Mandy Kota is a 26 year old social entrepreneur, facilitator and model who is passionate about empowering teenage girls to be their full expressive selves in today’s world.
Mandy has always been passionate about giving young people a voice and that’s why she used to be a speech pathologist for over 2 years back in Sydney, where she worked closely with children from 0-12 years old who experienced a range of communication difficulties (Stuttering, language delays, speech sound disorders etc.
In mid 2016, Mandy found herself questioning her career as a speech pathologist and discovered how she wanted to empower teenage girls, but didn’t know how. From here, she launched a social media platform called Twnty Something - which was all about igniting the light in teenage girls by encouraging them to choose community over competition. This evolved to a blog to now a Melbourne based initiative.
Twnty Something has over 9K followers on instagram where they get access to daily empowering content, and they also facilitate safe spaces across Melbourne to normalise conversations in schools around topics such as social media, body image, friends, sex and dating.
On top of this, Mandy is a model that is changing the way the industry works. She want to be a voice in the modelling industry that shows how there is so much beauty in our values over our appearances. She believes that in order to change culture, we need to start at where it’s happening and the modelling industry is where i feel a lot of girls are getting mixed messages about what beauty should be.
The kind of message she wants to spread to teenage girls are a couple:
Our values are so much more important than our appearance
We have the power to say no to something that doesn’t align with our values
You don’t need to take your clothes off to feel empowered.
Her vision is to see a generation of teenage girls that are able to fully step into their power and know that they can make healthy choices that align with their values and to not be influenced by what the world tells them they should look like.
Previous Speaking Engagements
Your Own Journey - ‘Growth Mindsets’ (Facilitator)
TEDxUniMelb Speaker (Keynote Speaker)
Ruyton Girls Grammar - Q&A Panel
Bialik College - ‘Frenemies’ - Wellbeing Day (Facilitator)
Camberwell Girls Grammar - Shaping Your Future (Panel w/ Sheree Rubinstein & Jan Owen)
Camberwell Girls Grammar - Enterprise Week (Facilitator)
Game Changers Australia & Bendigo Bank - Your Community Bank Sports Leadership Program (Facilitator)
Game Changers Australia & Whittlesea City Council - Leadership Whittlesea Program (Facilitator)
FABSOC Monash University - ‘How to Slay it on Social Media’ (Keynote speaker/ Facilitator)
Wodonga Community Leadership Program - Seed to Lead Workshop (Facilitator)
Little Dreamers Australia - Mindfulness and Growth Mindsets (Facilitator)
Bialik College - ‘Healthy Relationships’ - Wellbeing Day (Facilitator)
Stand Up - ‘Fruitful Relationships’ - Wellbeing Day (Facilitator)
Women’s Collective Uni Society - 'A Criteria to Confidence' University of Melbourne (Facilitator)