September 18, 2019

BridgingTheGap to Youth Forum

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The BridgingTheGap to Youth Forum connects emerging young leaders with decision-makers—from business, government and community sectors—to bridge opportunity gaps and co-create solutions to the challenges they face.

BridgingTheGap Forums strive to ensure the voices of future leaders are present, which includes those from marginalized and minority groups—such as youth from low-income areas, Indigenous Peoples, rural areas and young women—who may currently face access barriers, to give them a platform to be heard, share their ideas and develop their skills.

Empowering a Global Conversation

BridgingTheGap Forums is proud to partner with the Global People’s Summit to present the 2019 BridgingTheGap to Youth Forum around the 74th United Nations General Assembly to a global audience.

The Global People’s Summit is an initiative organized by the Humanity Lab Foundation and the United Nations Office of Partnerships to make the United Nations, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and global decision-making more accessible for all. The 2018 Global People’s Summit had participation from 174 countries, Global People’s Hubs in 44 countries, 26 remote interviews and a global online reach of 100 million.

By leveraging new technology and digital media with the Global People’s Summit, our 2019 BridgingTheGap to Youth forum will be live-streamed around the world—creating an opportunity for emerging leaders, regardless of their location, to directly engage with key decision-makers, world leaders and influencers—and putting the ideas of young people at the center of critical discussions that shape the future.


Anna Blue

Co-Executive Director, GirlUp,
UN Foundation

Ursula Wynhoven

ITU Representative to the
United Nations, New York

Kelly Lovell

Founder BridgingTheGap Forums
and CEO, Lovell Corporation

More Decision-makers from

Media Influencers

Frankie J. Grande

LGBTQ+ Activist, Performer and Reality TV Personality


Producer and Singer/Songwriter

Corey Dixon

Actor and Mental Health

Meg DeAngelis

Fashion and Lifestyle YouTuber

Richard Walters


Adelaine Morin

YouTuber and Makeup Artist

Anthony Preston

LGTBQ+ Activist and
Co-Chief Creative Officer,
A2 Music Productions

Industry Leaders

Mo Gawdat

Former Chief Business Officer Google [X] and Author, Solve for Happy

Danna Pratte

Founder and CEO
Nutritional Brands

Hazami Barmada

Global People's Summit

Naveen Jain

Vice Chairman, Singularity University and Founder/CEO, Viome

Aminka Belvitt

Founder/CEO Wofemtech Solutions Inc. and
SAP Next-Gen Partner

Jerald Barnes

Global Director of Community Relations, UPS Foundation

Sarah Chapman

Director and National Lead, Sustainability and Social Impact at Deloitte

Young Changemakers

Rachel Parent

Founder of Kids Right to Know
and Gen-Earth

Manu Goswami

CEO and Co-Founder of Trufan Inc.

Fatima Zaman

CVE Advocate at Kofi Annan
Foundation & Obama Scholar

Vivian Leung

Education Coordination Officer

Wali Shah

Poet and Speaker

William Zhou

CEO of Chalk
and Forbes 30 Under 30

Come Network in-Person

Escape the hectic pace of the city and enjoy the relaxing, panoramic shores of the historic Toronto Island Clubhouse of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC).

One of a Kind Toronto Location
Networking with Speakers
Gourmet Catering

Programming at a Glance

Morning Topics

  • Remaining Future Ready in a Time of Rapid Change and Transition
  • Digital Inclusion: Technology Innovation and Future Skills
  • Masterclass: Solve for Happy
  • Power of Purpose: Brands and the SDGs
  • Masterclass: Futurism and State of the World

Afternoon Topics

  • Youth as a Catalyst of Change: A Discussion with United Nations Decision-Makers
  • Reimagining Education and the Future of Work
  • Youth Empowerment for Climate Action
  • Gender Equity: Moving beyond acceptance to create inclusive
  • Health and Wellbeing in the Digital Age
  • Human Rights and Peace
  • Social Justice and Entertainment


Curated keynotes to open perspectives and offer nuggets of wisdom you can apply in your life.

Leadership Panels

Cross-cutting conversations with a mix of industry experts, media influencers and young changemakers under 30 working towards the same cause.


One-on-one interviews with interactive Q&A with influential decision-makers and world leaders.

Candid intergenerational conversations helps challenge assumptions and discuss what is needed to build a more inclusive, sustainable future for all.

Interested? Join us on Sept 18th!

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 for a chance to gain new skills and leadership experiences.


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


C-suite leadership from the nation’s top employers and purpose-driven brands who want to lend their stature and expertise.

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One hundred emerging leaders under the age of 30 will be selected to attend this exclusive event. Nominations 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.

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