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REAL TALK: A dinner for teens by her words

  • Siteworks 33 Saxon Street Brunswick Australia (map)
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What are you most proud of? What do you wish you knew then that you knew now? Who inspires you and what would you tell your younger self? We're asking the big questions and sharing real talk over a delicious dinner and new friends. 

Join us for a fun and inspiring salon style dinner for teen girls and non-binary folk. Enjoy a delicious meal cooked by chef Ella Mittas amongst a new community of friends. Listen to a live Q&A sharing real talk between her words founder Domini Marshall, chef Ella Mittas and, Founder of Flourish Girl Mandy Kota, about their experiences growing up as women - what they struggled with, how they coped, moments to be remembered and important lessons learnt.

All our guests will have the opportunity to ask questions, share their own stories and get to know the speakers and each other in a safe and supportive space. Celebrate women, girls and non-binary folk, and embrace the power of owning your story. (Psst - you'll also walk away with some goodies too!).

We're joining forces with And Also Presents, Code Like a Girl and Ramona Magazine to bring you the ultimate program of two days of learning and inspiration for teen girls and non-binary teens during the school holidays. What better time?! Celebrate the end of two days of fun, inspiration and learning with dinner and real talk.

Things to note:

  • Enjoy a beautiful meal and drinks, and live Q&A, and gift - all included in the ticket price

  • This event is open to teen girls and non-binary folk aged between 13 to 19 yrs.

  • Siteworks is accessible by wheelchair and has accessible, gender-neutral bathrooms.

  •  If you have any further accessibility needs, please email us at

About the speakers

Mandy Kota

Mandy Kota is the CEO & Founder of Flourish Girl. An ex-speech pathologist, TEDx Speaker, Model and an Australian Accredited Facilitator, Mandy is the first-senior female facilitator at The Rites of Passage Institute and is paving the way for their school programs for teenage girls. To date, Mandy has worked with over 1200 young people across Australia. Mandy's passion originated from being a speech pathologist, however towards the end of 2016, Mandy found that the rate of depression, anxiety and eating disorders amongst teenage girls were on a rise and it was in that moment that she found herself shifting her passion and focus towards giving teenage girls a voice. 

Ella Mittas

Ella Mittas had just finished a writing degree when she started working in a kitchen - thinking it would be a fun job and good way to earn money. But like everything else she enjoys in life, once she started cooking it became a total obsession. Her Greek heritage and fascination of traditional foods and cooking styles led her to live and work in Turkey, Greece and Israel, picking up as much diverse knowledge as she possibly could on traditional cooking methods and unusual ingredients. Now, back in Australia, she teaches cooking classes, curates food events and catering, and hosts regular dinners in collaboration with various venues and organisations across Melbourne.

Domini Marshall

Domini Marshall is a writer, director and content producer. She is the founder and director of her words – the Australian web series giving a platform to diverse women’s voices and sharing the stories and experiences of those who identify as women. Her work blends the creative and commercial, authentic and aspirational. As a storyteller, with a deep love of connection, she has worked with brands big and small to help them tell their story and connect with those who matter. With over 9 years experience in content creation, a love of art and design informs Domini’s work. Domini speaks regularly at events and on panels and runs workshops on a variety of topics. She was awarded the Tom Organic Female Empowerment grant for her words, has been featured on the Thinkergirls Podcast and Binge Thinking Podcast, and was accepted as one of the Foundation for Young Australian's Young Social Pioneers in 2016.

And Also Presents is based on the unceded land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. This always was and always will be Aboriginal Land.