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Allison MacDonald on succeeding as an experimental physicist, fighting implicit bias and asserting your confidence in STEM

Allison MacDonald, an experimental physicist at D-Wave, the Burnaby-based quantum computing firm, spends her days testing and improving the chip that helps run the company’s 2,000 qubit quantum computer. Allison talks about her unique field, shares her journey to becoming an experimental physicist and talks about challenging our implicit biases in the workplace.

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Why Reshma Saujani, The Founder Of Girls Who Code, Believes Brave Is Better Than Perfect

Girls Who Code’s mission is clear and focused: to close the gender gap in technology. And with its fearless founder and CEO, Reshma Saujani, at the helm, it’s already creating a major ripple effect in the tech industry. We are thrilled to welcome Saujani as a Keynote Speaker at our #movethedial Global Summit this November 7th, especially since Girls Who Code’s mission is perfectly aligned with that of #movethedial. As Saujani says, quoting the famous activist Marian Wright Edelman, "You can't be what you can't see."

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ZJ Hadley from Tulip: Rising Above Adversity and Championing Diversity

ZJ Hadley: Employee Success Business Partner at Tulip, a mobile application provider focused on empowering workers in retail stores. Fiercely passionate woman.  And vocal diversity advocate changing the tech culture in Toronto… and beyond. With all odds stacked against her, ZJ rose above adversity through hard work, grit, and an unwavering understanding of and commitment to what is just and moral. Sometimes with less than $20 in her pocket.   

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Coconut Software: The Trailblazing Tech Startup from Saskatoon with a Female Founder….and Female Funder

Katherine Regnier is the Founder and CEO of Coconut Software, a tech startup focused on “Appointments of the Future” in the Enterprise Appointment Scheduling space. Major national brands onboard include TELUS, Rogers, London Drugs, and Jackson Hewitt Tax in the USA. Under Katherine’s leadership, Coconut has shown strong growth and Michelle McBane, Managing Director at StandUp Ventures, knew that Coconut would be a strong portfolio company.

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Mallory Greene From Wealthsimple: On Being Bold, Thinking Big, and Building Her Personal Brand

As Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Wealthsimple, Mallory Greene is passionate about building a great place to work for all, and creating a lasting impact on the communities where we work and live. Mallory has earned a reputation as someone who figures things out. She has carved her own career path by taking risks, asking for what she wants, adapting to change, and thinking big. Simple, right?

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Anna Mackenzie from GrowSumo: How Hard Work, Networking, and Self Care Have Helped this Software Engineer Architect a Successful Career

Anna Mackenzie, a Software Engineer at GrowSumo, is also a proud #movethedial champion. In this candid conversation, we talk to Anna about the career milestones and lessons that have helped shape her experiences, and the importance of good old-fashioned hard work and grit. Anna’s story will inspire anyone looking to propel their career forward or excel in their current role.

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May 31 is Digital Literacy Day: Councillor Michelle Holland Brings Technology and Innovation to Communities Across Toronto

Michelle Holland is City Councillor for Scarborough Southwest-Ward 35, Chief Advocate for the Innovation Economy for the City of Toronto and champion of technology, entrepreneurship and diversity. In our interview, she passionately discusses one of her initiatives, Digital Literacy Day. This ground-breaking project, which has gained tremendous momentum and support, will see companies, consumers, and communities across the City come together to learn, connect, and share. Follow Michelle on Twitter at @hollandmichelle and join the conversation using the hashtag #DLDayTO.

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