Girl Talk Mentors provide both personal and professional support to the Campus Ambassadors in the Girl Talk Institute through authentic friendship, guidance, and example. Mentors meet with the Ambassadors, support the students as they develop their Coffeehouse stories, and encourage them to be the best versions of themselves!
“The Girl Talk Mentor Program perfectly completes the idea of Girl Talk as a sisterhood. All the mentors are these amazing young adults who are there to help you really dive into the message of Girl Talk and succeed with your professional and personal goals, and somehow I got lucky enough to paired with someone who matches my personality so well. My mentor, Mary, has become the most incredible friend, big sister, role model, support, and guide for me in this past year! I'm so, so grateful to Girl Talk for all the relationships it has created for me and the community it's surrounded me with.” —Catherine Olohan, 2017-2018 Campus Ambassador
Mary is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where she majored in political science and philosophy. While at the University of Notre Dame, Mary played basketball for the Fighting Irish and was part of the 2010-2011 National Championship Runner-Up team. After graduation, Mary received her Masters in Education from Notre Dame through the Alliance for Catholic Education. Mary has taught high school and middle school and has founded a non-profit for adults with special needs. In 2016, Mary became the Director of Life Issues for the Archdiocese of Washington where she currently works to provide educational, public policy, and catechetical materials surrounding the life issues.
Elise Crawford Gallagher
Elise is the Founder and CEO of RINGLET, a digital marketing agency for women owned businesses based in Washington, D.C. Elise graduated with her Masters in Communication from Johns Hopkins University in 2014 with concentrations in digital marketing and public relations.
With a desire to create more resources for women entrepreneurs in the D.C. area, Elise started RINGLET in 2016. RINGLET is not only a marketing agency but the first marketing agency in Washington, DC to work solely with women-owned businesses. In three years, RINGLET has grown from a one-person, self-funded start-up to a company with five employees. RINGLET has worked with close to one hundred small businesses in website development, digital marketing campaigns and branding. Her favorite aspect of Girl Talk is the sisterhood that each member is welcomed into when they became a part of the Girl Talk community.
Mary is a native Texan who loves living in Washington, DC. She holds a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a National Certified Counselor. She has applied her counseling background to several universities including Georgetown, University of Houston, and currently The Catholic University of America. As she is incredibly passionate about working one on one with people, Mary finds meeting with students in career coaching meetings very fulfilling. When not connecting with students, she enjoys running, journaling, and dancing.
"I Girl Talk because I believe women have a responsibility to empower one another and can do so through honest conversation and intentional mentorship.
I might be the oldest person involved with Girl Talk!
Bill and I have been married for 46 years. We have nine children and twenty-four grandchildren. We raised our family in Arlington, MA, just west of Boston and lived there for forty years before coming to DC. Who knows where we will be for the next forty! I was introduced to Girl Talk through my husband. He met Julie through The Catholic University of America when she was in the MSBA program. He loved her idea of Girl Talk and so do I. We also love the people who she has helping her.
“I Girl Talk because Girl Talk understands that we are all different but that there are more similarities than differences. We all need to help each other.”
Kathleen is a joyful mother of four from Lawrenceville, New Jersey, whose nurturing extends far beyond her home. A graduate of Rutgers University, Kathleen worked in public relations before raising her family full-time. Although her nest is now empty, the nurturing continues. Connecting with women of all ages feeds her soul; helping them to find their way, discover their purpose, and grow into their best selves is her passion. Through her stories and experiences, she shares the life lessons she has learned. Kathleen loves sharing inspirational quotes, writing, cooking large feasts for her family, and doing small things with great love.
“I Girl Talk because I believe we women are called to share our stories and to share the wisdom we have learned. We all need a safe place to land, where we can be honest and real and Girl Talk provides that.”
Maureen is a wife and mother of four who lives in Potomac, Maryland. Maureen is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Southern Connecticut. After graduating from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA , Maureen worked at Morgan Stanley & Co., in New York City as an Institutional Equity Sales associate. After the birth of her first child, Maureen resigned from her career on Wall Street to work full time at home as a wife and mother. Maureen has spent the last 25 years doing volunteer work for her church, her children’s schools, and her community. Maureen and her husband John have been married for 31 years.
“I Girl Talk because I believe communication and friendship contribute to the dignity, flourishing and self confidence for all women. I am honored to be part of it all!”
Ginny is a wife and mother who remembers well the stresses of college life and young adulthood. She loves to encourage young women to draw their strength from a close relationship with God, the One who knows all of their flaws and yet loves them perfectly. Ginny has been a coordinator for high school girls’ leadership groups and a facilitator for ENDOW groups (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women). She holds a masters degree in counseling and certification in school counseling. She and her family live in University Park, MD.
“I Girl Talk because I want every woman to recognize her dignity and unique beauty. I love how Girl Talk encourages authenticity in friendships.”