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  • Kin & Kind @ The Calyx (Royal Botanic Gardens) Mrs Macquaries Road Sydney, NSW, 2000 Australia (map)

Hear from real (kick-ass) women about their ideas and insights for an engaged family, role modelling to kids, and leading change in homes, communities and workplaces.

We go beyond the recycling rules and meet inspiring women who have shaped their homes & communities

PLUS our inaugural Kin & Kind kids clothing swap, in partnership with Perfectly Preloved

Our panel will be moderated by Shevonne Hunt from Kinderling Kids Radio.



Deputy Lord Mayor Jess Miller (one of the youngest people to hold elected office at the City of Sydney) is a mover, shaker, change maker and self-confessed “massive tree-hugger”. Jess is currently Deputy Chair of the Environment Committee and the Cycling Advisory Committee. Alongside her Council duties, she is a Program Advisor to sustainability and innovation company, Republic of Everyone. She’s known for her creative and inclusive approaches to sustainability, strategy and innovation. Jess co-founded GreenUps Sustainability Drinks, Grow it Local and has worked on the Garage Sale Trail and Grow Show – which featured an enormous veggie patch and education programs outside of Melbourne Town Hall. For the last three years, Jess has curated the food program for TEDxSydney.


Alex is the co-founder of the phenomenally popular Cornersmith cafes, know for their focus on sustainability, community-building and in-season produce from local growers (not to mention good coffee). Alex is an obsessive home cook who fell in love with pickling, preserving and cooking from scratch during her years as a stay at home mum. She’s the author of two cook-books full of back-to-basics delights like jams, preserving and pickling recipes.


Laura Cunningham is a midwife working at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with a background in Social Science and Public Health. At RPA she has recently taken on the role of Environmental Officer of her ward and is looking at ways to reduce hospital waste. She is also working on a project that aims to reduce the overuse and waste of antibiotics. Prior to becoming a midwife she spent many years working as a barista in casual hospitality jobs where she unsuccessfully tried to convince all her bosses to charge extra for the use takeaway coffee cups. She believes that her grandmother was the original waste warrior and tries to use things that her grandmother did and her mother does to minimise the environmental impact she makes as the mother of a 17 month old. Laura believes that nothing in a baby’s life needs to be plastic and she honestly enjoys the meditative quality and sense of satisfaction of cleaning, washing and drying cloth nappies in the sun.