Jodi Kovitz

Founder & CEO

Jodi Kovitz is the founder and CEO of #movethedial, a global movement that she launched in January 2017 and is dedicated to advancing the participation and advancement of all women in tech. Leveraging Jodi’s leadership, wealth of experience, pioneering spirit, and passion for advancing the full talent pool in the new economy, #movethedial has attracted more than 85 champions and advisors from throughout North America who are leading the way in the technology industry; has engaged more than 10,000 people through the power of storytelling; and is driving substantive, measurable change.

In 2017, Jodi was recognized by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women; and in 2018 as Women of Influence’s one of Canada’s Top 25 most Powerful Women as one of Adweek’s Toronto Brand Stars. As a member of the SickKids Foundation Capital Campaign Cabinet, Jodi is helping to raise $1.3B to transform children’s health, conceived the first-ever strategy to raise $25M through the tech community, and oversees a team of 25 tech leaders in pursuit of that initiative. Jodi serves on the advisory boards of Brim Financial, Maple, MediSeen, the Lazaridis Scale-Up Program, and Mayor John Tory’s Innovation Council , which has a mandate to build the narrative for Toronto’s tech ecosystem on the global stage. She was also a co-chair of Mayor Tory’s re-election campaign in 2018.

Jodi has an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School and an HBA from Ivey Business School.


Mon, Sept 23

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Tues, Sept 24


10:35am - 10:55am

Main Stage

UN Goal #5: Gender Equality with Jodi Kovitz of #movethedial

We're celebrating 50 years since the lunar landing. The first moonshot launched us into a new horizon of human potential; it created Silicon Valley and gave birth to the tech industry as we know it. Now it’s time to set our sights on a new horizon. This year, Elevate challenges you to think without limits and explore the moonshots that will transform humanity forever.

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Wed, Sept 25

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Thurs, Sept 26


11:25am - 11:40am


Unlocking the full potential of technology through diverse teams

Our current tech and innovation solutions need to serve diverse populations worldwide. As a result, building design teams that reflect this diversity is vital to creating platforms and solutions that are truly inclusive. In this keynote, Jodi Kovitz, CEO of #movethedial, explains why creating teams that foster collaboration and belonging between a variety of identities results in better technology.

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