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#movethedial Introduces Connect Platform at Inaugural Global Summit

November 7, 2018

TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 7, 2018--#movethedial, a global movement dedicated to advancing the participation and leadership of all women* in technology, is proudly introducing the platform at today’s inaugural #movethedial Global Summit. Connect will curate and facilitate authentic connections between women in tech who can benefit from the mentorship of accomplished global business leaders, and #movethedial champions.

For business leaders, establishing mentorship relationships can often mean dozens of coffee meetings or phone calls, only to discover that there is little to no authentic alignment between their focus and the needs of a prospective mentee. Featuring intelligent matching options, #movethedial Connect will establish and facilitate productive mentoring relationships based on several criteria, including shared values, interests, passions, and expertise. It will also enable mentees to set goals, track their progress, and gain guidance to prioritize and achieve important milestones.

“Based on my own personal experiences throughout my career, I know that having access to a champion who is generous of spirit and motivated to go out of their way for you has the power to meaningfully change your life. However, finding the right mentor to align to your business goals can be challenging and time consuming for both parties,” said Jodi Kovitz, CEO of #movethedial. “By providing greater access to senior leaders who are intrinsically motivated to mentor and guide women who are aligned with their expertise, #movethedial Connect will serve as a platform to help our rapidly growing movement scale, save time in establishing successful mentorship relationships, and ultimately achieve our collective mission to move the dial and effect substantive change in the tech industry.”

There are currently 85 champions in the #movethedial network and hundreds more across the 10,000 strong community that have expressed an interest in activation. These leaders genuinely want to ‘go out of their way’ to help women in tech gain access to opportunities and ultimately achieve their goals. #movethedial Connect will enable the movement to scale globally by facilitating more productive, authentic relationships while removing the administrative burden and enabling action - one small step at a time, to create big change.

In advance of the 2019 launch of the #movethedial Connect technology platform, industry leaders that want to become champions and women who are looking to establish a mentorship relationship can sign up for early access and participate in the Connect development and pilot community at movethedial.com/connect.

#movethedial Global Summit

The launch of #movethedial Connect is both timely and relevant given the overwhelming success of the highly anticipated #movethedial Global Summit taking place today in Toronto at Koerner Hall at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning; and the #movethedial Global Summit Youth Experience for youth (ages 14 to 24) across all genders with an interest and passion for STEM, taking place this morning at the Masonic Temple.

As Canada’s first diversity Summit, it is bringing together 800 executives and emerging leaders from across the technology and business ecosystem, and 200 youth – all of which share a deep interest in technology, innovation. The event aims to inspire and empower attendees to unlock Canada’s potential as the most inclusive technology ecosystem in the world.

The Summit’s highly diverse roster of insightful and inspiring speakers represent many of the world’s leading tech companies. The thoughtfully curated agenda features 50 executives, tech founders, funders, and youth – the majority of which are women, half are people of colour, and includes members of the LGBTQ community. Speakers will tell their unique stories and share strategies, tools, and best practices to attract, support, and retain women in tech and those across other areas of diversity and inclusion.

“I am so proud and excited by the diversity of thought featured at today’s Global Summit,” said Kovitz. “With this incredible lineup of speakers, we are empowering attendees to “be what they can see”; inspiring them to harness their own potential and recognize how they can #movethedial for themselves and others by using small actions that add up to big change.”

To date, the growth and power of #movethedial to connect people through storytelling has led to an estimated 10,000 people joining the movement across Canada and in the United States. In addition to Toronto, #movethedial has launched in seven markets over the past eight months, including Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York; with plans to make its debut in Europe and Asia in 2019.

#movethedial Global Summit Livestream

The #movethedial Global Summit is being livestreamed thanks to the generous support of Sitecore. For exclusive access to the livestream of the main event, visit movethedial.com/summit.

About #movethedial

#movethedial is a global movement dedicated to increasing the participation and advancement of all women* in tech. To achieve our vision, we deliver high impact programs that are inclusive, build awareness, inspire action, galvanize and amplify collective community and corporate efforts, and encourage young girls to pursue careers in STEM. To date, the growth and power of #movethedial to connect people through storytelling has led to an estimated 10,000 people engaging with the movement across Canada and in the United States, including more than 100 champions and advisors who are leading the way in the technology industry. #movethedial is generously supported by its Founding Partners including BMO, Ceridian, CIBC, League, Munich Re, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP,PwC, TD Bank Group (TD), TWG, and Wealthsimple. For additional information, visit movethedial.com.

With Thanks to #movethedial Global Summit Sponsors

The #movethedial Global Summit and Youth Experience are made possible with generous support from Title Sponsor TD Bank Group (TD); Speaker Sponsor Munich Re; Gold Sponsor Capital One; Welcome Dinner Trailblazer Sponsor RBC; Livestream Sponsor Sitecore; Summit Breakfast Sponsor Valtech; Founders Connect Experience Breakfast Sponsors CIBC, BDC Capital WIT Fund and Rangle.io; Wifi & Charging Station Sponsor eBay; Welcome Dinner Ally Sponsors AutoONE Group, Fenwick & West LLP, GE Canada and Home Trust; Activation Sponsor, Microsoft Surface; Supporting Sponsors Brim Financial, Facebook, Lazaridis Institute, Medcan, Northeastern University Toronto, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, TELUS, Torkin Manes LLP, Torys LLP, Walmart, Architech, Boyden, CanadaStays, Deeth Williams Wall LLP, Desjardins Insurance, Georgian Partners, Globalive Media, goeasy, Kayne Partners, Laivly, League, OMERS Ventures, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), Portag3 Ventures, Power Financial Corporation, Plum, Real Ventures, Rosenzweig & Company, Silicon Valley Bank, StandUp Ventures, TribalScale, Whitecap Venture Partners, Zync, Female Funders, Highline BETA, Paddle HR, and Skylight; Media Partner The Globe and Mail, Outdoor Advertising Sponsor Onestop; and Official Ride Sponsor, Lyft.

*At #movethedial, we seek to support all women-identified people looking to work or advance within the tech and innovation ecosystem.

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