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Meet the Tribe Women Team


Dani Trudeau

Founding director of Tribe Porty and Tribe Women

Having started her first enterprise at the age of 14 years old and her first private company at 25, Dani is curious about what makes a good business. Even more, she is keen on changing work to work for you and reimagine how work can support your life. Creative social entrepreneur founded Tribe Porty, a community coworking and creative events social enterprise in 2014 and Tribe Women, a community for enterprising women, in 2018. Dani is committed to redesigning the ways we live and work to lead connected, full and healthy lives.

Melissa McConnell

Melissa McConnell

Operations and Marketing, Tribe Porty and Tribe Women

Having left a corporate career and started her first business at the age of 42, Melissa is passionate about supporting other women to believe in their unique strengths and hidden potential. Ask Melissa about finding the courage to start something new and any of the issues involved in creating and building a business with no entrepreneurial experience.

Guest speakers and workshop leaders

Alex Humphry-Baker

Alex Durussel-Baker

Alex is an award-winning freelance Product and Service designer. With a background in both startups and agency design, Alex has a track record of helping companies like Sodak, Skyscanner and Scottish government de-risk new ventures and deliver products people actually want.  By night (and absurdly early mornings), Alex is also host and founder of CreativeMornings/Edinburgh.

Dawn Breslin

Dawn Breslin

Founder of The Harmonizing Academy, a life re-design company which helps individuals grow into their full potential in a gentle and sustainable way. Dawn describes her passion for emotional well-being and unlocking human potential as a little obsessive and says her greatest lessons have come from recovering from post-natal depression in her 20’s and extreme emotional, financial and energetic burnout in her 40’s.

Sandra Macaskill

Sandra Macaskill

Creative business strategist, developing self-sustaining businesses for over 20 years, working with women, organisations and communities. She is passionate about seeing organisations bring together plans and then bring them to fruition having the necessary tools and know how to do so confidently.

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Laura Westring

Laura Westring is a ghostwriter and speech writing instructor who has helped politicians, CEOs and early stage businesses to find their voice and move their audience. Laura leads Communications at Amiqus, a tech for good company, and provides accredited public speaking and speech writing training at her leadership communications agency Vocalcoach.


"I had never put myself into this reflective, intuition, visualisation journey; it was great and surprising."

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