Audrey Gelman, Lauren Kassan, and Diedra Nelson
- Age32, 31, 38
- TitleCEO and cofounder; COO and cofounder; CFO
- CompanyThe Wing
The millennial-pink walls and tonal upholstery at The Wing’s woman-centric coworking spaces/social clubs may be dismissed by some as just aesthetics, but in fact every detail was chosen to make women comfortable: custom furniture designed to fit the average woman’s frame; colors proven to increase concentration and creativity. The all-woman leadership team, including cofounders Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan and CFO Diedra Nelson, oversees an empire that is expanding faster than WeWork or SoulCycle at this stage in its history. The original location opened in October 2016; by this fall The Wing will have 10 outposts, including its first international space, in London. The team has raised more than $117 million in two years, and The Wing is close to hitting 10,000 members. Meanwhile, connections between members are sparking ideas in all arenas—political campaigns have been conceived, magazines and startups launched, and a startup accelerator event has funded an initial group of 10 finalists. All this and a coworking space free of mansplainers? No wonder women are signing up.
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