About Gwen Bortner

Speaker / Consultant


Leading a business is one of the most rewarding (and frustrating) things you can do. It comes with incredible highs, and just as incredible lows. It takes constant innovation and invention. Once you hit one milestone, solve one bottleneck, reach one plateau, there’s always another waiting.

And eventually we all hit a bottleneck or a limit that we can’t seem to breakthrough on our own.

When you hit a bottleneck you can’t seem to break through, you try…

  • what worked in the past, but that doesn’t do it.
  • forcing the problem, but that’s just more work.
  • more ads, more inventory, more people, but that gets bloated.
  • a well respected coach, but the payoff isn’t as good as you expected.
  • a highly recommended system, but it doesn’t fit into your organization.
  • a consultant to implement the system better, but there are still too many places it just doesn’t fit.  

Not every business bottleneck can be solved with a straight-out-of-the-box solution. Often the lightbulb moment (that eureka moment when everything comes together to spark a breakthrough) comes from an outside perspective, a different industry, or even a different business model.

But who has compiled a toolbox across industries, and had the time to study and implement different business models?

I do. And I have.

I’m Gwen Bortner, a speaker, trainer, and consultant. I consider myself an idea distiller/thought gatherer/etc and persuasive energizer – I pull insights and ideas from diverse fields and industries, then present a case for making a change, and generate the momentum to see it through.

In a world where being a specialist is often considered the “best choice”, I am a generalist. And if I do say so myself, an exceptional generalist is harder to find and ultimately more valuable than an exceptional specialist.

I have a diverse set of experiences and a wide range of knowledge that I draw from to formulate innovative solutions, present new ideas, and create transformational environments. What this means for you is my “toolbox” is huge. I have multiple ideas and approaches for every situation — it is never a one-size-fits-all answer.

As a highly rated speaker, trainer and consultant, I love to work with my clients to identify problems, develop solutions, boost confidence, and achieve results. My focus is on helping convert ideas into action, translating knowledge into training for others, and increasing confidence through successes both big and small.

Working with all the levels of your organization gives me the opportunity to use the wide variety of tools in my toolbox to energize and invigorate the organization as a whole. But no matter the role I play in your organization, I fundamentally always do the same three things:

  • Identify roadblocks through root cause analysis
  • Develop customized solutions to work within your environment and meet your goals
  • Provide ongoing support and accountability to help make change happen

We’ve all had light bulb moments that we haven’t put into practice, and are worse off for. Let’s make sure those light bulb moments get implemented efficiently.

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My Background

When I left high school my plan was to be a math teacher, but that future was quickly hijacked as I discovered computer programming. With a degree in computer science firmly in hand I worked in the industry for years: running my own consulting company, serving as a senior consultant for Ernst & Young, and ultimately managing the IT Operations department for a competitive phone company. By the time I laid myself off at the dot com down-turn in 2000 (along with dozens of people from my department), I had accomplished many of my career goals and was ready to try something new; so I turned to my life-long hobby of knitting and became a professional knitting instructor (yes — there really is such a thing).

In 2013 I felt called to start using my business and leadership experience to help others find their success. Since that time I continue to teach on the national knitting circuit, but I also speak and consult on the topics of business success and leadership. Whether I’m providing a keynote address to a crowd of 1,000 or consulting one-on-one, empowering people to achieve their own success is what I do best.

For a detailed list of my personal and professional experience click here.

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I love working with Gwen. She has a ton of experience in different industries and positions – it’s obvious she’s bringing all of that information and experience to the conversation when we’re working on my business. She’s an excellent listener and focuses on the data about where my business is currently at. Combine all this together, and I think you can pretty much guarantee that Gwen will have at least one insight that will change how you work. And that alone is worth the call!
Stacey Trock

Owner, FreshStitches