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Member Highlight – Sondra Kornblatt

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!

8 Guilt Free Tips for Leaving Early on Fridays This Summer

Your hammock is calling – don’t let work get in the way of a beautiful relationship!

It’s summertime and you want to get the heck out of the office on Friday afternoons. This can be hard to manage for the hard working solopreneur. We know the type. You are working all the time, even on vacation.

This is our list of 8 guilt-free ways to clinch getting out of the office early on Fridays and enjoying the summer sun:

  1. Don’t multitask: You’re a one-person show; we know that means you’ve got the attention span of a five year old. But don’t let that stop you from using laser focus to get out of the office and into summer early on a Friday afternoons! Stay off social media. Don’t engage with water cooler conversations. No Netflix.
  2. No Meetings: You can start your Fridays off early by being the master of your own calendar – all week. Don’t schedule meetings or calls on Friday. This will only interrupt your to-do list and generate more work to complete before you leave your desk.
  3. Finish at least one project: Let’s face it, that monster to-do list is not going anywhere and you are not going to slay it before the weekend begins. Pick one thing that you can cross off and get it done.
  4. Get organized for NEXT WEEK: You’ve been a busy beaver, go over your meeting notes and to-do items and create an action list for next week. What didn’t happen this week that still needs to get done? Schedule meetings and plan due dates that will move projects forward and make next week feel more successful.
  5. Say NO to Email interruptions: Unless you’re deleting emails or reviewing action items, don’t let arriving email interrupt you. Check it once in the morning and once about 2 hours before you leave.
  6. Back up your computer: How long has it been? 3 months? 6 months? Longer? Slacker.
  7. Lead generation: Do one thing that helps grow your business. Pick up the phone and call a potential client. Review and complete one action item on your marketing plan. Create content for next week and schedule it. Update your ads and discounts. Follow-up on a new lead. Pick one.
  8. Research: There’s never time to review your statistics, past ad campaigns, AdWords results, intake logs, survey results, best practices, any of it. Take some time on Fridays to do some research on current trends in your market, customer/client feedback, or the results of your most recent marketing efforts. Let this help steer your priorities for next week.

You’ve gone down the check-list and you’re still sitting at your desk? Get out outside work-a-holic!

Introducing Our Newest Team Member!

New Community Cultivator

Our Newest Team Member, Mary!

Works Progress is pleased to introduce Mary, our new Receptionist and Community Cultivator. Mary has been a member of the Works Progress community for two years and has already been volunteering with our team. 

Mary is an entrepreneur and long-time coworking space member. She is a strong believer in the value of coworking spaces and the support they offer members in creating work-life balance and an independent lifestyle. Mary has worked in diverse fields from health care to high tech to property management and we are so pleased to have her join our team!

After growing up on a family farm, Mary says that the love of nature has never left her. When not at Works Progress, Mary spends her summers volunteering one day a week with a local organic farm and is currently participating in a two year training program to become a King County Master Gardener. Please join us in welcoming Mary when you see her at reception!

Fall In Love With Coworking in 2017

6 reasons why 2017 will be the year you fall in love with coworking

-Reposted from the Vibe Coworks, originally posted January 5, 2017

1. You finally understand what coworking actually is.

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Most people have no idea what coworking is. Or they think they do, but they’ve got it all wrong. This is the year you will have it all figured out. Lest there be any confusion, coworking isn’t about ‘holding hands and singing hymns while getting things done’ (thank you Sean Kelly @Spark Commons for clarifying that one…). But it’s also not something that’s only for high-tech start-ups, or just a place for shared office space–both misunderstandings that Works Progress’ Marnee Chua hears all the time.

“Until you see it,” says Marnee, “a lot of people don’t understand that the most important part of coworking is the community it provides for people who are otherwise isolated–people who work from home, telecommute, freelance or are starting their own small business. A neighborhood coworking space provides a location to share your experiences, network with peers and be more productive by helping to separate work time from home life.”

So go ahead, revel in the sense of freedom and personal responsibility that coworking can give you. “You get the perks of an office without ‘the boss’ breathing down your neck. And ideally you will meet some great people,” Sean told us. “Perhaps you’ll burst into song if you’re feeling a beat, too. Your call.”

2. Inspiration and passion are contagious.

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Ask Vibe Coworks cofounder, Marcel Imbach, what first got him hooked on coworking, and you’ll get an unequivocal reply: “the vibe.”

“I walked into my first coworking space and was immediately struck by the atmosphere,” he said. “It was a place where people had chosen to be, and everyone there was not only passionate about the work that they were doing, but interested in working alongside others that were equally driven by the work they were doing. People were visibly productive, happy and expressing creativity. That sort of atmosphere is contagious, and can inspire so many great new ideas and opportunities.”

In the same way that not every restaurant serves good food, not every coworking community offers that same contagiously motivational energy. That’s why it’s worth trying out as many different spaces as you need, until you find the one that lights that I-can-conquer-the-world fire in your belly. As in life, diversity of coworking spaces is a good thing. And now more than ever, you’ve got options.

3. Crazy cool things can happen to you at a coworking space.

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Take, for example, Spark Commons in Bremerton, where a local systems architect dropped by for the day to get some work done, only to discover that his employer was one of the biggest web development clients of Spark Commons founder, Sean Kelly. They’re a global company, making it–as Sean says–“surprising and serendipitous” for the two of them to meet and live in Kitsap.

Better yet, you might get to build some pretty solid relationships with people from entirely different industries than your own–people who you’d have no real excuse to meet otherwise. That’s the case for Vibe’s Marcel Imbach: architects and designers sit alongside naturopaths, journalists, financial analysts, lawyers, artists, authors and nonprofit pros. Somehow, miraculously, all of those peeps not only get along, but they enhance each others work just as often as they form formal business partnerships and unexpected friendships.

As if that weren’t exciting enough, you might also get to experience things like the Coworking Visa, a special nation-wide pass that allows members of participating coworking spaces to work from another space for free, usually up to 3 days while traveling. The fact that a dad from Works Progress was able to swap membership spots for a week with a dad from Office Nomads in Seattle while juggling the summer camp / childcare shuffle with their daughters is just one of the crazy cool coworking things that Works Progress cofounder, Marnee Chua loves to talk about.

4. More money, more time, more happy.

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Why? Because, as Office Xpats cofounder Leslie Schneider explains, “coworking gives more people the chance to work, and therefore spend local, and be closer to their family’s needs. It gives one-person businesses the chance to grow within an informal incubator, and without any commitment to long-term leases. Coworking gives an entire community of professionals the chance to find each other, develop trust and eventually do some business with one another.”

And while coworking opens up a world of possibility for everyone, it can be an especially powerful option for women. “We’ve found that the highest barriers for women in their careers and in operating small businesses come down to 3 things: access to capital; access to female coaches and mentors within their field; and access to flexible and affordable childcare”, said Marnee Chua, who has also cofounded the Women’s Business Incubator in Seattle. Coworking can help break down all of those barriers by building networks, connecting people and ideas and offering an effective infrastructure for more flexible work-life integration.

5. You realize that your home office, coffee shop and brick and mortar office are all great… until you try a coworking space.

To really understand what coworking has to offer, you first need to try working from home, a few coffee shops and a brick and mortar office. Once you do, Leslie Schneider swears you’ll know exactly what you’re missing when you try working from a coworking space instead.static1-squarespace-4

Cortney Stehlik-Freeman sings the same song. She started the Central Kitsap & Bremerton Coworking MeetUp in 2015, after leaving full-time employment to work for herself and finding the daily grind of the work-from-home life stifling, both physically and creatively.

“Coworking spaces have a different feel than ‘normal’ offices,” she told us. “You’re there with coworkers, there’s coffee brewing and copiers running…but there’s a more productive and creative atmosphere than there is at a typical office. I do a combination of working from home, from coffee shops and from a coworking space on different days, depending on what my work requires that day. I like that my coworking space gives me a place to meet with clients and colleagues in a more professional setting than a coffee shop. On days that I cowork, I feel more productive, which I think is attributable to the productivity of the atmosphere and the people around me.”

6. You finally have options, right here in YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD!

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Stay local this year and find a coworking community right in your neighborhood! Thanks to changing remote work policies, improved technology and with over 30 coworking spaces in the Greater Puget Sound, you can finally be the master of your own work+life balance.

Cortney Stehlik-Freeman is convinced that we are living in a “very exciting time for entrepreneurs and others who choose to live their lives according to their own design.” You catch that? According to their own design. “Essentially, it means that we can finally do the work that we want, while also creating the lifestyle we want.”

Ready to give coworking a try? DO IT! Hit up a local coworking space or two, and find a coworking community that matches your needs and style!

Fang-tastic October Discounts!

imagesWorks Progress is now 5,000 sf with more private offices and coworking space – now with more dedicated desks available!

Receive 50% off your first months membership if you sign-up for a dedicated desk in October.  Not ready for a dedicated desk? First time sign-ups can receive 20% discount off their first months’ membership for any part-time package.

Sign-up for a tour and free trial day today! 

Not sure what package is best for you? Works Progress offers two types of coworking memberships: full-time or part-time. Need 24/7 access? Members of one month or longer can sign-up for 24/7 access with an annual fee.

We are the only coworking space in Seattle to offer hourly and daily packages for part-time members. You pick the set of hours or days that works best for you, let us take care of the rest!

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