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Our Team

Evolving the workplace, together.
Meet our team.
Our team has a combined forty years of operating experience in the coworking industry, as well as twenty years of experience in HR and culture consulting. Considered all together, we are a one-of-a-kind consultancy with a global reach that is committed to helping clients enhance the experience of work for company employees and developers’ tenants.
Partner

Drew Jones, PhD

Drew Jones, Ph.D., is an organizational consultant, management professor, and writer. He has consulted with large and small firms over the past 15 years, and has written three books, including the first book (co-written) on coworking. His most recent book, The Fifth Age of Work: How Companies Can Re-Design Work to be More Innovative in a Cloud Economy– provides a roadmap to a future world of work. He has been involved in coworking since 2007, and most recently was co-owner and partner at Conjunctured Coworking– Austin, Texas’ first coworking space. He is based in Austin, Texas.

Drew has been a speaker at the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) and at Steelcase Workspring on the topic of Future of Work.

Partner

David Walker

David is one of the original pioneers of the global coworking movement. He brings nine years experience working in the coworking industry, having co-founded and led operations at Conjunctured, the first coworking space in Austin and one of the original coworking communities in the world. Today, there are 53 coworking spaces in Austin and over 11,000 spaces across the world. Conjunctured has received global acclaim, not only for being an innovative workspace alternative, but also for its unique community-first approach to work and thought leadership in the coworking industry.

In September 2014, after six years of coworking, the Conjunctured house closed its doors. Following its closure, in an effort to open the ‘coworking model’ into greater society, Conjunctured partners, Drew and David, launched a hybrid consultancy called The OpenWork Agency. The OpenWork Agency is a coworking consultancy that helps real estate developers, companies, and potential operators assess, plan, and execute coworking solutions. On the OpenWork consulting team, we have a combined 40+ years of experience in the coworking industry, and have developed a turnkey model for helping others succeed in the industry.

Walker graduated in 2006 with a Marketing degree from The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas along with a concentration in Sociology. David’s mission is to help evolve outdated models of work into dynamic, ecosystems of collaboration.

Partner

Benjamin Dyett

Benjamin was a mild-mannered lawyer who woke up one day and, together with some partners, decided, Hey, let’s change the future of work.

So, along with his friends, Stuart and Karina, and Co:, Cool Hunting, Behance, Magic + Might and Breakfast, he created Grind, a platform for working in a whole new way, outside the system. Built for free-range humans who carry their offices in their backpacks, Grind is the antidote to everything you knew about work. It’s dedicated to taking all of the frustrations of the old work experience and pulverizing them to a dust so fine it actually oils the wheels of the machine (sorry, old work experience, but you had it coming).

Grind #1 is located at 29th and Park Avenue South in Manhattan. It has 100+ workspaces—from desks you can crank at to couches you can lounge on to conference rooms you can kibitz in—and a lot of really big windows (light is good). Other Grind locations are in the works for New York (West side, June 2013), Chicago (July 2013), Los Angeles, Washington DC and London.

Throughout his career, Benjamin has founded, funded, operated and advised successful start-ups. He has long experience in real estate and corporate law, has represented financial institutions and prominent businesspeople, owned his own consulting firm, and has always been at the epicenter of where business and imagination meet.

Workplace Strategist, Co-Founder of @grindspaces, the Antidote to the Office, Grill Master, Sailing Enthusiast, Blues Lover

Partner

Liz Elam

Liz has become a prominent voice in the coworking movement. Since opening Link Coworking in 2010, the company has become a hub for Austin’s innovators, giving them an ideal place to create and connect. She is a founding member and was the first President of the League of Extraordinary Coworking spaces (LEXC) and helped form Coshare. She has hosted the annual Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) for four years running, bringing together key influencers in coworking from all over the globe. Recently GCUC expanded to Canada, Australia, South America, and has a big announcement coming soon…

Liz has been featured in the New York Times (3 times), CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Inc. and numerous other outlets. She has visited 200+ coworking spaces around the world.

Consultant

Craig Baute

Craig Baute is the founder of Creative Density and the Denver coworking coalition, Denver Coworks. He has been active in the coworking scenes of Michigan, Canada, and Colorado since 2009. He is a coworking consultant, specializing in strategy and analysis for economic development and property owners. Associate market researcher with an MBA and a specialty in consumer and industry research, new product development, web advertising, and design thinking.

Specialties: Consumer Research, Industry Research, Strategic Planning, New Product Development.

Craig is a board member of CoShare, the first coworking association in the USA

Email:craig@densitycoworking.com

Consultant

Iris Kavanagh

As the Chief Community Officer of NextSpace, I helped grow the company from an idea to nine locations – and counting. My primary role was to communicate and instill the organization’s culture in each new location. My guidance helped the staff develop vibrant communities, push the definition of collaboration, and convey the culture to visitors and prospective new employees. As part of an amazing team, I helped build NextSpace Coworking into one of the most successful coworking companies in the world. Along the way, I co-founded the two coworking industry associations, LExC and COSHARE, and co-developed industry specific events including leading the unconference at GCUC for two years.

Expertise includes: Coworking Staff, Community and Facilities Management; Driving Growth with Strategic Community Building

Email:iris@iriskavanagh.com

Consultant

Jerome Chang

Jerome is a licensed architect and entrepreneur. He founded and designed BLANKSPACES in 2008, the first in Southern California, and one of the first coworking spaces in the U.S. He has always focused on crafting creative office experiences for both his own and private clients’ spaces. As an owner-architect-operator, he has gained unique insights into how collaborative spaces work, and more particularly, how to design revenue generating spaces.

Jerome holds a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University; Master of Engineering and Bachelors of Science degrees from Cornell University.

Consultant

Tony Bacigalupo

Tony Bacigalupo is a director at Open Coworking, a nonprofit that advocates for coworking worldwide. An avid organizer, Tony has been working on the development of coworking communities and support ecosystems for the new workforce since 2007.

He was cofounder and Mayor of NYC’s first dedicated coworking space, New Work City, from 2008 to 2015. He’s also the organizer of the Coworking Community NYC Meetup and co-organizer of the Dynamic Coworking Meetup.

Tony has experience consulting urban-level community development projects, including the Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project in Las Vegas, Bell Works in Holmdel, NJ, the 312 Main project in Vancouver, and the Hive at 55 (now LMHQ) in Lower Manhattan (the first coworking space run by a Business Improvement District).

Tony also has authored one book and co-authored another (No More Sink Full of Mugs: Lighten your workload, increase participation, and build better culture in your coworking space and I’m Outta Here: How coworking is making the office obsolete), and has spoken at various events around the world including SXSW, GCUC, and Maker Faire.

Learn more about Tony on TwitterFacebook, or LinkedIn.

Advisor/Board Member

Greg Lindsay

Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is a contributing writer for Fast Company, author of the forthcoming book Engineering Serendipity, and co-author ofAerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next. He is also a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative, a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, and a research affiliate of the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI).


Greg co-authored the October 2014 Harvard Business Review article, “Workspaces That Move People

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