"I used Girls Talk with my team as a way to re-engage and connect with the team members. It has been far too long since we were able to meet in person, so it was really nice to have a strong conversation to draw the athletes back in. It felt like we hadn't missed a beat; the camaraderie, kindness, and vulnerability that allow girls to connect- really connect- with one another were aided by our first Girls Talk! I appreciate how easy the material is to use- Marie puts a lot of thought and research into her lesson plans. From the layout and anticipation of the meeting, to supporting materials and lead questions, the lesson plans helped me lead a pointed conversation that sticks to the topic while still allowing for natural discussion. With Girls Talk, I felt like I could prep for 20 mins rather than the hours I would spend pouring over the subject. I really appreciated Marie's guidance and encouragement to take on this new team aspect. I believe these conversations will develop a deeper connection and only strengthen our team. I am already excited about the next one!"
Boise Betties - Women’s Running Team
Manager, Athlete, Coach
"Marie Markham’s Girls Talk program has been a game changer for our team. Even with the challenge of meeting through Zoom rather than in person, she has facilitated incredibly powerful conversations among our female athletes. With extensive experience as both an elite athlete and a professional educator, as well as a sincerity our girls picked up on immediately, she creates a safe and productive space for exploring issues critical to female distance runners. Moreover, Marie has also provided both resources and mentorship of our coaching staff so that we are equipped to continue these sessions for seasons to come."
Head Coach, Campolindo High School
"Through Marie Markham’s Girls Talks, we’ve been able to have difficult but necessary conversations about what it means to be a girl in this sport. As a senior who has struggled with body image and negative self-talk, I was grateful for this program and the way it normalized dealing with a changing body as a runner. It meant a lot to me that my younger teammates were informed and provided with a resource that could help them avoid the same issues. It was also an incredible opportunity to bond and get to know athletes from outside of our own training pods. The environment Marie creates in her sessions is so safe and welcoming, and she facilitates conversations in a way that makes everyone feel comfortable. For the sake of your girls team, I would highly recommend looking into this program!"