Our GRACE Talks events are where The Grace Tales comes to life. It’s where our readers come together with our team. Where inspiring women and leading experts converge. Where we laugh, we cry and most of all, we connect.
GRACE Talks events explore the struggle, the juggle and the joy of motherhood. We’re all about igniting connection, community and conversation. Here's what you can expect...
In honour of International Women’s Day on March 8, The Grace Tales will be hosting their first not-to-be-missed GRACE TALKS event of the year at the spectacularly revamped Woolwich Pier Hotel in Sydney. Overlooking the harbour, we’ll come together for brunch to hear from a group of dynamic and empowering women. These women are not only inspiring (hear how aden + anais founder Raegan Moya-Jones built a $100 million dollar business), but you’re going to walk away with new ideas and tools for how to manage many aspects for the motherhood juggle (did we mention you’ll also walk away with a fantastic goodie bag filled with products created by our GRACE community?). Light brunch and coffee and tea will be served. 10% of proceeds from this event will be donated to our charity partner Every Mother Counts, whose mission is to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere.
If you’re a mum, chances are you’re more than acquainted with cult baby essentials brand Aden + Anais. Their soft, adorably-printed muslins are often gifted to new mums and re-purchased in bulk thanks to their multitude of uses (swaddling, burping, wrapping, covering… we could go on), and the all-encompassing lifestyle brand has now extended to include bibs, blankets, sleeping bags, towels and more. The founder of the business, Aussie-born and New York-based Raegan Moya-Jones, is a classic example of Aussie grit and self-belief, conceiving the brand from home, in the early hours of the morning while working at her day job and simultaneously raising four young daughters. It seems the gap she identified in the US market for soft and gorgeous baby swaddles was truly her calling, with Aden + Anais now turning over more than $US100 million in revenue each year. Much like her upcoming book, What It Takes, How I Built a $100 Million Dollar Business Against All Odds, Raegan will cover her journey through motherhood and entrepreneurship and how she blended an award-winning lifestyle brand with the demands of motherhood (four times over!).
There were many points that stood out to us in our recent interview with the inimitable Vashti Whitfield, but perhaps the most poignant one blended both birth and death - a fitting symbol of everything she has endured and what she now tries to teach through her career as a global speaker, mindset and resilience expert and documentary filmmaker: “My belief about birth, as it is about death really, is that we are poorly-educated on the two most impactful processes in the life cycle available to us. And that, unfortunately for the vast majority of us, both transformations are anchored in fear of loss, pain and the unknown.” This fear is what Vashti is trying to change through her work in coaching - both on an executive and personal level - combined with her innate and deeply inspiring natural storytelling ability that has seen her create ‘Be Here Now’, a documentary honouring her late husband Andy Whitfield and exploring the notion of life, love and loss with the utmost sincerity and intimacy. Vashti’s natural-born speaking talents will delve deeper in the world of motherhood, grief, resilience, strength and more, and we can’t wait to hear how she incorporates mindfulness into her everyday juggle with work and kids.
Meg Mason is an internationally renowned writer and mother of two, who writes monthly for ELLE and InsideOut, and was GQ’s female-affairs correspondent for five years. Her first book, a memoir of motherhood called 'Say It Again in a Nice Voice' was published in 2012, was termed “achingly funny” by Better Homes & Gardens, and we’d have to agree. Her second book, a novel called 'You Be Mother' was published in 2017, and as always, her musings on motherhood left us nothing short of inspired … And a little tired from all the laughing out loud.
Kate Pascoe Squires
After Kate Pascoe Squires endured her 9th laparoscopy for stage four endometriosis, she knew something had to give. Her health was suffering at the hands of her self-confessed “type A personality” where she was running on empty thanks to a demanding job and two small children. Enter, The Slow Down. Kate is now a staunch advocate for living the slow life with simplicity and self-care at the forefront of everything she does. She's also a creative consultant and mother of two.
Bronwyn Mccahon sat at the helm of Australia’s most read magazine titles - Cosmopolitan - for over 10 years, but after having three children, decided to focus on family and building her own business, childrenswear line Play etc, without the stresses of a big corporate job. Flexibility, being around more for the kids and having much needed me-time has switched up Bronwyn’s weekly schedule for the better. She'll share her experience of building a brand from scratch and how she makes it all work.
WOOLWICH PIER HOTEL
2 Gale Street, Woolwich, NSW
The recently revamped Woolwich Pier Hotel on Sydney's lower north shore is as spectacular as its view (which is no easy feat). Overlooking the Harbour Bridge, the venue incorporates natural-coloured timber, Picasso-esque artwork and hues of blush pink, tan and olive green, designed by renowned Alexander & Co. Elegant, beautiful and relaxed, it's the perfect place to come together on International Women's Day.GET DIRECTIONS
The best part of The Grace Tales is the community of women who read the site daily. From corporate powerhouses, to inspiring entrepreneurs, to superwomen stay-at-home mums, this is the place to laugh, cry and connect with each other.
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The countdown is officially on until we hit Woolwich Pier in Sydney on March 8th, International Women’s Day, to listen, learn and laugh with our lineup of incredible speakers for our first #GRACETALKS event for 2019. The underlying message with all our speakers? That there’s no one size fits all method to success, life and love after becoming a mother. If you’re keen to immerse yourself with likeminded women, want to hear tales that make you laugh (and possibly cry) and feel like you’re part of a community that supports and embraces women in all facets, then this #GRACETALKS event is for you. Be quick! Strictly limited seating available so don’t miss out!