Sanj Takhar: a Coworking Woman in STEM who knows her power

Sanj Takhar

Business:  Marketing Lead at Mindset


What is at the heart of your business?

Focus

 

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?

To be a part of a community of strong women.

 

Shecosystem’s core values are openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?

Community. Its so important to surround yourself with likeminded people.

 

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?

I look to give and receive support, encouragement, insight.

 

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:

Yoga, sunshine breaks, time to laugh.

 

What’s your top piece of advice for other women entrepreneurs?

Know your power.


 

CONNECT WITH  SANJ!

Website: thinkmindset.com

Email: sanj@thinkmindset.com

 

Jake Hassel-Gren: LEAP Learning Lab

Jake Hassel-Gren

Business:  Founder of LEAP Learning Lab


What is at the heart of your business?

Enabling women to join forces and turn their combined resources and expertise into the power they need to make the life, and business they want.

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?

Because I believe women are more powerful and successful together.

What does thriving look like to you?

Thriving is about feeling good in my skin, giving to others, and contributing to my community.

Shecosystem’s core values are openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?

Community for sure! In fact, I believe a community is foundational to the future economic model for women entrepreneurs. To thrive, women entrepreneurs need to be willing to bring their businesses together to collaborate and build revenue in a likeminded community.

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?

I will give my time and my expertise. I am also willing to be a mentor for younger women in the community. I wish to receive support for my new business and hopefully access opportunities to deliver workshops, talks, and small group sessions based on topics relevant to the community.

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life: 

I am an avid Crossfitter and I am in my Crossfit box 5 mornings per week without fail

What’s your top piece of advice for other women entrepreneurs?

Seek direction from women who have gone before you, find your niche, find your community, hold your breath and leap!

CONNECT WITH  JAKE!

Website: leaplearninglab

Twitter: jakehg8

Instagram: Jake_hassel_gren

Facebook: leaplearninglab 

YouTube: LEAP Learning Lab

 

Jessica Rowen supports people during their career journey

Name: Jessica Rowen
Business:Marketing & Community ManagergdR | Grossman Dorland Recruiting


What is at the heart of your business?
Supporting people during their entire career journey.

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?

I had looked into many coworking spaces as an alternative to my office – somewhere to gain focus and inspiration – but none stood out like Shecosystem! The space and Emily Rose just spoke to my soul.

 

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?


I hope that I can be someone that holds space for other members – a shoulder to lean on or an ear to listen. I would also be very happy to provide advice or feedback on anything marketing or recruitment related. And for me, it’s about surrounding myself with inspiring women that push me to be my best self.

What does thriving Look like for you?

I hope that I can be someone that holds space for other members – a shoulder to lean on or an ear to listen. I would also be very happy to provide advice or feedback on anything marketing or recruitment related. And for me, it’s about surrounding myself with inspiring women that push me to be my best self.

Shecosystem’s core values are: openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?

Feminism. Because I believe the other core values are a result of truly embracing feminism.

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:

If I’m being honest, I don’t do a good job of this. I try to take walks, but it’s usually just to grab a coffee so that I can work more. This is definitely an area I would like to improve and feel that working at Shecosystem will help me do just that.

What’s your top piece of advice for other entrepreneurs?

“Nevertheless, she persisted.” — There will always be barriers, but if we help elevate each other, we all win.

Anything else we should know about you?

I am a co-director and mentor for the Parkdale Mentorship Program (PMP), I LOVE hip hop and I’m only discovering the greatness of Harry Potter now.

 

Women’s Coworking is more than blowouts + “No Boys Allowed”

 

In the first two weeks of 2017, as the moon swelled to fullness, so did Shecosystem. The first week back was quiet with kids still out of school and people staying home enjoying some solitude after the busy holiday season. But day by day, old and new faces started showing up.

 

They came to get back to work, to reconnect, to be witnessed as they shared their intentions for the New Year.  They came to socialize, and to work quietly. They came to hug friends, to meet clients, to host workshops, to ask for and to offer help.

 

They came for yoga classes and meditation circles, Coworking + Wellness, Meetups, the Women in Biz Network Mentor Mastermind, and our first All Member’s Meeting. In 2017, I know that there are lots of reasons people will come to Shecosystem.

 

Apparently, women’s coworking is kind of a thing right now. Just ask the Wall Street Journal and Business Week.

 

I’m not crazy about the “No boys allowed” tone of these headlines. Shecosystem is a women’s space, that’s for certain, but we welcome both women-identified people and allies of all genders. This is a controversial stance in many feminist circles that we will continue to evaluate based on member feedback. As I see it, we’re all about honouring feminine capital (see Orser & Eliott’s excellent book on this) in business for anyone who feels that these competencies, qualities and values have been suppressed and devalued by the patriarchal working world. It’s not about creating a club where girls rule and boys drool, as this condescending headline implies. We’re adults creating safe spaces for ourselves to exist and express – not exclude.

 

 

Another thing that irks me about these articles (which were clearly written in response to a kick-ass PR campaign by New York’s http://rzocoruse.comThe Wing” ) is how much airtime they give to blow-outs, expensive quinoa bowls and boutique beauty products. And it kills me when  the Bloomberg article says:

 

A man walks through the elevator doors, and Gelman throws him a friendly wave. “That’s our AV guy,” she says. “He’s basically the only man that comes through here.”

 

As if a space that boasts a library of over 1000 books by women couldn’t find an AV gal in all of New York City? I’m sure there’s much more to this space than “Women who look like they stepped out of an Urban Outfitters ad.” The Wing’s members are smart, fierce businesswomen and my beef is not with them – it’s with the media coverage.

 

Granted, The Wing does position itself as a pit-stop for women who don’t want to schlepp home to Brooklyn to change and do their hair between work & play.  In contrast, part of the reason I started Shecosystem is to give women a place to gather that’s NOT about shopping or beauty. A place to gather that’s about the wholeness of women’s experiences.

Shecosystem is less about dressing for success than it is about showing up to greet success in all your realness. It’s about succeeding by cultivating a positive relationship with the messiness of business and life rather than sanitizing or prettifying it.

 

These articles get women’s coworking on the map – and that’s a great thing – but I’d love to see some coverage that focuses more on the real value of women-positive coworking spaces and their role in advancing the aims of the feminist entrepreneurship movement (more on that in Liisbeth Magazine).

 


What do you think about our gender-inclusive policy? Do you wish we had a blowout bar? Get in touch – I want to know.

 And if you want to try working at Shecosystem and see if this feels like your work-life space, come spend a week here for free. 

January Meetups – Tuesdays with Liz Diaz and Heather Briggs

JOIN A GROUP OF HEART-CENTRED WORKING WOMEN WHO ARE COMMITTED TO MAKING SELF-CARE PART OF OUR WORKING LIVES.

We meet every Tuesday morning to cowork, support each other through mentorship, and take time to promote our holistic health & wellbeing.

We know that women – and their businesses – thrive when they are consciously connected with their bodies, minds, emotions, and with an authentic and supportive community.

So many of us struggle with isolation, depression and lack of motivation when we work alone. It helps to get our of our heads and connect with other entrepreneurs for support and inspiration!  Coworking promotes collaboration and creative engagement among independent workers.

When: Every Tuesday, 10AM-12PM (Pot-luck lunch 12-1PM)

Where: 703 Bloor Street W, 2nd Floor

What to bring: Laptop & work materials, and a dish or salad item to share at our pot-luck!


WHAT TO EXPECT

Coworking: After a quick check-in to set our intentions for the day, we get down to business for around 90 minutes. Each of us focusses on her own projects, occasionally turning to the group with a question, an insight or a helpful resource to share.

Mentorship: We always have a business mentor onsite to answer your questions, give feedback on your ideas, and connect you with the resources you need. This month our featured mentor is Heather Briggs of Radiate Real. Heather is a creative strategist, brand advisor and intuitive coach with an inside-out approach to developing feel-good content and communication that grows your business.

Wellness: After 90 minutes of work, we take a purposeful 20-minute wellness break. We look at wellness through a broad lens – activities may include dance, meditation, creative writing, yoga. This month our featured wellness facilitator is Liz Diaz of Awaken Your BlissLiz Diaz is Shecosystem’s Resident Wellness + Spiritual Guide. Her calling is to facilitate spaces for women to feel emotionally and intuitively empowered, spaces where your instincts are valued and developed. As a Spiritual life coach Liz is committed to journeying with you as you restore, rediscover and Awaken to Your Bliss.

If you are interested in volunteering as a monthly mentor or wellness facilitator in 2017, drop us a line with the subject line “Meetup Mentorship” at info@shecosystem.ca

 


JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY IN JANUARY

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Meetup Only:

Your registration includes coffee & tea and fast wifi and 2 hours of work & wellness.

Registration Fee:

$8 for Shecosystem Members (or one “Meetup” resource booked through Cobot)

$15 Non-members

$12 Women in Biz Network Members

Make a Day of it! Add a Day Pass and stay all day:

Your registration includes Meetup programming plus access to our flexible workspaces between 8AM-6PM on the day of the Meetup.

• Includes any additional free member programming that is happening in the space that day.

• Includes coffee + tea and fast wifi throughout the day.

• Join us for our regular Tuesday Potluck + Perspectives – share a dish or salad-bar ingredient and share your ideas, topics change by the week.

$25 Shecosystem Members – Register on our events page or through Cobot by booking a “Meetup + Day Pass” Resource!

$40 Non-members

$34 Women in Biz Network Members

More info: www.shecosystem.ca

Sign up!

December Meetups with Katia and Barbara

JOIN A GROUP OF HEART-CENTRED WORKING WOMEN WHO ARE COMMITTED TO MAKING SELF-CARE PART OF OUR WORKING LIVES.

We meet every Tuesday morning to cowork, support each other through mentorship, and take time to promote our holistic health & wellbeing.

We know that women – and their businesses – thrive when they are consciously connected with their bodies, minds, emotions, and with an authentic and supportive community. So many of us struggle with isolation, depression and lack of motivation when we work alone. It helps to get our of our heads and connect with other entrepreneurs for support and inspiration!  Coworking promotes collaboration and creative engagement among independent workers.

Shecosystem’s signature weekly Coworking, Wellness + Mentorship Meetups have been taking place in locations around Toronto since October 2015, and we are thrilled to finally hold space for this community to connect in our beautiful new coworking space at Bloor and Christie.

When: Every Tuesday, 10AM-12PM

Where: 703 Bloor Street W, 2nd Floor

What to bring: Laptop & work materials


WHAT TO EXPECT

Coworking:

After a quick check-in to set our intentions for the day, we get down to business for around 90 minutes. Each of us focusses on her own projects, occasionally turning to the group with a question, an insight or a helpful resource to share.

Mentorship:

We always have a business mentor onsite to answer your questions, give feedback on your ideas, and connect you with the resources you need. This month our featured mentor is Katia Millar is the Founder of Positive Fabulous Women – as well as a Mentor, Speaker, Connector, Social Media Maven and Business & Visibility Strategist supporting mission-driven entrepreneurs to stand out and be seen & heard.

Over the past 9 years, Katia has gone from being an overwhelmed, under-employed single Mom with no connections and no purpose, to creating a network of over 15K, hosting over 340 events, speaking to audiences on stage and on camera – and living a juicy life of purpose and service. She is passionate about helping others in shining their light and unleashing their fabulous so that they can do what they love and love what they do.

If you are interested in volunteering as a monthly mentor, drop us a line with the subject line “Meetup Mentorship” at info@shecosystem.ca

Wellness:

After 90 minutes of work, we take a purposeful 20-minute wellness break. We look at wellness through a broad lens – activities may include dance, meditation, creative writing, yoga. This month our featured mentor is Barbara Erochina. Barbara is an emotional wellness coach and founder of ‘Be With Cards’. She teaches people that the best way to speed up is to slow down. Her ‘Be With’ cards for self care suggest simple prompts to help you Be With yourself in the moment.

If you are interested in volunteering as a monthly wellness facilitator, drop us a line with the subject line “Meetup Mentorship” at info@shecosystem.ca


JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY IN DECEMBER

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Meetup Only:

Your registration includes coffee & tea and fast wifi and 2 hours of work & wellness.

Registration Fee:

$8 for Shecosystem Members (or one “Meetup” resource booked through Cobot)

$15 Non-members

$12 Women in Biz Network Members

Make a Day of it! Add a Day Pass and stay all day:

Your registration includes Meetup programming plus access to our flexible workspaces between 8AM-6PM on the day of the Meetup.

• Includes any additional free member programming that is happening in the space that day.

• Includes coffee + tea and fast wifi throughout the day.

• Join us for our regular Tuesday Potluck + Perspectives – share a dish or salad-bar ingredient and share your ideas, topics change by the week.

$25 Shecosystem Members – Register on our events page or through Cobot by booking a “Meetup + Day Pass” Resource!

$40 Non-members

$34 Women in Biz Network Members

More info: www.shecosystem.ca

Sign up:  https://www.shecosystem.ca/events-directory/

 

Shecosister Leigh Mitchell Reminds Us to Be Patient with Ourselves

Name: Leigh Mitchell

Business: Women in Biz Network

Title: Founder

 

What is at the heart of your business?

I love that question! It is helping women to thrive and be the best version of their self.

 

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?

Working in isolation leads to doubt, depression and is just not fun! I WANT TO GO TO WORK AND LAUGH, SMILE, AND CONNECT.

 

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?

I wish to give peace of mind to women within this community. If you are looking to be supported and give support to women then mentorship is where it is at and that is what Women in Biz Network is all about.

 

What does thriving look like for you?

Thriving to me is a balance of self-awareness, collaboration, compassion and every day learning.

 

Shecosystem’s core values are: openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?

Collaboration is how I thrive on a daily basis. I can accomplish shared goals that inspire and motivate collectively. I can’t think of anything more motivating than that.

 

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:

I run and meditate on a regular basis.

 

What’s your top piece of advice for other women entrepreneurs?

Be patient and kind to yourself. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

 

Anything else we should know about you?

I am an open book – after I left the corporate world I decided that I wanted to live in a world that valued vulnerability. After cautiously deciding to start a business I found myself constantly put in a position where I had to speak on stage and I found it terrifying.

Eventually I changed my approach, I stopped trying to be the “expert” and just let the “real me” speak openly with humour and resilience (against what I thought would be judgment). Once I did that, I increasingly felt at ease on stage and more comfortable in my own shaky shoes. Being “good enough” was just fine with me.

 

Want to become a Shecosister? Join us! 

If you’re already a member of Leigh’s Women in Biz Network, you’ll get 15% off your Shecosystem membership. Details here


 

Shecosystem is proud to collaborate with Women in Biz Network to offer Mentorship opportunities to our members! 

 

What is WIBN all about?

You are dedicated and determined to have fabulous life, career or business. Why not share all your loveliness with a community of like-minded women who value mentorship, support, honesty, collaboration plus a commitment to self care (who wants to burn out?). With locations in Toronto and Vancouver plus a thriving online community, you will find Women in Biz Network will allow you to truly thrive together! Remember we believe women supporting women will take the world by storm!

Women in Biz Network (#WIBN) is one of Canada’s fastest growing national organizations dedicated to professional & entrepreneurial development for women to thrive together in a shared economy. We empower our community by providing:

 

 

    • Career counselling programs for WIBN Members ONLY : Kickass Career Coaching, Linkedin Badassery and Resume Kickassery

 

    • The Thrive Mentor Mastermind: This is a truly unique opportunity for mindful entrepreneurs and professionals looking to thrive in their lives with the support of fellow WIBN Member participants and six mentors supporting each thrive pillar of your life!  This program was designed to create sustainable growth and positive change so that you can thrive in your business, career and life. 

 

    • A member only website with business directory, templates, tools, videos and action plans for success.

 

 

    • Discounts to events and a variety of lifestyle and business services – including 15% off Shecosystem memberships!

 

    • Opportunity to submit a variety of content to our web site such as advice, events, job postings, testimonials and more

 

    • Benefits plan

 

Investment:

From $20 per month or $200 per year (renewal only $125 per year!)

 

Shecosystem  members get 15% off Women in Biz Network Memberships!

Learn more at Women in Biz Network Membership Perks