BridgingTheGap to Her


BridgingTheGap to Her

To get ahead and respond to the changes in society, it's crucial to evaluate how the internet of things and globalization are transforming the workplace.

The BridgingTheGap™ to Her Forum brings this 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. Our inaugural event was at THEMUSEUM in Kitchener-Waterloo, on Oct 10, 2018.

Apply to win a cash
investment to scale your venture

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.

Sample Agenda

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. 

Innovation Mastermind

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.

The Passion Pitch

How to position your pitch as a female founder and overcome challenges to secure investment.

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

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

Past Speakers

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Kelly Lovell

Founder of BridgingTheGap Forums, 3x TEDx Speaker & Queen's Young Leader

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Millie Marshall

President of Toyota Manufacturing Indiana, Inc.

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Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

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Brenda Halloran

Board Chair, Startup Canada & Former Mayor of Waterloo

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Feridun Hamdullahpur

President & Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo

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Julie Smithson

COO, MetaVRse & Co-Chair VRARA Education Committee

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Carolyn Van

Director, Program Design, Canada Learning Code

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Bonnie Schmidt

President & Founder, Let's Talk Science

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Deborah MacLatchy

President & Vice-Chancellor, Wilfrid Laurier University

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Stephania Varalli

Co-CEO & Head of Media, Women of Influence Inc.

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Nancy Vonk

Marketing Hall of Legends winner & Co-Founder, SWIM

Alexandra Beth

YouTube lifestyle vlogger, Alexandra's Girly Talk

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Brandi Veil

Founder & CEO, Being Investments Company

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Beverly Altberg

National President to the Board, Lean In Canada & CMO, Shyft Network

Nominate an Emerging Leader to Attend

Do you know a passionate woman entrepreneur or young professional looking to build their career? One hundred emerging leaders under the age of 35 will be selected to attend this exclusive event. Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis and will close on December 28 at 11:59 PM EST.

Become a Partner

Join the The BridgingTheGap™ Alliance (BTG Alliance) to receive priority invites to attend forums, speaker opportunities to profile your leadership on panels and early nominations for your members to apply. The BTG Alliance provides a platform for partners to form new multi-sector collaborations and strengthen their network with the support of like-minded organizations that have a vested interest in supporting young talent, inclusive innovation and sustainable development.

Organizing Partners

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Bring a Forum to Your Region

The BridgingTheGap™ Forums provide quality leadership interaction and branded content opportunities tailored to your needs. With specially curated programming development, hand-picked speaker rosters and attendee recruitment, BTG Forums offer a cost-effective event activation with proven results. Contact us to learn more!