In 2019, we met with some incredible Dial Movers who are championing women of all identities in the tech and innovation industry.
We decided to look back on the best advice from our Dial Movers to carry with you into a new decade and help you move the dial for yourself and others.
Invest in the communities you want to engage with
“Making changes, especially if you’ve never engaged with Indigenous communities before, is going to require an investment of time, money and resources.”
– Jarret Leaman, Founder of the Centre for Indigenous Innovation and Technology
Learn how to spend your privilege
“I think it’s up to me to continue to find ways to use my voice and my position to elevate those who perhaps don’t enjoy the same platforms that I do.
I encourage people reading this to take the time to check into your own unconscious biases. We all have them! You can take one of the assessments via the Implicit Project.”
– Lisa Bull, VP of Learning Excellence at Ceridian
Be your own best advocate
“Sometimes, women can struggle with advocating for themselves and being in charge of their own PR. Women tend to give credit across multiple stakeholders, and sometimes this comes at their own expense.”
– Nora Curic, Senior Director, Business Management & Enablement
Find mentors (yes more than one!)
“I'm black and a woman in an industry that is still grappling with diversity, so I've found that finding mentors in the industry who I can go to for advice and share my experiences with has been incredibly beneficial. Another unexpected benefit of having a mentor (or even community of supportive people) is that you realize you're not alone.
The challenges I've overcome are often not that different from those that other women like me have experienced in this sector.”
– Takara Small, Founder of VentureKids Canada and technology journalist.
Embrace the fact there is no such thing as perfect and be vulnerable
“You’re supposed to have everything together – be a great home-maker, Marie Kondo your home, and also kill it at work and know what to do in every situation.
I try to be extremely transparent about what I’m still figuring out and what I’m anxious about so that my mentees feel confident sharing with me.”
– Hilary Coles, Co-Founder at Hers
Work on company culture
“You can hire diversely all you want, but if people come here and don’t see themselves reflected in leadership or don’t feel included, we’re going to lose them or not leverage their full talent,”
– Jessica Brcko, Diversity and Inclusion Lead & Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition and Employer Brand
Stop projecting your misconceptions
“Increase your empathy and your ability to listen to communities that you might not be familiar with. I would say when it comes to the individual, it’s investing in them and investing in understanding and demystifying it for other people.”
– CG Chen, Founder, Ample Labs