Girl Talk's Teen Advisory Board is a collection of Girl Talk's most inspiring & influential high school Leaders.  These girls have been chosen to participate in a unique leadership experience which gives them engagement in, and an insider’s view of, the functioning of our organization, exposes them to the board rooms and leaders of some of Atlanta’s finest companies, and allows them to develop value as ambassadors for Girl Talk and important members of the team that is working to make our program possible for girls across the country.  On behalf of the Girl Talk Team and Chapters everywhere, we congratulate these wonderful girls on this distinct honor! 

The Girl Talk Teen Advisory Board would like to thank the following companies for generously opening your board rooms and the female executives from each company who shared their wisdom.

Thank You Coca-Cola

Thank You Home Depot

Thank You Microsoft

Thank You UPS

 Thank You InterContinental Hotels Group

 Thank You Popeyes

Thank You Commerce Club

 


Natalie Clark
President

Natalie is a senior at Dunwoody High School who has been involved with girl talk for six years. She became involved with Girl Talk through the summer camp, Project Inside Out. A camper for two years and a counselor four, Natalie loves returning to camp every year and fostering healthy relationships. Natalie is a big believer in giving back to the community. Because Girl Talk helped her become the confident, happy, powerful woman she is today; she wants the opportunity to help grow other girls like Girl Talk helped her grow. Natalie loves to play the guitar and sing, as well as write her own songs and poetry. Outside of school, Natalie practices yoga and meditation and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Natalie is also the co-editor-in-chief of her yearbook and the president of the Girl Talk Teen Advisory Board. She also donates her time to a local mission group which helps underprivileged children in Guatemala called Mike's Angels. On Fridays after school, you can find Natalie tutoring local elementary school children in Spanish. Natalie’s goal is to graduate with her Bachelors from the University of Georgia in Journalism and then pursuing a career in freelance writing.


Emerson Shuster
Vice President

Emerson Shuster is a 12th grader at Rivers Academy. In her free time she loves photography, volunteering, being a part of her Temple’s Youth Group and religious school and being a part of Girl Talk. Emerson has volunteered at places such as the Georgia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Fur Kids. Along with being on Girl Talk’s Teen Advisory Board, Emerson holds a leadership position on her Temple’s Youth Group board as Social Action Vice President. Emerson believes that Girl Talk is highly important because it impacted her life by giving her confidence and a safe place to be herself. She deeply desires to give back and create the safe space for others that Girl Talk gave to her. A fun fact about Emerson is that she has seen 24 bands in concert!


Darya Khani
Secretary

Darya Khani is an alpha omega and is a senior at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School. Darya, also known as Persian Princess or DJ Khani, enjoys the many leadership roles she posses in and out of school. Not only has she been elected to be on the Student Diversity Leadership Council at Holy Innocents, but also the Community Service Board were she plans the community service projects the school will partake in. She plays soccer and runs cross country and volunteers at Horizon's, which is a non-profit that helps under priveleged kids learn to read, write and understand math concepts. In Darya's free time you can find her shopping and/or blogging about her fashion, fitness, food, and travel tips!  Darya initially began Girl Talk as a nervous and anxious 6th grader. Girl Talk is non profit peer to peer organization has impacted her life immensely. Not only has it taught her to be confident, but also to be true to herself! In Darya's eyes, Girl Talk is an exceedingly proactive organization that truly considers everyones' circumstance and story and helps better themselves. 


Alexa Shuster

Alexa is a 9th grader at North View High School. She is involved with various clubs at school and volunteers at her temple as a teacher's assistant. She has been involved with Girl Talk for 5 years - 4 years as a camper at Girl Talk's summer camp called Project Inside Out, and 1 year as a counselor. Girl Talk is important to Alexa because it has really helped her through her middle school years. It helped her learn how to deal with situations at school. Being so strongly influenced as a middle schooler, Alexa decided she wanted to give back in the same way. A fun fact about Alexa is that she is really creative, likes to paint and loves Grey's Anatomy.


Alisha Kongara

Alisha Kongara is an 11th grader at Woodward Academy. She is involved in playing lacrosse, a community service club called Woodward Serves, and she is a member of Peer Leadership, a program dedicated to helping freshman transition into high school. Girl Talk is important to Alisha because she believes that the greatest confidence in oneself is attained by helping others. A member of the Girl Talk community since her freshman year of high school, Girl Talk has helped her grow as a student, leader, and individual. A fun fact about Alisha is she was in a trending Buzzfeed article. 


Caroline Cuthbertson

Caroline has loved Girl Talk for many years ever since she joined it as a fifth grader. Girl Talk has impacted Caroline in so many ways for example learning how to deal with many things regarding middle school and how you can be the bigger person in any situation. Caroline is in tenth grade at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School and is a part of the girl talk chapter at Mount Vernon. Caroline plays volleyball and loves to help out the community in any way she can. She has been a counselor at the Girl Talk camp for one year and it taught her a lot about what it means to be a leader. Caroline loves Girl Talk and everything they do! 


Courtney Kloor

Courtney is a senior at Hebron Christian Academy, where she started her Girl Talk Chapter Hebron Middle School Girl Talk. She has also started, and is president of her school Beta Club. Through Beta Club she has been able to volunteer through many organizations including CURE Childhood Cancer, Special Olympics, and Relay for Life. She has a Heart for children, and is a nanny for a boy with special need. She has been a competitive figure skater for the last 12 years and loves preforming. She loves that Girl Talk gives her the opportunity to reach out and mentor middle school girls through one of the toughest times in their life’s. She has been able to see the good that Girl Talk can do in in these girls lives, and wants to continue to see girls grow and become more confident in who they truly are and know that they can accomplish anything.


Hanna Meyers

Hanna Meyers is a senior at The Galloway School. She started her school's Chapter, Galloway Girl Talk (GGT), and is an active, passionate Leader. Hanna has attended Project Inside Out (PIO) camp since she was a rising sixth grader, and after being a camp counselor for three summers, she became one of the Co-Lead Counselors at PIO. She is fully committed to Girl Talk, attending as many events as possible and volunteering in the office over the summer. When she is not at a Girl Talk-related event, Hanna is a dedicated student athlete; she has played singles on Galloway's Varsity Girls' Tennis team all four years and continues to play year round. Girl Talk is important to Hanna because it made her the person she is today; before Girl Talk, Hanna was a shy, quiet girl who rarely spoke up for herself, but Girl Talk boosted her confidence and helped her find her voice. A fun fact about Hanna: in the fall and winter seasons, she is a tennis coach to a handful of adorable six-and-under kids!


Jessica Taetle

Jessica Taetle is a senior at The Galloway School, and a Leader in Galloway Girl Talk. Her extracurricular activities include being a theater technician, kickboxing, and hiking around Atlanta. By becoming a Leader and counselor, Girl Talk influenced Jessica to be more open with people about her feelings how to connect to those girls in particular need of mentorship. She has more confidence and is more willing to be herself than ever before. She consistently volunteers at FurKids as well. Over the summer, she completed a NOLS course in Wyoming, being the youngest member of her course, and won the William and Mary Leadership Award last year at her school.  In her free time, Jessica is a member of the technical theater crew at her school. She spends hours every day afterschool building the sets using power tools and saws.


Katie Pleiss

Katie Pleiss is in 12th grade and currently attends the Galloway School. She is a founder and Leader in the Galloway Girl Talk Chapter. She has played piano for eleven years and also is a member of her school debate team. Katie is a member of the Giving Point Institute where she is implementing a tutoring program for middle school girls. Through her involvement with Girl Talk, Katie has recognized the importance of mentorship. She has gained confidence, leadership skills, and a passion for community service. She loves to collect vinyl records and currently has over 30 albums!


Kelsey Sullivan

Kelsey is a 9th grader at Mill Springs Academy. She is heavily involved with her church – Northpoint Community Church – and is a small group leader for a group of second grade girls there. She also enjoys spending her spare time at KK’s Club hanging out with children. Girl Talk is important to Kelsey because she values being able to talk about the issues surrounding early teenage years. Her self-confidence has grown tremendously because of her involvement and she no longer fears that she will be judged by other girls. Kelsey loves to brag that she has been using Apple technology, including iPads and iPhones, like a pro since a very young age. Kelsey is so excited to serve as a member of the Teen Advisory Board!


Lily Guthrie

Lily Guthrie is a senior at The Galloway School. She is the Vice President of The Galloway School, President of The Improv Club, Creative Director of the school's publication, a member of GivingPoint, and a leader of the Galloway Girl Talk chapter. She also participates in Galloway's chorus and dance ensemble, and has been in five of the school's theatrical productions. In college, she is interested in pursuing either theatre, writing, or business. Lily is passionate about music, and she sings and plays both violin and a little bit of guitar. In her free time, Lily likes to hang out with her friends and family, write poetry and short stories, listen to music, visit museums, and watch comedy shows.


Raina Gars

Raina Gars is currently a senior at Pope High School. She first got involved with Girl Talk when attending the “LeadHERship” weekend retreat. The supportive staff, friendly environment, and peer leaders she got to meet opened a doorway into an organization she knew she had to be a part. She is also on the Youth Ambassadors team with 21st Century Leaders, co-choreographer for her chorus spring show, and is on the Social Chair for her choir. Some of her favorite activities include dancing, writing poetry, and volunteering with awesome organizations like Girl Talk! Something unique about her is that she follows astrology with Taurus as her sun sign and Cancer as her moon sign. She is very honored and excited to be a part of the 2016-2017 Teen Advisory Board!



Setareh Khani

Setareh Khani is a 9th grader at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School. She is a high school Leader at The Holy Innocents' Girl Talk Chapter. Setareh plays volleyball in the fall and soccer in the spring. She tutors at-risk students from ages 6 to 11 years old at a nonprofit organization called The Sandy Springs Mission. This past year Setareh was The Middle School Student Council President at Holy Innocents'. Girl Talk is important to her because she is passionate about providing advice and information to girls all over the world that she never had as a middle school girl. She truly desires to make a difference in girl's lives. Setareh loves to travel and learn about new cultures. She has traveled more out of the United States than in the United States.



Zoë Fort

Zoë Ariana Fort is a senior at The Atlanta Girls School where she maintains a 3.9 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars, serves on the Yearbook Staff and mentors middle school girls through the “Chick Chat” Girl Talk program. She sings in chorus and is on the Varsity Track & Field team. In her spare time, she enjoys spoken-word poetry, acoustic guitar, and performing magic. Girl Talk is important to Zoë because it has continually made a difference in her life since in sixth grade. She loves giving back to an organization that has done so much for her personally. Zoë spent the summer of 2016 teaching in Shanghai, China, serving as a delegate at Brandeis University’s Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine, and matriculating through the National Coalition Building Institute’s Leadership for Diversity Institute in Washington, DC. She plans to attend John Hopkins Medical School after four-year university, with the goal of becoming a pediatric oncologist.