On December 7th, we invite the Toronto tech community to join us for a panel discussion to talk about how men can be part of the solution to end sexual assault and harassment, not just in the tech sector but in all the spaces that we inhabit. We all have something at stake in creating safe and equitable workplaces, and good policies only go so far. On a daily basis, there are things that we, as men in particular, can do too.
6:00pm — Arrival and mingling
6:30pm — Panel discussion begins
Moderator: Saadia Muzaffar
Saadia Muzaffar is a Leadership Futurist, tech entrepreneur, and founder of Techgirls Canada, the hub for Canadian women in science, technology, engineering, and math. Her work explores big ideas and impactful strategies that address growing challenges for business leaders in today's connected & vigilant markets. She is an author, speaker, and international media advocate on modern leadership and has been featured in CNNMoney, Fortune Magazine, Globe & Mail, VICE, CBC, TVO, and Chatelaine. Recently Saadia and her team released Change Together: A Diversity Guidebook for Startups and Scaleups
Chris Eben — Managing Partner TWG (http://twg.io)
David O'Leary — Board Member of Parker P Consulting, White Ribbon's consulting arm.
Ryan Spelliscy — Founder of Juliet and of the #20MinuteofAction4Change campaign
Johnathan Nightingale — Founder of Raw Signal
7:30pm — Q & A
8:00pm — Mingling/ Networking and reflection
More on why we decided to create an event around this important topic:
Was there a moment when you saw a #MeToo on one of your social feeds and it made your stomach flip? Maybe it was written by a woman that you know and love, maybe it was just the sheer number of revelations that made to pause and think.
In the wake of the Weinstein scandal, millions of women around the world responded to the call to use the hashtag #MeToo, to say they had experienced assault or harassment. The pace and reach of the hashtag was remarkable, as was the next twist in the story…
For the first time, in a meaningful way, men began to weigh in and reflect on their role in ending sexual and assault of women and girls. The hashtags #IWill started to pop up reflecting men’s awakening to the powerful way that their everyday actions can contribute to equality and empathy at work, at home and in the world at large.
Though it is the film industry that has created this zeitgeist moment that we are all reckoning with, the same issues of sexual harassment and assault occur in every workplace around the world. The Technology sector in particular has had their own “Weinstein” moments in the last 12 months: “The Google memo”, the systemic sexual harassment problems at Uber, Dave McClure’s sexual harassment of female colleagues and entrepreneurs and the list goes on. So what gives? Isn’t this kind of thing the reason why we have HR departments? It turns out that’s not enough.
— TWG is making a small number of tickets available at no charge to persons for whom economic circumstances would prevent from otherwise attending. Please send your name and a short note to [email protected]
Special thanks to Shopify for their sponsorship of this event!