Understanding how shared space members connect to people and ideas is critical to building a community, but understanding how they respond to their environment is a critical component to the success of innovative workspaces for the growing creative class. Learn from experienced coworking professionals on flexible working design and furniture.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, board member Iris Kavanagh moderated a discussion sought after coworking founders Jerome Chang of Blankspaces voted 30 Most Influential People In Coworking 2016, Jacob Martinez of Digital Nest who spoke in 2015 at the first White House Tech Meetup and was named by Tech Crunch as one of 2014’s Top 10 Men Making Waves for Women in Tech and Mara Hauser an entrepreneur, designer and the force behind 25N Coworking. If you are considering opening a space or you’re gearing up to make impactful changes to the design of your coworking space – this webinar is for you.

The webinar is 1:03 minutes and you can watch it here.

Jacob’s Bio:

Prior to establishing the Digital NEST in 2014, Jacob Martinez spent ten years leading innovative computer-based programs in California schools and beyond, with a particular focus on encouraging Latina girls to enter high tech fields. He is a frequent speaker at technology and educational conferences and symposia, and has been honored by business, community, and educational institutions for his innovation and leadership. He spoke in 2015 at the first White House Tech Meetup and was named by Tech Crunch as one of 2014’s Top 10 Men in the Country Supporting Women in Technology. Jacob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a Masters degree in Instructional Science and Technology from California State University, Monterey Bay. Jacob recently received a recommendation letter from former United States Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta.

Jerome’s Bio:

Jerome is the founder and a still practicing licensed architect. Because he is an early pioneer of coworking, Jerome has co-founded LExC, a League of Extraordinary Coworking (the first national network of coworking spaces); COSHARE (the first national association of shared spaces); and the TBD-name first organization of coworking providers in LA. Jerome honed his design skills at Clive Wilkinson Architects (CWA), known worldwide for the office headquarters of Google, Chiat/Day and Mother Advertising. Prior to CWA, Jerome was a designer at SFJones Architects, which has designed renowned restaurants such as Spago Beverly Hills, Nobu Malibu, Hamasaku, and Lucky Strike Bowl. Jerome holds a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University; Master of Engineering and Bachelors of Science degrees from Cornell University. He instilled some right-brain training and a little more left-brain to develop BLANKSPACES. And with each project for BLANKSPACES and for private clients, Jerome iterates and improves the various elements that constitute the BLANKSPACES experience.

Mara’s Bio:

Mara Hauser is an entrepreneur, an interior designer, a mother of two, and the driving force behind 25N Coworking. A graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Interior Design, she has been bringing her unique and innovative visions to workplaces nationwide for more than 30 years. Although her corporate design experience spans numerous industries and company sizes, her forte is designing workspaces for enterprise companies with 10 or more locations. This includes corporate offices as well as businesses in the hospitality and banking arenas. Attuned to the interplay between worker and office environment, she has now turned her focus to crafting inventive workspaces for the home-based entrepreneur, independent worker, and contingent employee. Mara’s design objective is to efficiently utilize space, furniture, and equipment to leverage productivity while also satisfying a worker’s fundamental needs for privacy, comfort, camaraderie, community, and convenience. Her experience in hospitality and customer service influences her as she works to build environments fit for creativity, collaboration, and community engagement.

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