Mentor Speak


MENTOR SPEAK • STEPHANI VICTOR • PARALYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST, ALPINE SKIING

“In True Fashion is clearly making a difference in the lives of these teens in terms of building valuable skills to use not only in business, but in life. As a guest speaker, I was moved and inspired by what the students shared with me after my presentation. They are creative, deep feeling and motivated individuals who are grateful for the opportunities the program is providing them.”


MENTOR SPEAK • JASON FELTS • CEO, VIRGIN PRODUCED

“To experience a room full of such young entrepreneurial spirit was inspiring. It’s not often you find yourself in a situation where you are asked to speak as a mentor and leave the situation feeling that you gained more than you gave. The students are such sponges. Feed them well.”


MENTOR SPEAK • STEVE SCHIMMEL • FOUNDING BUSINESS TEAM MEMBER, GOOGLE

“It’s amazing what Nancy and team have been able to achieve with In True Fashion. The kids are being exposed to critical thinking and learning skills that expand their universe and personal prospects. I was impressed with the questions asked and level of engagement of the kids. I am happy to have been able to play a part in opening young eyes to big possibilities.”


MENTOR SPEAK • PORTER GALE • AUTHOR, FORMER VP OF MARKETING, VIRGIN AMERICA

“In True Fashion is making a difference in the lives of many youth. You can’t help but be inspired by the efforts of Nancy Gale, the mentors and the talented kids.”


MENTOR SPEAK • LISA NICOLE BELL • CEO, INSPIRED LIFE MEDIA GROUP

“In True Fashion does something unique and amazing. It allows young people to create, develop and produce a finished product. The opportunity to experience working in teams, building a business and creating a new product is exhilarating and eye-opening. I applaud Nancy Gale and her team for empowering and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders.”


MENTOR SPEAK • ESTELLE REYES & BETSY BLANCHARD • NFTE LA

“In the midst of her non-stop life as an entrepreneur in the hectic fashion industry, Nancy has so generously given her time, her endless optimism and enthusiasm to help the young people in our program launch their dreams. She has been changing the lives of young people and providing opportunities for them to learn practical skills while using their creativity, building their teamwork skills and dreaming beyond their circumstances.”


MENTOR SPEAK • ALISON SUFFET-DIAZ • FOUNDER, ECS

“In True Fashion is a dedicated, passionate and valuable partner in creating relevant and interesting lessons for our students. The students love the program! We love that they not only learn, but also that they do. This kind of hands-on, experiential learning really engages the students.”


MENTOR SPEAK • BARBARA BISHOP • FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, BBPR

“In True Fashion is fast becoming the model for all schools.”


MENTOR SPEAK • BRENT FREEMAN • FOUNDER & CEO, ROOZT

“In True Fashion is the kind of schooling that I wish I had growing up. It bridges the gap between school work and real work and provides hands-on, one-of-a-kind work experience that will put the students ahead of the curve for the rest of their lives. Beyond all that, In True Fashion breaks down communication, educational and economic barriers while showing its students firsthand that they truly can control their own destiny.”


MENTOR SPEAK • ROSALIND ROSS • WORLD CHAMPION EQUESTRIAN VAULTER & WRITER

“In True Fashion is an investment in the next generation. The program cultivates business-mindedness in conjunction with creativity in a hands-on, collaborative environment for an invaluable real-life experience. As a mentor, I truly feel that I am the one to whom the gift is bestowed upon; nothing beats the feeling of imparting the knowledge that no dream is too extravagant, and subsequently watching the youth of today become empowered by that very idea.”


MENTOR SPEAK • JAMES KICKLIGHTER • FOUNDER & CEO, JAMESWORKS ENTERTAINMENT

“In True Fashion provides underprivileged youth with hands-on entrepreneurial experiences that help guide them to future success. As students learn how to market a product, they get to interact with successful mentors in the business community whom they would seldom have the chance to meet. But most importantly, as they design and produce their product, students build self-worth, discovering that being true to yourself is always en vogue. I am proud to be involved with this terrific program.”


MENTOR SPEAK • BOBBY DELEON • DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE, INFINITUM NIHIL

“Every one of us at one time or another felt hated for something or someone due to the injury we felt. We doubted our future that looked despairing because we could not see through the darkness around us. We were sad and contemplated many scenarios when all we needed was to be consoled, to be understood. Then along came Nancy Gale and In True Fashion, providing love, faith and hope, setting a stage for these young adults so they might see life with the light on. I am involved in this organization because I believe in the impact it can have on the young individuals I saw in class. The program provides these young adults the opportunity to think outside the four walls that society has constructed and to know that they don’t have to settle for the way things are. I believe it is in giving, that we receive and I am honored to be part of this program.“


MENTOR SPEAK • STAR LADIN • BRAND STRATEGIST

“In True Fashion is an innovative approach to education; it is the kind of valuable thinking that our broken education system needs. It turns schools into places of inspiration and hope for our kids and our country. In True Fashion is a model for other programs and schools. Not only do the kids gain practical knowledge, they are shown that their ideas are valuable and worth exploring. When shown the steps, they see that anything is possible and no goal is unattainable. I love these kids. It is exciting to see the sparks in their eyes and the smiles on their faces as they solve real world problems and see their futures in an entirely new light. The future of our country is in these students. Every week that I spend in class mentoring, I get excited about the difference that is being made in each student. It is rewarding to champion not only the kids, but the teachers and the future of our country.”


MENTOR SPEAK • SARAH BUTLER • METALSMITH & GRAPHIC DESIGNER

“Instilling inspiration in another is the greatest thing anyone could do. Inspiring an individual to have personal motivation is a difficult task to accomplish. In True Fashion provides a platform where these inherent obstacles are easily overcome. It provides adolescents with an opportunity to connect with role models in a safe space; where voicing your personal opinion reigns supreme and asking for what you want is encouraged. It is this formula that drives self-exploration and confidence and proves how vital it is that individuals are given the opportunity to visualize their future at such a pertinent age. Watching the students embrace the possibilities of their own future is truly inspiring.”


MENTOR SPEAK • ANNA GOODMAN-HERRICK • DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER

“In True Fashion is an amazing experience. As mentors and guest speakers we get to work directly with the students and see their progress before our very eyes. It’s wonderful to watch the students experiencing their full potential and we, the mentors, learn a tremendous amount from them! I always come home from a day at In True Fashion feeling grateful to be a part of it.”


MENTOR SPEAK • DAVID LEWIS • LAWYER

“In True Fashion is one of the few ways in which the kids get exposure to the real world as opposed to the world of book learning, the relevance of which may not be immediately apparent to them. Just as it’s their opportunity to learn about the business world, it’s our opportunity to share our experiences and insights with them. It’s our privilege because they are such deserving kids.”


MENTOR SPEAK • BRANDIE COBB • TEACHER, ECHS

“In True Fashion class is such a positive, supportive and active learning environment. Each day of class brings a new real-life challenge for the students to conquer, with the help of amazing mentors that really engage with the students. Spending a year with In True Fashion was truly a rewarding experience that I feel lucky to have been a part of.”


MENTOR SPEAK • RACHEL DWYER • INTERN

“In True Fashion class is such a positive, supportive and active learning environment. Each day of class brings a new real-life challenge for the students to conquer, with the help of amazing mentors that really engage with the students. Spending a year with In True Fashion was truly a rewarding experience that I feel lucky to have been a part of.”


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