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Mandy
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Empowering Teenage Girls to Become Unstoppable Women

Profile

Mandy Kota is the CEO & Founder of Flourish Girl. Flourish Girl is a preventative mental health program for teenage girls. They currently deliver their programs in schools and run mother-daughter programs across Australia. Mandy is an ex-speech pathologist, TEDx Speaker, Model and an Australian Accredited Facilitator.

Current Work

She recently became named as 2018's Young Social Pioneer from The Foundation for Young Australians. Mandy is the firstsenior female facilitator at The Rites of Passage Institute and is paving the way for their school programs for teenage girls.

Mandy worked alongside leading youth experts such as Hunter Johnson and Dr Arne Rubinstein and within youth-led organisations such as Game Changers Australia and Little Dreamers Australia. To date, Mandy has worked with over 2000 young people across Australia to educate and provide preventative mental health tools for their current and future emotional wellbeing.

Mandy also recently became a model with an aim to bring more cultural diversity into the industry. She hopes to use it as a platform to empower girls, helping them to realise that they don't need to take their clothes off to feel empowered. She has seen become the face of big brands including Supre.

Previous Experience

Speech Pathology: Mandy's passion originated from being a speech pathologist, where she empowered children with a range of communication disorders to find their voice. Towards the end of 2016, Mandy found that the rate of depression, anxiety and eating disorders amongst teenage girls were on a rise. It was in that moment that she found herself shifting her passion and focus towards giving teenage girls a voice and space to become all they can be.

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Expertise
Talking Points

The Hidden Life of a Teenage Girl

After working with 1000s of teenage across Australia. Mandy is going to break down the main insights that girls have when it comes to building their self-confidence, navigating body image, social media and identity issues and creating healthy friendships and relationships, Mandy is bridging the gap between what teenage girls really need by communicating to their respective communities (educators, parents etc) around what they really need to feel empowered.

Diversity in Colour 

Growing up an Australian Sri-Lankan in Sydney, I share my personal experiences from shaming to finally embracing my culture. This will allow people to question, enquiry further and create a deeper sense of cultural identity

Define Beauty on Your Terms 

In today's world, we are surrounded by the typical standards of beauty - white, thin, blonde hair etc. I share my journey from being a woman of colour entering the modeling industry. I share how I've created my own criteria of what it means to be beautiful and I make healthy decisions that align with my values. People will leave this feeling empowered to not follow the crowd and make decisions that make up who you are and not what people want of you.
Topics

Business

  • Diversity & Inclusion

Lifestyle & Wellbeing

  • Mental Health
Feedback
Mandy is highly professional, insightful and a dynamic speaker who was able to harness the power of women truly supporting each other to face their own individual challenges. As a Psychologist anda mother, I highly recommend her. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to share this experience with my teenage daughter and am very grateful for the positive impact it has had on our mother-daughter relationship. Rachel, Mother of a Teenage Girl
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