When working at The Coven or at ModernWell, there is an essential and intentional difference from other workplaces: no men.
While they don’t discriminate against men joining, these two Minneapolis-based coworking spaces cater specifically to women, nonbinary and trans entrepreneurs, freelancers and other workers.
The attraction? Members cite a need for a safer space, a community that inspires and sparks creativity, and a network that boosts business.
“When you center women, nonbinary and trans folks, it’s about feeling seen and heard and understood in a space that’s for you,” said Alex West Steinman, CEO and cofounder of The Coven. “Many times, when they go to work they have to put a mask on and be somebody who they are not. So what would happen if you walked into a space and you could be your full self to work … and feel like you don’t have to shed personalities to fit in or feel comfortable?”
It is a business concept that came out of New York City in 2016 and is quickly spreading across the country and into Minnesota.
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The founders of The Coven and ModernWell spoke about the need for such shared workspaces and how they can foster better work performance.
Alex West Steinman, CEO and co-founder, The Coven
Julie Burton, CEO and founder, ModernWell