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
Gabrielle is a lover of the written word, flowers, and the randomness of learning something new. She has an endless curiosity in the power of inspiration and the motivation behind artistic creation and expression. Gabrielle strives to find and share moments of beauty hidden among the everyday. With degrees in literature, fine art, and publishing technology, Gabrielle works in DC as a Product Manager, creating and managing digital platforms and interactive tools for higher education. When she’s not working within the rigid world of product development and implementation, she is painting, looking for live music, and making excuses to cook and bake Italian classics.
"I Girl Talk to help every girl find true conviction in her value and worth. I girl talk to teach young women that their inherent dignity and love draws out and produces beauty. I girl talk because whether simple or grand, beauty always animates the world with hope.
Andrea is the Director of the Montessori Program at Saint Jerome Academy. She graduated cum laude from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family with a Masters in Theological Studies. Eager to offer young children the opportunity to contemplate truth, beauty, and goodness, Andrea is certified in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and received her Association Montessori International Diploma from the Montessori Northwest Institute. In addition to the reading the classics and watching good films, Andrea enjoys being outdoors, playing the piano, and singing.
"I Girl Talk because it’s incredible to be a part of providing college women personal and professional tangible layers of support.
Amanda Tindall is a dedicated educator and current director of the Youth Leadership Foundation’s Program for Academic and Leadership Skills. She attended Hillsdale College, where she studied English and journalism, working at The Washington Post: Express and the Toledo Free Press. She currently directs YLF’s PALS Program, training young professionals and college-aged women to mentor girls in 3rd-12th grade. These women teach them who they are, who they’re meant to be, and help them reach those goals through tutoring, one-on-one mentorship, and character education. When she’s not saving the world, she enjoys horseback riding, diving into Flannery O’Connor, and running marathons.
"I Girl Talk because I believe the relativity of the modern world produces people that cannot relate to each other. I think Girl Talk provides a basis of truth and a common pursuit of what’s good, so that young women can flourish personally and within friendship.
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.