Our panel event, Getting the Gig Live: Champions Of Change is drawing closer.
ICYMI, the live panel has been curated to inspire you to take your side hustle to the next level, and more specifically, how to create a more sustainable Australia while doing so.
We’ve called on several leaders in the game across a mixed bag of industries to incite thought and action. It’s happening on Wednesday 5 February, but you can get a head start right now with our rundown of the speakers and how their businesses fit into the conversation.
Cathryn WIlls, Founder And Creative Director | Sans Beast
Cathryn Wills has been a part of the fashion game for over 30 years, working with big and boutique names alike. After spending almost half of that time designing leather handbags and accessories, the distance between her ethical outlook and career became palpable.
In 2016, Sans Beast was born, a design-first handbag and accessory label made with leather alternatives. The brand exists to advocate quality and sustainable product that combats the mass nature of fashion retail along with the inability to ensure animal welfare in the industry.
Kym Atkins, CEO And Co-Founder | The Volte
A lawyer by trade, co-founder of an occupational health medical practice, Catalyst Startup Program alumni and most recently founder of The Volte, Kim’s story beams inspo.
After a solid stint abroad, Kym settled back in Australia and got The Volte off the ground, a rental marketplace for designer clothing. The Volte now sits at a cool retail value of $20 million, offsetting revenue in the mass-production retail market and giving more people across the country access to designer labels.
Kirstin Hunter, Managing Director | Future Super
Kirstin’s professional background has often had an ethical bent. Between her career as a solicitor in the financial services space, Kirstin has been offering up her services pro-bono for ethically-minded organisations like the Aboriginal Trust Fund Remuneration Scheme, OzHarvest and Whitelion.
Realising her career could be pushed even further to create positive change, Kirstin co-founded Future Super, a super fund that invests in only environmentally and socially responsible causes with the intent to help Australia reach 100% renewable energy.
Shannon Jaquith Chrisp, Marketing & Corporate Responsibility Director | The Body Shop
Shannon comes from over two decades breaking in brands to local and international markets, and is now using her strategic abilities to lead her team of activists under The Body Shop brand.
Together, the team at The Body Shop, are working towards becoming one of the world’s most ethical and sustainable beauty brands by offering up a product that’s produced only with those values at the forefront, leading to positive economic, social and environmental impact.
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