Episode 21: Angel Kwiatkowski talks about DIY Coworking
I’m chatting with Cohere Madame, Angel Kwiatkowski about building and sustaining a small coworking space, DIY everything, and her latest project, launching a rehearsal space for musicians.
About Angel Kwiatkowski
Angel Kwiatkowski is the founder of Cohere, the first and largest community-managed shared office space in Fort Collins, Colorado. Since its opening in 2010, Cohere has helped more than 100 local freelancers and remote employees integrate in their community to achieve professional and personal success.
The co-author of the first-ever ebooks about coworking, Angel was the token female panelist at the first-ever Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC USA), and is among the few female coworking consultants in America. In addition to these firsts, she also founded Fort Collins’ first niche collaborative rehearsal space for musicians in 2015. Voted “Most Likely to Change the World” in high school, she confesses to being more enamored with the Junior Fire Chief post she was awarded in third grade.
A failed stay-at-home mom, Angel frequently bakes cookies and brownies for Cohere’s members in between taking conference calls and drum lessons. She is currently creating a collaborative alliance of local coworking spaces (the first in Fort Collins, naturally). She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in organizational performance and change, and a certificate of participation.
About Coworking With Iris
Coworking With Iris was created to help drive the coworking movement as a whole towards sustainable success through sharing the stories and insights of workspace creators, community catalysts, and coworking thought leaders.
Iris Kavanagh works with shared workspace organizations to streamline operations and develop dynamic communities. She fell in love with coworking when, as a member in 2009, she realized how powerful the experience of a real, in-person community was and quickly started thinking of ways to change the world through the coworking model. Iris led the NextSpace team during initial expansion from 1 location to 9 and co-founded the League of Extraordinary Coworking Spaces and COSHARE, produced Freelance Camps and has spoken at various conferences including the Global WorkSpace Association Conference and the Global Coworking Unconference Conference.
Iris currently consults, leads Coworking Mastermind groups, heads the board of directors of COSHARE and showcases industry and movement leaders through her media series, Coworking with Iris. She lives in Santa Cruz, California with her two kids, two cats and two chickens.
Visit CoworkingConsultant.co to learn about working with Iris.
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