While ideas can be inspiring and uplifting, life is played out in the personal.

The Avenue seeks to engage each student where she is in life; that's why mentoring is the most important aspect of the program.  With her mentor, each student applies what she learned during the monthly sessions to her own circumstances, setting goals and navigating the challenges she encounters.


The mentors are professional women and graduate students who lead each Module or serve on The Avenue’s Executive Committee.  They meet with their mentees at least once a month, and gladly make themselves available outside program hours. Contact your mentor for details!

"My mentor has helped me get through ups and downs in several friendships throughout this school year and I'm so grateful for that!"

2020 Avenue participant

2020-21 Mentors

Vicky Caranti

University of Dallas | Education & Spanish

Rebecca Dillett

Ivy Tech Community College, Hospitality

Elle Schirripa

Catholic University of America | Philosophy and Mathematics

Kate Meyer

University of Notre Dame | Romance Languages & Literature

Meghan Streiff

Fashion Institute of Technology | Illustration

Marianne Doherty

Johnson & Wales University | Culinary Arts

Zulay Villanueva

Hospitality Consultant, Murray Hill Place

Isabel Velarde

Fordham University | Philosophy and Math

Isabella Legaspi

University of California-Merced, Developmental Biology

Marita Montes

Fashion Institute of Technology |
Interior Design and Art History

Alexandra George

Carnegie Mellon University | Professional Writing

Claire Hadley

University of Notre Dame | Philosophy

Tracy Vendetti 

Hospitality Consultant, Murray Hill Place

Breck Giltner

University of Dallas | Political Philosophy

Christina Kilmer

University of Dallas | History & Spanish

Monica Mehan

University of Dallas | Theology

Therese Boles

UCLA | History

Ashley Petros

University of Wisconsin-Madison | Human Development and Family Affairs

Nina Chaidez

Hospitality Consultant, Murray Hill Place

Have you heard about the PIPs?

The Positive Impact Projects (PIP) are the way The Avenue students translate their learning experience into initiatives and actions that they can carry out within their family and communities. Each student’s mentor helps her identify one to two projects for the year as well as the steps needed to accomplish them.