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Member Highlights – Cindy Hagen

Cindy Hagen, Owner
Hagen Insurance Partners

What do I do:

I am an independent insurance agent. Currently my focus is individual and small group health insurance, as well as Medicare. I also offer vision, dental, life, and disability insurance, as well as travel insurance. Basically I offer insurance that covers you, the person. I don’t offer auto, home, or umbrella insurance – that’s just too much for my brain to handle at this time (but I can refer you to colleagues if that is what you are looking for).

Favorite Books:

This is so hard to answer as I always have 2-3 books going at any one time. I tend to veer towards mysteries, sci-fi/fantasy, and YA, with a bit of historical fiction on the side. Still Life by Louise Penny, Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, and The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (WWII female spies!) have been recent favorites.

Insider Tips on Health Insurance:

Open Enrollment is coming soon! If you purchase your own health insurance or have Medicare, open enrollment for 2019 is coming up soon! I don’t think there are going to be many big changes in 2019 – I think companies are hesitant to introduce new plans or tweak benefits until they know what is going to happen with the Affordable Care Act. I can guarantee that rates will go up, as they always do. Rates are still being approved, but companies requested rate hikes from 6-30%. Medicare rates tend to be a bit more stable, so I don’t expect huge increases in that market.

If you purchased your insurance on the WAHealthPlanFinder then Open Enrollment is November 1 – December 15. If you have a Medicare plan, your open enrollment is October 15 – December 7. If you have coverage through your employer, your open enrollment may be this fall, but it could be other times throughout the year (check with your HR department). Did you know that you don’t have to pay an agent to help you navigate the insanity? I am paid on commission by the insurance companies, and if you don’t have an agent the company will happily keep that commission payment for themselves.

What do you do?

So what do I actually do? I help you navigate the choices that are available to you – I am licensed with the companies that sell individual insurance in WA, and am familiar with their products, benefits and networks. I can assist with the application process, help you figure out if you qualify for tax credits to subsidize your premiums, and figure out if your doctors and prescriptions are covered by the insurance company. If none of the plans meet all of your needs, I can help you decide what your best option is (Although sometimes I feel like I help people pick the best of the worst.). Once you have a policy, I can be your advocate with the insurance company if you have problems with bills, claims, or other issues. I can also deal with the WAHealthPlanFinder on your behalf – I know the website can be frustrating, but I use it daily and can remove most of that burden from you.

Why I cowork and what I love about WP:

I worked at home for 6-7 years, and spent a lot of time in my car driving to meet clients.  I also got to know local coffee shops better than I wanted to!  The thing about health and life insurance is that folks often want to meet in person, but they don’t want you to see their messy living room, and a coffee shop may feel too public a space to talk about their needs.  I was also finding that I was easily distracted at home.   One day I fell down an internet rabbit hole and read an article by a working mom – she wrote about her coworking space, and how it helped her work more effectively.  I figured that there had to be some similar options in Seattle, and lo and behold, Works Progress was just a mile away!  I did 2 days a week for the first month I was at WP, and loved it.  I jumped to a full time fixed desk and haven’t looked back.  Even though we are all doing our own thing, it’s a bit of silent encouragement every time I walk in the door.  WP is in a great location, the conference rooms are a huge benefit, and I really enjoy the people here.

Member Highlight – Lewis Lin

Lewis C. Lin is an author, entrepreneur, tech executive, and public speaker.

What do you do?

I’m CEO of two companies: PeopleMaven and Impact Interview. If Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey can run two companies at once, I can too!

PeopleMaven allows you to save, share, and discover amazing people from talented software engineers to homeopathic doctors.

Impact Interview provides interview coaching services for job seekers.

What are a few interesting points about you​?

Dream job: Subway Sandwich Artist

TV show I’m currently watching: Westworld Season 2

What I eat for breakfast: Cupcakes

Favorite drink: The Taro Cocktail that Paul Made 2 Years Ago

You’ll find me saying: “Awesome” or “Dude”

I’m also a proud owner of two rescue piñatas, Larry & Sergey. Inches away from a grisly beheading in 2017, you’ll now find them in our office. Come by and say hello. They love treats!

What are a few interesting points about your work​?

I spend my work day reading about fascinating people, featured on PeopleMaven.

My favorite discovery so far: Hedy Lamarr. Lamarr was a 1940s Hollywood starlet AND invented radio guidance technology for World War II torpedoes. Her invention is now the foundation of AirPods and other Bluetooth devices today.

Why not have it all?

Why do you cowork​?

Compared with working at home or a coffee shop, it has the following benefits:

Fewer distractions

Professional environment for client-facing companies

Amenities including reception, delivery, kitchen facilities

What you love about Works Progress​?

Community is the first thing that comes to mind. Marnee and Mary do an incredible job in finding the nicest members. They also nurture members with an endless array of events from monthly lunches, holiday white elephant parties, and Star Wars movie nights.

Seattle Collaborative Space Alliance – Public Statement

Pleased to share the following statement from the Seattle Coworking Community and proud to be part of this strong and diverse community of individuals: 

Coworking Seattle Calls for Action:

We seek the immediate reunification of families, humane and ethical treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers, and call for action to properly document and take care of all immigrant children in our custody.

As members of the Seattle coworking industry, who have built businesses on the values of Community, Openness, Collaboration, Diversity, Sustainability, and Accessibility, we jointly and strongly condemn the inhumane treatment of immigrant children evidenced by the United States Department of Justice in the past two months. We also strongly condemn the practice of separating children from their families and persecuting asylum seekers.

We believe that innocent children should not be separated from their parents. We believe the “Zero Tolerance” directive issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is cruel, immoral and outrageous and demand a plan for the safe and immediate reunification of families, timely processing of asylum seekers, and the fair and ethical treatment of all immigrants, legal or otherwise.

As a nation of immigrants, we demand and expect better, and call on our community to do the same.

Member Highlight – Sherry Bosse Lueders

Sherry Bosse Lueders – Of Counsel Attorney with Stacey L. Romberg, Attorney at Law

What do you do?

I’m a lawyer! I provide legal advice to clients regarding business law, estate planning, and probate.

What are a few interesting points about you​?

​I have an awesome rescue dog, Emily, who is not as into coworking as I am, sadly; she prefers her home office. I’m originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, but I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest for almost 20 years. I worked as a web developer before I went to law school. I like to ride my bike, jog around Ballad, and cross-country ski.

In addition to my work advising clients in estate planning, probate, and business law matters, I’m a fisheries policy geek and I most recently collaborated on research investigating litigation over catch share fishery management.  I have an undergraduate degree in fiction writing, and I remain a voracious reader. I love to talk about books!

What are a few interesting points about your work​?

Stacey Romberg started her law firm in 1999 as a virtual firm, and it remains a virtual firm. We all work from home offices. My work includes advising new businesses regarding entity formation, working with businesses to create “template” contracts, reviewing and negotiating commercial leases, and advising clients regarding the purchase or sale of a business. I also draft wills and trusts and other estate planning documents, as well as represent clients in both routine and complex probates. My first client as an attorney was a woman farmer pursing a discrimination claim against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We met in a Works Progress conference room.

Why do you cowork​?

I cowork because I like the community, the flexibility of having an office outside my home when I need one, and a welcoming, professional space to meet with clients.

While my home office is my main office, you’ll find me at a “sit here” desk at Works Progress in between meetings with clients, when school is not in session and my son takes over my office for art projects, or when I just need a change of scenery so that I can focus on a writing project away from distractions (I’m a procrastibaker).

What you love about Works Progress​?

I love that I can join a debate about the best technique to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to preserve its structural integrity, that I can get a cup of darn good coffee while I work, that there are yoga ball chairs, and that I can feel like I’m part of the community, even if I don’t cowork every day.

I was an early Works Progress member when my son was a toddler, and I was starting a solo law practice. I needed a space where I could go and get work done.

After a brief hiatus from coworking, I was so excited to return to Works Progress when our firm was looking for a space to meet with clients that was in the neighborhood and that fit the personality of a virtual law firm. Bland conference rooms are not our style!

Member Highlight – Sondra Kornblatt

Sondra Kornblatt, Founder Restful Insomnia

Sondra KornblattRestful Insomnia

What you do​?

I help people who have trouble sleeping move into deep rest. Deep rest reduces the stress of insomnia, renews for more energy the next day, and opens the door to sleep as well. I teach Restful Insomnia techniques through individual coaching; online and in-person training; and video, including a series on insomnia from current events.​

What are a few interesting points about you​?

​I own Sadie, the BEST dog in the world (no kidding, ask anyone at WP), I love free-form dance, and I just got back from Australia watching my daughter’s USA team win the world championship in Ultimate Frisbee.

What are a few interesting points about your work​?

I love helping people realize they have options to renew when they can’t sleep — that they don’t have to suffer, take meds, or just get up. It’s amazing to see how it transforms their nights and days.

Why do you cowork​?

I started coworking when my youngest daughter left for college— I’d have been alone day and night (other than Sadie) if I worked at home, since my husband died about 10 years ago. But now, I can’t imagine working any where else. I have coworkers — yes they have different jobs and companies and industries! — than I do, but we share weekend adventures, struggles, and successes.

What you love about Works Progress​?

How high can I speak the praises of Marnee? She’s created a community, and not just for show. It’s what she values, and she really wants us to thrive as a community and individuals. From the amusing names of the meeting rooms (I love the Shrieking Shack telephone room) to member lunches and happy hours, to commitment to be as eco-friendly as possible, I DO work at home. But my work home is WorksProgress.

Member Highlight – Yutaka Tamura – Executive Director of nXu

Yutaka Tamura, Executive Director at nXu

Member Highlight

Yutaka Tamura – Executive Director of nXu

What are some interesting points about you?What do you do?

Akin to the Boy and Girl Scouts that help youth navigate the wilderness, nXu cultivates a sense of purpose in high school age youth, helping them develop their inner compass as well as the skills necessary to navigate the 21st century wilderness.  As an emerging youth-driven network, we bring together racially and socioeconomically diverse cohorts of high schoolers from different school types for unconventional, immersive, city-based purpose explorations fueled by a volunteer team of coaches. nXu participants take advantage of their home city—from parks and museums to companies and nonprofits—as a foundational resource to understand themselves, build their community, broaden their perspectives, and, most importantly, develop a sense of purpose.

I’m founder of Excel Academy Charter Schools and served for several years as the Chief Operating Officer of Relay Graduate School of Education.  I spent the first several years of my career as a management consultant at The Parthenon Group. I earned my B.A., magna cum laude, from Amherst College, and earned my MAT with distinction from Relay Graduate School of Education.

Why do you cowork?

Given my team is dispersed nationally, coworking allows me to have a sense of community.  It also allows me to work flexibly.

What you love about Works Progress?

The warm, non-corporate vibe.

We’re hiring!

Works Progress is seeking a motivated individual to work part-time as our mail services account coordinator. This position will include the management, maintenance, and growth of our current business mail, virtual business, and Registered Agent account services. In addition, the position may assist with office reception and other duties as assigned.

The position is $15/hour and will average 5-10 hours per week. This position may grow with the right person. Preferred hours are between 4pm-6pm Monday through Friday, but are flexible and may vary.

For more information, please send an email inquiry.

Meet a Member Monday

While it’s still technically Monday, we’d like to introduce you to Cindy Hagen, our very own in-house health insurance expert! A life long Seattleite, she is the daughter of a retired independent insurance agent, and has grown up around the business. She has been her own boss since 2007, since buying out her father’s business, Hagen Insurance Partners. In her time off, you will find her reading a good book, shuttling her kids to their activities, going to a Mariner game, or waiting for the next Doctor Who episode to be released. With so many independents around the office, it’s great to have Cindy as a resource for our health insurance questions! #meetamemebermonday

Meet a Member Monday


Works Progress member Cari Simson is the owner and founder of Urban Systems Design, specializing in projects that exemplify effective public-private partnerships, inter-agency coordination, and community engagement to transform the built environment. “My professional work is committed to improving the built environment by ensuring multi-stakeholder collaboration in an innovative, participatory design process.” In addition to her sustainable urban design business, Cari is also the founder of the Duwamish Infrastructure Restoration Training – DIRT Corps, which focuses on growing green infrastructure careers through on-the-job training for diverse young adults. We are thrilled to have Cari and her team running sustainable green infrastructure projects out of Works Progress!

Meet a Member Monday

Works Progress member Gonzalo Chirinos is an electrical engineer and world technology manager working for an international technology company focused on mineral processing, water treatment, and mining solutions. As part of his responsibilities, he travels within the Northwest Region and other states or countries where his presence is needed. We are happy that he has chosen Works Progress as his home office in Seattle whenever he’s not traveling!