LTBN Sharing Stories: Life Lessons in Reinvention



The Leeds Trinity Business Network (LTBN) is back for April 2021 as we look at the concept of reinvention in business.

What’s happening?

We know many businesses have experienced challenges throughout lockdown, but in fair weather or foul, there is opportunity to re-evaluate our outlook and explore how we can reinvent ourselves and our businesses in different ways, for better outcomes.

We’re thrilled to be joined by Todd Hannula and Dawn O’Keefe from Shine, a £5m meeting, co-working, and office venue providing catering across Leeds. Shine, an award-winning social enterprise opened during the 2008 recession, recycles its profits for the benefit of several communities, including women ex-offenders, local children, and entrepreneurs. Todd and Dawn will discuss how their core values have driven their many ‘reinventions’ and share what they have learnt from running a successful business and starting up multiple other ventures over the last 15 years.

Attendees can expect to take away practical tips and recommendations to guide their own reinvention, with life lessons for people in businesses ranging from start-ups to large organisations. However, this session is about more than business – it’s an opportunity to review how we create harmony, maintain a vision, and take bold steps forward to create our future.


Wednesday 21 April, 1.00 – 2.00pm


This session will be delivered via Microsoft Teams.

How can I book?

To book your place, please click here and enter your details as required. Prior to the event date, you will be emailed a link to join the virtual ‘meeting’. It may be beneficial to click the link on receipt and follow the instructions to familiarise yourself with the software process and ensure you can access in advance.

If you're unable to attend this event but would like to be informed of upcoming networking events, please email Events Coordinator Christopher Hulme ( or call on 0113 467 3942.

Further information:

Dawn O’Keefe

Dawn started her first business at the age of 25. Dawn began her entrepreneurial adventure building a successful business in management consultancy in the 14 years following university, working with senior leadership teams at British Coal, Lucent Technologies, AT&T, Siemens, and more.

In 2005, after 12 years in the USA and after the birth of her son, Dawn returned to her home county of Yorkshire to build a different kind of business. Dawn co-founded Harehills Community Interest Company, trading as Shine Workspace, with her partner and two others in 2007 to prove business could be commercially viable while making a significant positive impact to society.

Dawn’s experience across a multitude of industries, including nuclear, telecoms, science, engineering, and industrial is matched by her many accomplishments and awards. Dawn was awarded an MBA from a top global programme at Georgia State University (the Robinson School of Business), a black belt in Shotokan Karate, a CIMA qualification, Yorkshire Business Woman of the Year by Sue Ryder, and was a regional finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards in 2016.

Todd Hannula

Todd Hannula, a social entrepreneur originally from the USA, co-founded Shine Workspace in Leeds, England in 2007. Todd has started five businesses since 2005, including the Camberwell Project (consulting and development firm), the myCatalyst™ networking hubs, the School for Social Entrepreneurs™ (Yorkshire), and daCunha Global publishing. Todd was directly involved in raising over £35m for purpose-driven business ventures and investment programs over the past 15 years. Todd is currently Creative Director at Shine.

Prior to that, Todd held various leadership positions in start-up ventures, non-profits, and Fortune® 500 companies in the telecoms, environmental, technology, retail and service sectors throughout the United States and the UK. He has a B.Sc. in Geology, Completed Thesis Work at M.Sc. level in Hydrogeology, and an MBA from a top 50 global program.