Ladies Who Launch
Coworking spaces target businesswomen and female entrepreneurs
Office space has come a long way since the days of cubicles and fax machines. Millennials, with their collaborative mindset, have embraced coworking spaces—in some cases, creating such spaces in public areas—where they can mingle with young professionals from other businesses. Now, these office environments are diversifying to meet the needs of specific audiences, with a new crop catering specifically to women.
Located in the Gramercy area of NYC, once home to many women-only clubs during the turn of the 20th century, The Wing aims to offer modern working women a home base and social space. The flexible environment offers a library filled with books by female authors, elegant Scandinavian-inspired design, beauty and blowout bars, and a fully stocked kitchen. Members pay $1,950 annually for access to the club and its services. The Wing organizes a calendar of “happenings” that not only address one’s professional career, such as talks featuring local influencers, but also personal life management through dating, shopping, and personal care events.
SheWorks operations take inspiration from WeWork, but the offices are built specifically with professional women in mind, offering amenities like relaxation spaces. Located in the Union Square area of NYC, members can choose from plans that range from $50 a month for access to networking events and pay-per-use conference space, $150 for limited access to a flex desk and conference rooms, or $498 a month for full access and a private workstation. The aim is to generate a sense of community among members through working lunches and casual events. SheWorks also pays special attention to working moms, with regular meet-ups for mothers and built-in lactation rooms.
With an added focus on wellness, One Roof is a space for entrepreneurial women in Melbourne. The female-focused space includes light and airy desks, a kitchen with complimentary coffee and tea, and frequent lunch-and-learn programs with experts in various fields, along with healthy events such as yoga and meditation. Members have ample opportunity for networking and business development, and the center also offers One Roof PLUS, an accelerator program to help women starting out in business with training, mentorship, and introductions to investors. Membership options include day passes starting at $30, hot desk access starting at $320, and full-time access starting at $450.