Hi, we're the Tribeless Team! We believe the world would be a better place if everybody practiced Empathy in their everyday conversations. This is our story :)
We started in 2016 as a series of dinner parties. After hosting hundreds of conversations, we realized that we were actually creating spaces for people to practice empathy. That’s how we made the transition into an empathy training company!DISCOVER OUR APPROACH
Our founder Gwen Yi hosted the first ever Tribeless Dinner with one rule: "No small talk." And the rest, as they say, is history.
Back in the day, the Empathy Box was called "Tribeless-In-A-Box"! This is a picture of one of our first ever prototypes, complete with icons stuck to the back of poker cards.
We launched our "Tribeless Host Program", gathering folks from 17 cities & 11 countries to host Tribeless Dinners in their own cities!
We officially registered Tribeless PLT as a company. Here you can see Shawn, our CEO, signing the papers for our bank account. ✍️
Ahhhh, memories. Here we have our first public Empathy Box sale. We didn't know the first thing about marketing or sales... we just wanted to get our baby out into the world. As you can imagine, that didn't go too well...
After a less-than-spectacular launch, Gwen Yi decides to step down as CEO and hands over the position to Shawn. It is the best decision she has made in a long, long time.
2019 was a tumultuous year for the team. Our highlight of the year was creating V2.0 of The Empathy Box – more colors, better quality – and launching it to great success.
We hosted Empathy Box conversations for 200 Obama Leaders from 33 countries in Asia-Pacific at the 2019 KL Convening! Definitely one for the books. 🌟
When COVID-19 struck, we ran a 30-day experiment to explore if we could create human connection online. 600 people from 40 countries ended up joining the fun. 💗 (Spoiler alert: The answer is yes!)
Fast forward to today, and we've made the transition into a fully virtual empathy training company working with clients around the 🌎!
I handle most front-facing things in our company, from sales and marketing to PR and training. I'm also the lead consultant and facilitator for our client projects!
It is my deepest belief that Empathy is the foundation to healing our world – and the best way to learn it is by creating safe spaces for people to learn, heal, laugh and grow. 💖
I was a total conference junkie in my youth and prided myself in getting into them for free. Some of the more notable ones are: TED@IBM, SxSW, Web Summit, One Young World, and the World Economic Forum on ASEAN!
I'm a closet spiritualist and a Yoga With Kassandra stan. 🧘♀️
My work is mostly focused on internal company affairs. When I'm not handling admin and operations, I'm building the core curriculum that drives our approach and offerings at Tribeless!
For me, our work in Tribeless is a means to cultivate the development of our collective morality – so that we're able to better cope with the nuances of humanity.
I've been working since I was 16 years old, with an EPF date to prove it too. 🥲
I'm commonly referred to as "Chief-Everything-Officer" and "Tea Kween" 'round these parts.
I use my big brain (inside joke) to make our stuff legit while steering the Tribeless ship with Gwen Yi and Shawn. In other words, I help with strategy, consultation, program development, and always keeping the big picture in mind.
In enabling others to #SeeTheHumanFirst, my peaceful acceptance of my own humanity deepens. 🧘♀️
"That's good science!" ~ a client's response to a qualitative analysis report we did.
I once did a live solo dance performance as a challenge to deepen my connection with my body. 💃
I manage project timelines and support our clients' needs to ensure that they have the best possible experience with us!
Experiencing first-hand how practicing Empathy in my conversations transformed and deepened the relationships in my life. Now that I know it IS possible, I'm hopeful to share the same experience with others!
Graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Psychology!
My spirit animal is a quokka.... but I went to a Bring Me the Horizon concert when I was 15 years old. 🤘✨
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