Nicole Verkindt, Founder & CEO at OMX, shares incredible learnings drawn from her career in business and how she dealt with feeling "out of her element" early on. Special thanks to Shopify for hosting this event!
Jodi Kovitz, Founder & CEO at #movethedial, shares her experiences working with powerhouse women in the tech world that eventually motivated her to start #movethedial and begin sharing stories of inspirational women in tech around the world. Special thanks to Shopify for hosting this event!
Tiffany Gooch, Consultant at Enterprise Canada, shares her experiences moving from the tech world to politics, as well as the most important lesson she's learned in her career. Special thanks to Shopify for hosting this event!
Michelle Holland, City Councillor at City of Toronto, shares some of the most pivotal moments in her career, including her biggest failure and how that experience combined with the support of her network and community eventually led to her success. Special thanks to Shopify for hosting this event!
Christie Pitts, Investment Partner and Chief of Staff at Backstage Capital explains why the firm sees the biggest opportunity investing in underrepresented founders. Christie shares with Michael Bancroft her reason for joining the company and which industries most excite her.
Laura Buhler, Executive Director at C100 shares the organization's efforts in supporting and accelerating the innovation ecosystem in Canada. Laura explains to Michael Bancroft how the San Francisco based non-profit is connecting founders and entrepreneurs with technology leaders and investors in Silicon Valley to help grow and scale Canadian businesses. #Movethedial
Kate Byrne, VP, Business Development, Partnership and Membership at Watermark shares why advancing women in the workplace is important to her and how her organization helps companies to increase the number of females in leadership positions. Kate speaks with Michael Bancroft about some of the initiatives and programs available through Watermark that are helping to #Movethedial for everyone.
Lisha Li, Principal at Amplify Partners is excited about seeing how machine learning will solve problems in traditional industries including transportation, construction, agriculture and health. Lisha shares with Michael Bancroft the key challenges facing companies with regards to leveraging artificial intelligence, as well as the importance of programs such as the Creative Destruction Lab.
Jessica Lee, Business and Product at Facebook explains how she took the love of technology from a young age and turned it into a career at one of the biggest and most known companies in the world. Jessica shares with Michael Bancroft how she was first introduced to the social media platform during her time at Stanford University and how her work peers have helped her career grow.
Karen Catlin, author, speaker and advocate for women in tech explains why she decided to major in computer science and work in the technology space. Karen shares with Michael Bancroft her experience gained from senior positions at companies like Adobe and how attending a Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing event highlighted the need to attract more women to the computer science field. She discusses some key changes occurring in the industry to help #movethedial for women, from education through to retention in organisations.
Andrea Matheson, Founder and CEO of M5.0 Inc shares with Michael Bancroft her biggest projects and lessons learned to date working in the technology sector, including one of the largest Y2K company conversions in North America for Bell Canada. Andrea also offers advice for companies looking to compete in international markets and how to ensure best practices when it comes to diversity across all levels of the business, no matter the size or geographic location.
Eva Helen, Founder and CEO of EQ Inspiration shares with Michael Bancroft how the organization is helping companies reach equality, attract and retain talent and impact financial results through inclusion. Eva discusses her mission of advancing women to leadership positions in the tech space by inviting men to the conversation and the importance of two-way mentorships.
Catherine Lacavera, Director of Intellectual Property Law and Litigation at Google believes you can't make a wrong decision when it comes to your career. There are always many choices and new opportunities to help grow professionally, each with their unique experiences. She explains there is no one path people follow that leads them to where they think they should be and how investing your time in the right places can be enriching and rewarding.
Being an entrepreneur to Tracie Wagman, CEO, Pin & Tucker is like climbing a mountain, the terrain can be difficult and unknown but the reward of reaching the peak is worth every step. Tracie recounts her experience of launching her own company as a female founder and how women in Silicon Valley have helped support her while building Pin & Tucker. She also shares her 5 lessons learned in climbing mountains and being an entrepreneur.
Diversity helps companies understand every aspect of business and Movethedial is bringing executives together to share best practices to assist in achieving inclusive workplaces. Jay Rosenzweig, CEO of Rosenzweig & Company Inc. has seen first hand how mentoring and supporting women, particularly at the executive level can result in building world class teams.
Colleen Moorehead, Chief Client Officer at Osler shares why she believes it is important in the technology industry to invest in diversity and ensure companies recruit, develop and retain women in the workforce.
Share your story and help #movethedial in celebration of International Women's Day 2018. Whether you're new to the workforce, mid-career or in a leadership position your insights, advice and own experience can help inspire inclusion and advance diversity. #movethedialStories
Eva Lau of Two Small Fish Ventures believes in the power of stories to inspire communities to #movethedial. Eva shares her first hand experience through her work at Wattpad — how one writer can impact a wide audience and encourage them to tell their own stories.
Steve Irvine, Founder and CEO of integrate.ai explains the importance of gender diversity in the workplace and the impact women in leadership roles have on a company's culture and performance. He also shares why #movethedial is needed to ensure women not only get a seat at the table but also a voice.
Kirstine Stewart, media and technology executive and author of Our Turn shares her leadership lessons with Anthony Lacavera. Kirstine details what can be accomplished when you are part of a strong team. She also explains the reason behind writing the book, the importance of diversity in business and how the company’s definition of success has evolved.
Wattpad has become a global platform success. This is their story including how it pays to have disruptive investors behind your business. Candice Faktor, Founder of Faktory Ventures speaks with Anthony Lacavera about the motivation behind launching her own micro fund and the impact Albert Wenger from Union Square Ventures had on her career.
Alanna Harvey, co-founder and Marketing Director at Flipd shares who has played one of the biggest roles in helping shape her career path and what it takes to succeed in achieving your professional goals. Alanna tells Anthony Lacavera how Flipd is helping people achieve tech life balance and how it is being integrated into curriculums to assist students in staying focused.
Rebecca Skvorc, SVP of Finance at Wave shares with Anthony Lacavera how she made the transition from a corporate environment into the startup world and her key takeaways for anyone who wants to make the change. She also explains how her long time mentor Dan Wilson at KPMG continues to #movethedial for her through networking events and introductions to future career prospects.
Aliza Lakhani, CEO of Northeastern University Toronto explains to Anthony Lacavera why she moved from The DMZ to Northeastern University and what lessons she has taken from her past experience to the new role. She also shares what excites her about the innovation ecosystem and how the university is adapting its curriculum to keep pace with industry globally.
Toronto is very successful as a technology hub and leader in innovation, yet globally the successes and achievements are not widely celebrated. Councillor Michelle Holland, Chief Advocate for the Innovation Economy for the city of Toronto shares with Anthony Lacavera what she is doing to bridge the gap within the ecosystem alongside businesses, entrepreneurs and government to market the city to the world as the number one destination for startups.
Michelle Scarborough, Managing Director, Strategic Investments and Women in Tech at BDC discusses the company’s investment roadmap with Anthony Lacavera as well as why she became an entrepreneur. She also shares what’s needed in the industry to help close the gap for female founders in getting properly funded.
Carla E Brodley, Professor & Dean, College of Computer & Information Science at Northeastern University shares how she has seen STEM education evolve across North America. Professor Brodley discusses what the university is doing to help attract students and how they have broadened curriculum offerings for a diverse student base that will help Movethedial. Northeastern University Toronto Northeastern University College of Engineering