Manchester hosts first national Girl Tribe Gang conference – Inspiring business women...

Manchester hosts first national Girl Tribe Gang conference – Inspiring business women from across the UK

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Catherine Asta Labbett interviews BBC Radio Leeds Presenter Stephanie Hirst to kick off #GTGLive18

Girl Tribe Gang is an award-winning national collective for women who work for themselves or are aspiring to quit the 9-5.  The first national GTG Live conference took place in Manchester on Saturday 3rd November and saw a number of women from across the country take their expertise and present on stage to 150 members and guests of Girl Tribe Gang.

The event took place at Etc Venues in the city centre and saw women such as Psychologies Magazine’s Mind Editor Suzy Reading, Holly Wood, founder of the Northern Blog Awards, Suzie Walker the founder of The Primal Pantry, Carole Spiers founder of National Stress Awareness Day and BBC Radio Presenter Stephanie Hirst take to the the stage to share their life and business journeys as well as sharing their knowledge with the ladies in attendance.

Sponsored by brands including Stella & Dot and Psychologies Magazine, the event hosted discussions and masterclasses on topics such as ‘Nailing Your Brand’, ‘Preventing Burn Out’, ‘Up levelling your Business with Effective PR’, ‘Curating a Confidence Mindset’ and ‘Building Resilience’ as well as the opportunity for Girl Tribe Gang’s signature informal connecting through areas like the ‘Me Lounge’ and the cocktail bar.

It was a platform for women already in business, as well as those looking to escape the 9-5, to learn, connect and be inspired. The event was also very much a launchpad for 2018’s National Stress Awareness Week.

Founder of Girl Tribe Gang, Catherine Asia Labbett, says: “Finding the courage to be your true self and #fiercelybrave was the theme that kicked off our first ever #GTGLIVE18. The whole day went by in a flash, but I had the honour of meeting lots of our members, guests and Tribe Bosses, all of our incredible speakers and listen to snippets of our panels sessions and power hours – I was completely immersed in the energy that was buzzing around the venue.

I wanted this event to be about kicking off the 20th anniversary of National Stress Awareness Day and the start of the first Stress Awareness Week, founded by our speaker, Stress Guru, Carole Spiers. In my opening key note with Stephanie Hirst I focused on some of the key findings of our in house survey that saw 40% of women say they felt isolated and lonely working for themselves which is causing them stress. For me GTGLIVE18 was a platform to start a conversation about, and to champion, the huge hidden workforce of women who aren’t on anyone’s radar and I feel that we have really done this and opened a space for these discussions to start happening.”