MEET JAMIE RUSSO
Where passions for entrepreneurship and personal wellness meet, you’ll find Jamie Russo, the Founder of Everything Coworking.
A self-described nerd, Jamie has an MBA from the University of Chicago in finance and entrepreneurship. She’s a spreadsheets, pro-formas, DCFs kind of woman. She also ran marketing departments for Fortune 500 brands after business school, and she was the COO of a healthcare startup after that.
But when Jamie took a good, hard look at her career, she realized that she wasn’t living her truth. She had a personal need to be with her tribe and a belief that the human pursuit of wellbeing shouldn’t be limited to the hours before 9 am and after 5 pm.
I spent a lot of years loving life in start-ups and a few years in corporate America getting my soul sucked. In my last start-up, I was part of a very passionate healthcare company whose mission is to help people live healthier lives… but I felt like an imposter. We were operating in painful corporate environments, trying to force health messages on employees that were so crushed by lack of light and cubicle walls that they had no ear for our message.
I love business but I also love people, and I saw a need for a major paradigm shift—to start from scratch with workspaces and cultures to empower wellbeing. Long story short, my first coworking space, Enerspace Coworking, opened in 2011.
But, like it was yesterday, I can still feel the wild excitement, the energy of a journey to fulfill a dream… as well as the fear, the loneliness, and the stress of not knowing what I didn’t know. I did this thing all by myself back in 2011. And today, there’s no excuse for that. There’s industry data, knowledge, and wisdom to be tapped and shared.
So this is how I impact the world. I create content and experiences to make sure that no one has to do this thing alone.
– Jamie Russo, Founder of Everything Coworking
Today, Jamie’s experience in the coworking industry includes recruiting investors, opening and operating two coworking spaces, and all-out selling a coworking business. She serves as the Executive Director of the Global Workspace Association (GWA), and she speaks regularly at industry conferences such as the GWA/NAIOP Office Evolution Conference, Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC), and Worktech. In the past, she served for two years as President of the League of Extraordinary Coworking Spaces. If you’re interested in working with Jamie or inviting her to speak, you can contact her here.