At the heart of Mine The Gap, we mine and bridge gender gaps.

By tapping into existing talent pools, we’ll help you identify expertise and resources within a team or organization. We’ll architect a strategic plan to support a gender-inclusive culture resulting in accelerated company growth, increased revenues, and human resource protections through awareness, training and education.



Mine The Gap analyzes workforce behaviors, reviews policies, and studies leadership, office, or team culture to identify opportunities for growth and balance.

We all have blind spots. Let us help you find identify them within your organization.


We incubate and launch programs to push gender initiatives forward and identify best practices and training tactics to build gender-aware environments and advance women leaders across the globe.

These pilot programs inform our strategies to further improve gender-inclusiveness across private and public sectors, and build a cadre of allies.

Learn more about our current incubated projects.


We will work with you to develop a roadmap that fits the needs and size of your department, business, or organization.  

We’ll identify best practices, curate programs, implement trainings, and advise on tactics to successfully create equilibrium and enhance performance.


The results of building gender-inclusive environments speak for themselves: a happier, more productive workforce leads to long term wins including accelerated company growth and increased revenues.



Founders Jessica N. Grounds and Kristin Haffert have trained, lectured, and presented to hundreds of organizations, universities, and government agencies across the globe.  

Mine The Gap’s work is presented to and impacted by an unparalleled network of influencers, leaders, industry experts, and government executives across more than 120 countries.

Our Founding Team

Mine The Gap co-founders Jessica N. Grounds and Kristin Haffert have dedicated their lives to advancing women leaders throughout the world.  They each embody nearly two decades of experience working in politics, business, and the non-profit sectors.  Through their vast backgrounds, they see the significant and transformative power of gender-aware workforces and leadership structures.  Using their knowledge and expertise, they are helping companies, organizations and governments run more efficiently.  


Jessica N. Grounds


Jessica Grounds is a recognized thought leader in the space of women’s leadership. She was named to Marie Claire's List of 50 Most Influential Women.  She has founded and led multiple organizations to advance women in leadership. 

As the Co-Founder of Mine the Gap, a company that equips leaders, industries, and organizations with the strategy to create and sustain gender-inclusive work environments, she has worked with industry leaders, including, Amazon, National Geographic, and Facebook.  Over the years her work has garnered significant private sector investment from companies including, Walmart, Lockheed Martin, Deloitte, and Google.

Jessica is the Co-Founder and former Executive Director of Running Start, an organization that trains young women to run for elected office.  She led Women Under Forty Political Action Committee (WUFPAC) as president, and served on the Board of Directors for fourteen years. She has advised and consulted hundreds of political candidates and organizations including many of the youngest women in Congress. Leading up to the 2016 presidential election, she served as the Director of Women Ready for Hillary.

She routinely lectures globally about the importance of advancing women’s equity and the barriers to women’s leadership. She has extensive experience internationally working with the U.S. Department of State and international NGO’s. 

Jessica holds Masters in Leadership from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a graduate certificate in Women, Policy, and Political Leadership from the Women & Politics Institute at American University.  She has published cutting-edge research on women’s leadership in Congress and the private sector.  Her work has been profiled in Roll Call, The Hill, NPR, ELLE, Mercury Times, Glamour, National Journal, Washington Post, Politico, Georgetown Business Magazine, Marie Claire, Spike the Watercooler, The Muse, Sage publications, and Forbes. 

In 2018 she was named “40 Under 40” recipient by the American Association of Political Consultants. Campaigns & Elections magazine has recognized her as a Top 50 Political Influencer. Jessica grew up in San Diego, California, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Pepperdine University. She lives in Washington, DC.

Kristin Haffert


Kristin Haffert is an expert in women’s leadership and initiatives to advance gender equality.  She began her career supporting businesses and public-sector clients with grassroots strategies to integrate social justice objectives. For more than two decades, she has conducted research, developed and delivered programs and practical training tools in more than 100 countries in every region of the world.

Kristin’s award-winning work on gender equality, her business acumen and vast global network allows her clients to align their company’s ethos with strategies to grow productivity, including an inclusive workforce. Prior to working in the private sector, she served in senior management and initiated the women and gender equality team at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) which she built from 2002-2009. She has advised international leaders on promoting women in political and civic life in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and North America.  

As a thought leader and speaker on gender and inclusion, she has guided and piloted complex scenarios related to gender and equity – from global corporations to peace negotiations. As Co-Founder at Mine The Gap and as CEO of Haffert Group, she has consulted Fortune 500 companies, governments, UN agencies, global financial institutions and leading philanthropies and non-profitson diversity, equity and inclusion. She has also spearheaded global gender-related initiatives such as the Madeleine K. Albright Grant, Win with Women and iKNOW Politics.

Kristin holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Douglass College, Rutgers University. She provided guidance on educating women about their expanded constitutional rights in post-Apartheid South Africa and has received awards from the Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP) at the Eagleton Institute for Politics and the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) for her dedication to women’s leadership.