Our Mentors

Our Mentors

Central to the fulfillment of CGI’s mission is the relationships cultivated between the mentors and the participants. On a yearly bases CGI recruits women from diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated a commitment to children and women’s issues. During their two year (minimal) commitment, CGI mentors nurture bonds with each Cinnamongirl thereby fostering a sustained "sisterhood," and providing an environment in which each Cinnamongirl can develop her unique strengths and talents. As each mentor shares her life and career experiences through monthly meetings, empowerment dialogues, and enrichment trips, they collectively expose Cinnamongirls to a breadth of perspectives
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  • Lynette Barksdale

    Lynette, born and raised in Alexandria, VA right outside of our nations capital. Lynette previously worked at Teach For America on a team that supported our 32,000 alumni! Prior to working at Teach For America, She worked at Target Corporation in Human Resources.

    Currently, she works at Google on the People Operations Team and lives in the South Bay area. Lynette joined Cinnamongirl Inc. as a mentor because she truly believes that all young girls need a mentor to help guide and provide them with access that they may not be able to otherwise attain. She hopes to use her experience and networks to provide young girls with opportunities that will change the trajectory of their lives.