future of the tech workforce.

To thank our founding and corporate partners for their generous support, we were thrilled to hold our Partners Reception featuring President of the Toronto Raptors Masai Ujiri, the NBA’s VP of Diversity & Inclusion Lilihan Majeed, and international speaker Mpumi Nobiva.

Before we break for the holiday season, we’re looking forward to our week of team-bonding fun and strategic planning for 2020.

See you in the New Year, Dial Movers!