Grow Exeter | Aug 14, 2018 | 0
GIRL TRIBE GANG – The Unique Female Networking ‘TRIBE’ Which Supports Local Women Quitting the 9-5 Grind
Girl Tribe Gang is a members-only collective for women who work for themselves or aspire to do, founded by ex NHS Strategist, turned female-only Psychotherapist and Mum of 4, Catherine Asta Labbett, which launched in Ilkley, West Yorkshire in June 2017 and has seen phenomenal growth across the UK over the year.
Liz Knight, Exeter based entrepreneur set to launch a brand new app resource for families across the UK this Summer, leads the Exeter-based events, connecting local women who work for themselves or who have aspirations to quit the 9-5. Liz is on a mission to inspire and collaborate with other women taking the plunge, setting up their own businesses and quitting the 9-5. Knowing too well the isolation that can come with working by yourself, Liz wants to bring a group of like-minded women together to create a sense of community and reduce isolation.
Each event features a ‘Power Hour’ where an expert is invited to come and lead a workshop, do a talk, or host a Q&A session, telling their story of starting up in business and imparting valuable words of wisdom to the budding entrepreneurs. We have one of Grow Exeter’s 100 most inspiring women in Exeter, Hannah Ackford of Consume Digital taking on our first ‘Power Hour’ to chat about all things branding and social media.
The next meet-up is on Tuesday 29th May at Exeter’s charming new gin bar, Crockett’s. Anyone interested can register to attend the meet up via www.girltribegang.co.uk or by contacting Liz on Instagram (@tots_app) – tickets are £15 as a guest for the first event.
Liz (Devon born & bred), has been developing her own business and working with British children’s brands for the last 18 months. She is a Mum of two with a degree in Law. In 2013 she left her legal job and the 9 to 5 for the first time after being made redundant whilst on Maternity Leave and hasn’t looked back since.
Liz is developing a unique app for families across the UK bringing amazing offers from independent brands, attractions, classes and UK based holiday cottages, glamping and camping sites to one convenient place whilst donating a portion of profits to local and national children’s charities and is set to start her first crowdfunding campaign next month (you can find her on Instagram @tots_app).
Liz now runs the Exeter TRIBE of Girl Tribe Gang locally, whilst co-ordinating with founder, Catherine Asta Labbett. Girl Tribe Gang provides an alternative to traditional corporate networking with ‘no suits, no hotels, no corporate nonsense, no breakfast meetings, no sticky name labels, no eating in front of strangers, no board tables, no awkward introductions, and no death by Powerpoint presentations!’ It’s about making warm and genuine connections and really developing a strong support network in Exeter, where women can raise each other up and collaborate.
“I couldn’t be prouder to be heading up the Devon tribe and bringing Girl Tribe Gang toExeter. It’s something I’ve felt has been missing in the county for some time and I’m already overwhelmed by the comments I’ve received from women who want to get involved. I’m excited to connect and collaborate with women all over the county who are taking the leap into the unknown and are forging careers in work that works for them and their family.
This community is all about creating a supportive community of like-minded women, making real life connections and reducing feelings of isolation. I am excited to be working with Exeter’s thriving new gin bar, Crockett’s for our monthly meet ups and am looking forward to our launch on the 29th May.”
“Girl Tribe Gang is enjoying roaring success and is growing at a phenomenal rate across the country with tribes already established in Yorkshire, North West, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, London, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Essex and the South West. Our tribe has brought together many women who were at the height of their corporate careers, but who craved more freedom and flexibility and wanted to quit the 9-5. I’ve found so many women out there who have achieved so much and have so much experience to share, but who felt they needed support when going along.”
“On our team of tribe bosses, we have an ex Retail Head Buyer, a Corporate Accountant, Director of Communications, Probation Officer, HR Director, Foreign Office Executive (to name just a few) and I was a strategist at a senior level in the NHS– we have all quit the corporate world to set up our own business. We share knowledge, skills and support each other and it’s a network that we all hugely value.”
Catherine was recently asked by the BBC to share her views and that of her members, on the importance of women supporting other women and the footage, which attracted thousands of views can be seen here –
“There is a whole generation of women who are taking risks and following their dreams and we are a hidden workforce. We are a workforce that connects predominantly on social media, but we need more ‘real life’ connection and to be connecting with the right people who are going through similar things.”