Girls E-Mentorship Innovation

Who We Are

Girls E-Mentorship Innovation (GEM) is a charitable organization that offers an innovative mentorship program for female youth facing multiple barriers. Each year GEM matches a select group of high-achieving diverse young women in Toronto with successful professional women. Through one-on-one mentorship, seminars, and scholarships we help young women reach their full potential and emerge as leaders.

  • GEMinars. GEM hosts monthly workshops (aka GEMinars) for all of our GEMgirls in the education rooms at the Aga Khan Museum. Each workshop is hosted by a guest expert on topics relevant to the girls. See more about our latest GEMinar Now Hiring for Summer and our behind the scenes photos here.


  • INFLUENCERS OF TOMORROW SUMMIT. This year GEM partnered with friend and supporter The Bishop Strachan School to launch the inaugural event, The Influencers of Tomorrow Summit.  10 students from both organizations came together to design the summit and inspire their counterparts from all across Toronto in grades 10-12 to become influencers in their communities. Read more about it in BSS’s publication The Link.

  • GEM ArtBlast. Saturday, April 9th, 20 GEM mentors and mentees have an insiders opportunity to attend the final dress rehearsal of the Canadian Opera Company’s performance of Carmen.  General Director, of the COC, Alexander Neef writes a blog for us about how opera and specifically, Carmen is not only an important piece of work, but how it is still relevant today.

  • NETWORKING. February was all about Networking IRL and GEM called in one of the best in the business to help. Lisa Orr, Etiquette and Protocol Consultant, owner of Orretiquette is a regular guest on CTV’s The Social and Canada AM, helped our GEMgirls become Superhero networkers. Read Lisa’s blog where she shares her best tips for “Networking from High School to Higher Education”. See more photos here.


  • CAREER SPOTLIGHT. GEM mentor Anne Maggissano organized an event at Burgundy Asset Management for 22 GEMgirls. The girls were given the red carpet treatment on the 45th floor of the Brookfield Place Bay Wellington Tower with an interactive session with Private Client Associate Roz Maclean. Learn more about the Career Spotlight from GEM Intern Tabassum Lakhi’s blog post and see photos of the day here.

  • MENTORSHIP. In December we filmed the Chief Commissioner for the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Renu Mandhane, as a part of our women in leadership video series. Our crew left totally inspired. See our behind the scenes photos of our video shoot. More

  • Mentorship. Why we need female mentors who are just starting their careers. In this article Sarah McNeil makes the case that women new to their careers can be great mentors for high-school girls starting to think about their futures. See why.


  • ArtBlast. We had a blast watching the COC’s Opera performance of Carmen April 9th. We had 20 GEMgirls and Mentors to watch the performance and we were treated to a behind the scenes talk at intermission. Read here why Opera is a Connector and the Top 3 reasons Opera is Awesome!


  • GEMgirltalk. Each month our GEM interns write about something that really interests them, or something they are passionate about…and sometimes they just report on the GEMinars. Follow them on Instagram or read our latest blog.