The Kindness Effect’s Team

Kate Rizzo
Founder & Workshop Facilitator
Kate has a passion for people, animals, our planet and a commitment to social justice. She holds degrees in Psychology and Social Work, and is currently working in a variety of roles from youth worker, to university teacher, to speaker and writer. Kate grew up with three younger sisters and a mother that taught her to forge her own path, wherever it may lead. Her journey has been one of constant change and a sense of being alone, which sparked the idea of The Kindness Effect. This, along with her time in South Africa and her life experiences have led her to believe that we all have a part to play in creating a better world. Kate describes herself as a dreamer, but of late has discovered that we must take action if we want to create change in our lives and the world around us.- If it was socially acceptable she would never wear shoes
– She grew up living across from the ocean
– She is currently studying Buddhism and Meditation
Kahani Motiani B&W PhotoKahani Motion 
Workshop Facilitator
Kahani has bounced ever-avidly between filmmaking pursuits, solo backpacking, and studies in creative writing before finding herself nearing completion of a Social Science (Psychology) degree. In recent years, all things ‘self- development’ has become her burgeoning passion, jumping on board many an event in this realm, alongside delivering seminars herself related to motivation and study skills in secondary schools as her part-time work. Kahani has a penchant for spontaneity and a thirst for new experiences both in work and in play.- In high school, her nickname was Kahanye West
– Green tea meets peanut butter is the top flavour combination she has experimented with to date
– She’s half Indian, a quarter Russian, a quarter English, but as ocker as they come

Jessy Baker 
Workshop Facilitator
Jessy’s background is in youth work and she has worked in varies communities throughout the last 7 years. She’s even worked in America at a Summer Camp in Massachusetts as the Camp Counsellor. Jessy loves exploring the world and has backpacked through Europe, America and Thailand. Just like our Founder Kate, Jessy has a love for animals and a passion for the environment. Growing up if her brother ever wanted to upset her, he would pretend to throw rubbish out of the car window.
– She grew up in both rural and inner city areas of Victoria
– Her Dad taught her that your gender doesn’t define your capabilities and her Mum taught her not to take life so seriously
– She believes music can heal the soul and dancing can cure a restless body
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