As a former professional ballet and modern dancer, Grace's career began with the very fortunate experience of doing work that she loved and was passionate about.
As her career evolved from dancer to mother to marketer to founder of a women's collaborative work lab, she has always been committed to the mission of inspiring women to pursue those things that instill creativity, passion, and purpose.
Grace is a sought after speaker, visionary entrepreneur, artist, and community-maker.
Allison’s work has always been in the intersection of business, creativity, healing and meaning. She started her career in merchandising for Levi Strauss during the company’s heyday in the 90’s and then worked in hospitality and spa industry. This led her to create a state of the art, self-care centered program at California Pacific Medical Center. She was a partner in a multi-unit yoga business that became a leader in the emerging yoga lifestyle brands of the 2000’s, and which was later purchased by Yogaworks. Allison has held many leadership roles in community centered businesses and loves to combine her passion for creativity, hospitality, programming and events with her operations and sales acumen. When she isn’t working you can find her foraging for flowers, cooking nourishing meals for her family and close friends, or court side watching her son play basketball.
Susan Schroeder, Director of Marketing
Susan comes to The Hivery with more than 20 years of experience as a creative entrepreneur specializing in marketing, graphic design, branding, product development, and strategy. Her career has included working with creative companies like Chronicle Books and founding businesses including SGS Design Studio, a graphic design firm, and Kimochis, a line of educational products for children. Susan has a passion for team-building, creative thinking, and collaboration. She is somewhat obsessed with typography, fitness classes, books, her amazing daughters, the Warriors, and exploring the trails of Marin with her beloved dogs and husband.
Kim Thompson Steel, Visual Content Producer
Kim is a visual storyteller. After telling stories as a character animator on award winning visual effects films and commercials for many years in her native Canada and here in California at Industrial Light + Magic (Lucasfilm), Kim continues to create visual narratives through her photography. Her current projects encompass her love of natural light, food, and lifestyle portraits of makers and creative entrepreneurs with their work.
When she’s not at The Hivery working with the team on creative projects and marketing support, she will most likely be with her husband, daughter and their silly dog on a beach somewhere.
Wendy Horng Brawer, Growth, Strategy, and Partnerships
Wendy is a creator, connector, and powerful collaborator and comes to The Hivery with two decades of leadership experience in fundraising, partnerships, community outreach, marketing and communications, and strategy. She’s a lifelong learner, and an alumna of Seth Godin’s altMBA program, Marie Forleo’s B-School, and most recently, The Hivery’s Incubator program, taught by Grace. Wendy is an educator, and is trained as a somatics-based embodied leadership and Strengthfinders coach. Her program, This Unbound Life, features a series of coaching, group work, and workshops that helps women feel unbound from expectations and culminates in Threshold, a rite of passage ceremony. When she’s not at The Hivery working with the team, she’s playing drums in her band, Dr. Evil, traveling, or hiking in the East Bay hills where she lives with her family.
Marti Rule, Community Manager
Marti is inspired every day by #womendoingcoolstuff at The Hivery, and is thrilled to be here keeping the operations running smoothly and helping members make the most of their experience! She is passionate about empowering women and girls around the globe and finds the Hivery a perfect place to learn more and explore these opportunities. Marti worked in public relations at national and local agencies on consumer brands, as well as heading her own communications consultancy for several years. She has held leadership roles on the Marin County Women’s Commission, the Marin Teen Girl Conference and on the Board of Directors for the Marin Girls Chorus. She and her family have been long time puppy raisers for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Marti and her husband are parents of two wonderful young adults, and live in San Rafael.
Gina Williamson, Community + Events Coordinator
Gina is a Mill Valley native and is thrilled to be a part of the Hivery community. She works as our community and events coordinator and is passionate about helping our members have the most meaningful and positive experience when they are at the Hivery. In 2018 she founded her Holistic Nutrition business, Innate Wellness, where she focuses on helping women and families with prenatal health and family nutrition which she runs out of our Hivery co-working and meeting space. She has a background in fashion and worked for companies such as BCBG Max Azria and Cartier in design, merchandising, and production helping to bring new lines of clothing to the market for the specialty retailers. Outside of work you’ll find her doing food photography, hiking with her husband and Aussie/Husky pup, Maya, traveling overseas, frequenting the farmers market and spending time with family and friends.
Kadidja Yansane, Community + Hivery Virtual Coordinator
Kadidja is a lifelong learner and lover of personal growth and development. She has been a coach, counselor and women’s circle facilitator for the past 20 years. As a business coach she works with female entrepreneurs to give birth to and launch their newest business offerings.
She does communication coaching with executives at companies including VISA, Charles Schwaab, and Robert Half and has worked with New York Times best-selling author Regena Thomashauer of Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts. She has also been a student advisor for the Vallejo Unified School District and San Francisco State University.
With a B.A in Women’s Studies from UC Berkeley and coaching certification from JFK University, she is passionate about supporting women to recognize their brilliance and deliver their unique contribution to the world.
When she is not at the Hivery, she and her honey Mike have an active family life, chasing after their 3 year old son Khalil and their 5 year old daughter Naima. You will often find her wearing the beautiful fair trade jewelry from around the world that she sells.
Anastasi “Stas” Mavrides, Video-Audio Producer & Tech Support
Thoroughly enjoying being part of this amazing team, Stas works behind the scenes at the Hivery to capture the rich video content from The Hivery Circle evenings, as well as many Hivery special events, workshops, and conferences. His Novato-based company, MavMedia has been shooting and editing promotional and educational videos for Bay Area businesses and institutions since 2010.
Stas is also a multi-faceted composer, musician & music producer. He has scored music for broadcast commercials, documentary films and mobile gaming applications. He’s produced four CD titles for the Sausalito, CA-based World-Music label Real Music, and is the creator of the award-winning Classical Child Series®, a whimsical CD collection of classical music for kids. (www.classicalchild.com). Stas can also be found performing around the Bay Area (and beyond) in a variety of world-music ensembles.