BridgingTheGap to Her Forum


The BridgingTheGap to Her Forum brings the next generation perspective to the global gender dialogues—exploring the challenges and opportunities—for emerging women leaders under the age of 35 to build successful careers and lead innovation.
BridgingTheGap Forums are designed to connect emerging young talent with influential executive mentors and impact investors. All BTG to Her attendees are given an opportunity to apply for one-on-one business meetings and participate in our live pitch challenge. Finalists will be invited to pitch live for investment at the forum to an executive leadership panel.
Our programming can be tailored for an in-person or virtual experience—contact us if you’re interested in bringing the BridgingTheGap to Her Forum to your community.


Executive Forum

Morning Keynotes and Panels

Hear from accomplished women CEOs and young female founders on the challenges and opportunities they faced in building their career with candid advice from their experience on how attendees can get started.


Exploring frontier technologies like AI, Blockchain, VR/AR—and how women can scale up their impact to become leaders in innovation.

Building a Successful Brand Without Burning Out

The challenges young women face establishing their careers in the age of social media and the “always on” economy.

Candid Career Conversations with Women in Leadership

Insights with live Q&A from women in decision–making roles on how to rise to the top and lead transformation.

Scale Up

Afternoon Pitch Challenge

Celebrate the talent of young women entrepreneurs and see how they are turning their passion into purpose during our live pitch presentations.

Unlike standard pitch challenges, BridgingTheGap pitches offer everyone a chance to win. While the top pitch will receive a cash prize, every female founder that participates still has opportunity to receive serious consideration for investment based on the merit of their venture.

Past Prizes Included

  • Winning Pitch – $3,500 cash investment
  • Wildcard Audience Pick – $1,000 cash investment
  • One–on–one business meetings – everyone can apply!

Take action

Nominate An Emerging Leader To Attend

Do you know a passionate young leader under 30 looking to build their career, pursue innovation or entrepreneurship? Nominations for future BridgingTheGap Forums are open and accepted on a rolling basis. Emerging leaders only need to be nominated once, and as such, additional nominations will not increase their likelihood of being selected.

Join the BridgingTheGap Alliance

We’re a global coalition of youth-focused organizations and industry leaders dedicated to creating pathways for the next generation to thrive.

Members of the Alliance receive exclusive tickets to future BridgingTheGap Forums, Youth Innovation Masterminds and partner events, as well as spotlight your thought leadership with speaker and mentor opportunities.

The Experience

Come network in-person. We make sure to host our forums in unique venues! We move away from the traditional stuffy conference hotel rooms and into beautiful spaces that inspire great dialogue. Our 2019 BridgingTheGap to Youth Forum was hosted on the historic Toronto Island Clubhouse of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC).

Join Us

Young People 15-30

Every forum, we reserve 100 spots for emerging young leaders to attend and network with industry mentors


Apply to volunteer for guaranteed attendance, and a chance to gain new skills and leadership experiences


Influential youth-led organizations, charitable foundations, academia and public sector representatives


C-suite leadership from top employers and purpose-driven brands who want to lend their stature and expertise

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Past Speakers

Headshot of Beverly Altberg

Beverly Altberg

National President to
the Board

Lean In Canada

headshot of Mille Marshell

Millie Marshall

President of Toyota Mortor Manufacturing Indiana, Inc


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Bardish Chagger

Government House Leader

Member of Parliament

headshot of Brenda Halloran

Brenda Halloran

Board Chair & Former Mayor of Waterloo

Startup Canada

Headshot of Stephania Varailli

Stephania Varalli

Co-CEO & Head of Media

Women of Influence Inc.

Headshot of Feridun Hamdullahpur at the University of Waterloo

Feridun Hamdullahpur

President & Vice-Chancellor

University of Waterloo

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Julie Smithson



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Carolyn Van

Director, Program Design

Canada Learning Code

Headshot of Nancy Vonk looking straight into the camera with a power look

Nancy Vonk

Marketing Hall of Legends winner & Co-Founder


Official photo of Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Lieutenant Governor
of Ontario

Representative of
Queen Elizabeth II

headshot of Deborah Maclatchy

Deborah MacLatchy

President & Vice-Chancellor

Wilfrid Laurier University

Headshot of Kelly Lovell

Kelly Lovell

Founder of BridgingTheGap Forums & Queen's Young Leader

Lovell Corporation

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Brandi Veil

Founder & CEO

Being Investments Company

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Bonnie Schmidt

President & Founder

Let's Talk Science

Alexandra Beth

Lifestyle vlogger, Alexandra's Girly Talk


Past Partners

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