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."
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.
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.
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.