Silicon valley women: Grace Kraaijvanger helps women carry out their entrepreneurial projects
Grace Kraaijvanger is now on her third career. She tells us: “I started dancing when I was three. I danced pro until I was about 30 and when I had my second child it became very difficult to stay at that level as a dancer and take care of my kids. It was difficult to be an artist and a mom of two.” So Grace went into marketing, working for a number of Silicon Valley firms, including Intuit and Oracle.
Elevate Your Grind by Joining a Women’s Co-Working Space
Have you heard of the Shine Theory, coined by Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow? It’s the idea that magic happens when women come together and uplift each other—as opposed to viewing each other as competition. When they rise, you rise. And these days, there’s no better place to witness the Shine Theory in action than the women’s co-working spaces and social clubs blossoming around the world.
DESIGNING A WOMEN’S CO-WORKING SPACE THAT’S NOT THE WING
The Wing isn't the only game in town: Grace Kraaijvanger, a professional dancer turned marketing exec launched The Hivery, one of the first co-working spaces of its kind in Mill Valley, California, four years ago. The high-design, networking-meets-communal space provides both working atmosphere and ample events.
Kraaijvanger walks us through the space—and the path that brought her to it.
One of the first women’s coworking spaces in America, The Hivery opened in 2014 in a 3,000-square-foot space, where floor-to-ceiling windows shed light on plants and exposed wood. Winner of Wayfair’s 2017 Trade Tastemaker Award for Best Office Space, The Hivery aims to empower women by offering a hyper-stylish workspace along with events of interest.
Founded on Principles of Dance, This Intuitive Space Helps Women Find Their ‘Spark’
Sometimes (most times?) your dreams and passions don’t materialize exactly the way you’d imagine, and there’s something beautiful in that.
Visions weren’t meant to be static. They push us forward, they evolve as we do and in the place where one meets another, anything can happen. There’s a balance of knowing where to dig in with determination and where to give yourself freedom of expression that Grace Kraaijvanger first learned as a professional dancer...
THE BEST WOMEN-ONLY COWORKING SPACES IN SAN FRANCISCO
The Hivery was one of the first women’s inspiration labs and co-working communities when it launched in 2014. It supports women of all ages and in all stages of life as they pursue their work, find their spark and discover their “what’s next” and numerous businesses have been formed out of The Hivery. The founder and former professional ballerina, Grace Kraaijvanger is an expert in helping women reach their fullest potential—even if they don’t know what they’re “supposed to do” yet. Grace calls entrepreneurs artists for life. I’m into it.
The Buzz About The Hivery: A Women-Only Coworking Space
While many coworking spaces choose to settle down in the startup neighborhoods of San Francisco, attracting mostly Millennials, Grace Kraaijvanger, the founder of The Hivery, wanted her collaborative coworking lab to be a space for women of all ages and all walks of life to work together and inspire each other.
Not only is The Hivery a design gem—with its spacious open layout and arched floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Mill Valley—but it’s also a space for women to come together, co-work, and collaborate...
This Working Mom Created a Coworking Space for Women to Inspire and Elevate Each Other
When you’re a freelancer, coworking spaces can be a dream-come-true scenario for getting your work done on deadline without the distractions of your Netflix account and comfy couch. Another bonus for idyllic coworking spaces? Research has found that people who work in these types of environments are happier and more productive. In this week’s How to Quit Your Day Job series, we chat with Grace Kraaijvanger, the CEO and founder of The Hivery, a stunning coworking space in Mill Valley, CA, that’s helping working moms and women who want to start their own businesses by connecting them to mentors and offering workshops and support.
Entrepreneurs Are Artists of Life, According to This Founder
Grace Kraaijvanger is on a mission to unleash the potential of women thinkers and innovators. Who are you and what’s your business? I am Grace Kraaijvanger, founder of The Hivery, a creative and collaborative coworking space designed to support women throughout all phases and stages of their professional lives. We offer programming and mentorship designed to cultivate meaningful personal and professional relationships, instill a greater sense of self-worth and foster professional confidence.
Every morning, after dropping her two sons off at school, Mary Michael Pringle would go in search of a place to work.
Pringle rotated among a familiar circuit of local coffee shops, anxiously hoping to hit the freelancing jackpot: a table large enough to house both her coffee and her laptop, not to mention high-speed Wi-Fi and a nearby electrical outlet...
Female-focused coworking spaces have become quite the niche in a workplace trend that for both genders has seen a fierce rise in past years. According to German market research firm Statista, there were 7,800 coworking spaces worldwide in 2015, a figure projected to surge to 37,000 by 2018.
The Hivery, a women-only coworking space in Mill Valley, California, originally reserved a bus to transport 40 members to the San Francisco march. Within a week, the group booked six more. As one Hivery member put it, "We have been living in a bubble, and we can no longer take for granted protection of our rights as women, as human beings."
Who Run the World? Girls Do at These 8 Co-Working Spaces for Women
The Hivery’s founder, Grace Kraaijvanger, opened this space in Mill Valley, California, after spending time working from home and feeling isolated. She dreamed of a space where women could be successful in a “kind, supportive and light-filled environment.”
Bay Area moms who are giving back to the community
Grace Kraaijvanger, Bay Area mother of two: Founder of The Hivery, a women’s collaborative and co-working space around the very idea that women can create meaningful work that integrates and complements the responsibilities, devotion,
Ask any 4-year-old girl and, with glowing eyes and deep conviction, she will tell you her dream- to be a ballerina, travel to Mars, to search for dinosaurs, to lead, to heal, to teach. Sometimes a girl is lucky enough to have her dream nurtured to fruition. Sometimes the dream is replaced by another. And sometimes it lies dormant, waiting for the right combination of determination, maturity and support.
More than a work space, it's a flexible, women-only work community and entrepreneurial powerhouse where women gather to work, collaborate, attend events, and get inspired in a beautiful space that makes networking as light and breezy as the bright and elegant interiors.
Support, Skills, Sisterhood: Is All-Women Coworking Right for You?
To do "authentic work," you should be in a community where you don't fear taking chances, where you test ideas, and where you collaborate with like-minded peers. These founders believe that an all-women coworking is coming to the fore.
Breathtakingly beautiful and welcoming, this brand-new coworking space and "inspiration lab" is owned by Grace Kraaijvanger, a woman of many talents. A formed ballet dancer, Kraaijvanger has worked in marketing and consulting, and now pours her heart into The Hivery. Catering to an all-women clientele, The Hivery offers a peaceful, Instagram-worthy creative environment in the best traditions of coworking spaces; hosts personal and professional development events.
Coworking spaces for women seem to be popping up all over these days. The Hivery, one of these spaces, was founded as more than merely a space for women to come and work: “If we can support women in unleashing their unique gifts to this world, and we do that two thousand times, and we continue year after year, we will have made a difference,” says founder Grace Kraaijvanger.
If you're a work-at-home mom or dad, it can be hard—if not impossible—to get things done when the kids are around. Important conference calls with a screaming a kid in the background don't always cut it! Thankfully, the Bay Area is full of flexible workplace options for those times when you need a quiet spot to answer emails, hold a meeting or put together a PowerPoint presentation. No more excuses—it's time to get to work!
Grace Kraaijvanger shares how she brings family and business together, where she finds inspiration, and how she makes "me" time part of her routine. Grace is a coach and founder of The Hivery, a co-working space, creativity lab, and community. Grace brings women together to cultivate creativity, passion, and purpose.
Dear Bay Area women, are you looking for a place that's creative, collaborative and invigorating? Some place that cultivates you and what fuels you? A place to pursue your work, passions, ideas - or to help you figure out what's next in your life? Look no further.
The Hivery is thrilled to have teen girls in our women's co-working space as a window for young women of what is possible for them. We have women at The Hivery that are in all stages of creating and pursuing their what's next. We have writers, financial analysts, designers, tech gurus, and women who are making big career changes.
WOMEN HELPING WOMEN IS THE HIVERY'S GREATEST GIFT- TO WOMEN
What does a mom who's eager to get back to work- or start a new chapter of her worklife- want for the holidays? If she lives within striking distance of Mill Valley, CA, no doubt she wants a membership to The Hivery, a two-year-old cooperative workspace, where women can meet and brainstorm whatever comes next in their lives.
Everyone has a story. And each of us has reason to share it. Whether you’re a business owner, a freelancer, you’re thinking about going back to work, or you have a presence online (that’s everyone, really), personal branding is the way in which you tell your story. It creates an emotional connection to who you are, what your past experience has taught you, and where you would like to go.
As we explore what's next for us, whether that's starting a new business, considering going back to work, or starting a new independent consultancy, it's imperative that we are thoughtful about our personal brand presence, both online and offline.