Space of One’s Own

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From WeWork to The Wing, co-working spaces have transformed how work gets done. We talked to three women at three different co-working spaces about what they find so inspiring about their surroundings.

THE WING

Driadonna Roland

Editor, Complex Networks

The tough-love advice writers get is to hack away at it every day, not just when inspiration hits. But what I love about The Wing is that it’s very conducive to making me feel creative. There’s a lovely, comfortable atmosphere and a supportive community of interesting women. Being among them is invigorating! I find a sunny corner and get to work, or if I’m at Flatiron, I head to the roof and take in a gorgeous view of the city.

The amenities are a major draw for me. This year I’ve been very intentional about wellness and exercise. I was doing a boot camp before work, but the facilities didn’t have a shower. It was a block from The Wing, so I could go there, freshen up, grab coffee, and make it to work on time! That convenience really sealed the deal for me; I’m definitely a proud Wing Woman.

WEWORK

Stacie Henderson

CEO, Keep.com

It feels inspiring to see so many bright people getting into their hustle every day.  It’s that common hustle that you don’t get in a typical corporate office.

I also like the fact that there’s such a diversity of  businesses here, so you’re able to learn from people outside of your own industry. One day I was in the hallway, and a few guys were coming out of a conference room talking about the same tech issue that we have been discussing. My VP of Engineering and I immediately realized that we should definitely connect with this company. Here, there’s an endless resource of interesting companies trying to do great things. When you’re a one-company office, there’s one type of conversation. But when you’re at WeWork, you’re exposed to hundreds of businesses, and the water cooler talk could be a wide range of anything.

ASSEMBLAGE

Samantha Fennell

CEO, HONE

This past winter when I was looking for a home for HONE, three things were important to me: proximity, environment and community.

The first was critical because I have a young son and I wanted zero commute.  We live three blocks away. I can pop home for a hug or meet him in Madison Square Park when I need a baby fix.  It maximizes the time we can spend together, and that’s super important to me.

Environment and community were also important because everyone told me that entrepreneurship can be a lonely pursuit, and one which often causes a lot of people to neglect their own well-being.   I knew I found the right place when I read the Assemblage’s credo, that its community exists at the intersection of technology, consciousness and capital.  Then I had my first Ayurvedic lunch here and took my first sound bath, and I was hooked! It’s a great feeling to be in a beautiful space, supported and surrounded by like-minded people who help each other to succeed.