School of Coworking: Community Managers Spring 2019

Week 1 
Introduction – Finding your WHY

4/25/19, 9am MST

Are you telling your best story? If you are focused on what you are doing instead of why you are doing it, you are leaving a lot on the table. People are inspired by vision and creating a compelling story around why you do what you do can mean the difference between succeeding and merely existing.

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Brian Watson | Proximity, Director of Community Development & Co-Founder

Brian Watson is an entrepreneur, connector, and community developer. Brian has been starting and running businesses since he was 17 and believes that entrepreneurship is the greatest tool we have to positively impact our communities. His startup, Proximity, strives to help connect the world’s mobile workforce through an innovative combination of hardware and software that manages coworking spaces across the world.

 

Week 2 
Fostering Community Within Your Space

5/2/19 9am MST

The biggest asset your coworking space has to offer is not the amenities associated with your facility, but the community that resides inside it. As the community manager, you are the driver for the culture and community being cultivated in your space. Learn how to connect with your members in a way that fosters both personal and professional growth.

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Jayson Harris | Blue Arrow Coworking, Co-Founder

Jayson is an experienced Co-Founder with a demonstrated history of working in small business and community building. He is skilled in Operations, Volunteer Management, Fundraising, Time Management, and Leadership. Strong operations professional with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) focused in Finance, from Ouachita Baptist University.

Week 3
Member Onboarding Made Easy

5/9/19, 9am MST

Every space is different, but we all face similar challenges. Don’t worry about reinventing the wheel; we’ve worked with hundreds of coworking spaces and have gathered the industry’s best systems and tools for onboarding members and running your space effectively.

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David Lundy | Evolve Workplace, Principal

Reformed banker interested in start-ups and real estate investing. I bring 15+ years of commercial banking experience to advise and help small businesses launch and grow. I also have a passion for all things real estate and own/develop/sell/manage various projects located primarily in the Midwest.

Week 4
Programming and Events

5/16/19, 9am MST

Coworking is about the community you build inside and outside your walls. Most often, your community develops around the events you produce in your space. Learn what makes for a great event and learn about the kinds of events that have been successful in a top-performing coworking space.

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Alanna Imbach | Vibe Coworks, CEO

Alanna Imbach is a builder of authentic, purpose-driven communities. As Founder and CEO of Vibe Coworks in a rapidly growing community outside of Seattle, Alanna is transforming the world of work: providing modern professionals with a cutting edge alternative to exhausting commutes, lonely home offices and binding long-term leases. 

Alanna also works as a consultant for the international nonprofit WaterAid, working to create lasting solutions towards a world where everyone, everywhere has access to clean water and toilets. Prior to founding Vibe Coworks, Alanna worked internationally for global humanitarian and development organizations including the UN Refugee Agency, UN World Food Programme, International Catholic Migration Commission. She currently lives with her husband Marcel and their 4 year old twin girls in Poulsbo, and serves on the board of the Washington State Social Enterprise Alliance.

Week 5 
Sales & Strategies for Filling Your Space

5/23/19, 9am MST

It’s often said that sales play a pivotal role in the overall success of a business. Discover some of the best methods and processes for generating sales in your space as well as techniques for differentiating yourself in the marketplace.

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Jonathan Manierre | KOI Creative, Owner

Jonathan Manierre, a creative-driven problem solver, graduated Boston University with a degree in engineering. Several years later he co-built Turkois Design, a full-service creative agency. Through Turkois he provided creative material, branded multimedia campaigns, and marketing services. When it was time for the agency to move into a larger office, Jonathan decided to build KOI Creative Space – a coworking facility focused on the creative process, bringing together creative professionals and other-area talent through an open-concept, community-focused facility in downtown White Plains, NY. He currently manages the space while coordinating its international expansion, and is always happiest when talking shop and sharing ideas with fellow space owners and enthusiasts.

Week 6 
Collaboration Within Your Community

5/30/19, 9am MST

Building strong rapport and relationships with other organizations is one of the most important things your organization can do. In addition to creating buzz in your community, the relationships you build will also provide public sentiment and goodwill that are beneficial for a variety of purposes.

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Brian Watson | Proximity, Director of Community Development & Co-Founder

Brian Watson is an entrepreneur, connector, and community developer. Brian has been starting and running businesses since he was 17 and believes that entrepreneurship is the greatest tool we have to positively impact our communities. His startup, Proximity, strives to help connect the world’s mobile workforce through an innovative combination of hardware and software that manages coworking spaces across the world.

Week 7
Essential Marketing Tips and Tricks

6/6/19, 9am MST

Low or no-cost options for marketing your coworking space. This course will cover social media tips and other creative ways to advertise your space.

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Kenny Eliason | Work in Progress, Owner

Kenny, owner of Work in Progress coworking space as well as Founder of NeONBRAND, a digital marketing service provider, thrives with technology, and understanding the working of things is what he does best. He is skilled in search engine optimization (SEO), social media management (SMM), website development, and is a self-taught programmer now able to build full web applications.

Week 8
Public Speaking Like a Pro

6/13/19, 9am MST

Public speaking is often said to be one of the things that people fear above everything else. As space managers, you are often asked or required to speak in front of people at large events or small gatherings. In this class, you’ll receive helpful pointers for public speaking and delivering a message with clarity and confidence.

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Paul Watson | Downtown Vineyard Church, Pastor

Paul Watson is a leader, teacher, speaker, pastor, life coach, author, and entrepreneur. Paul loves people and working with them to help reach their goals and overcome personal challenges. Paul is a Colorado native and loves hanging out with his family and mountain biking when he’s not at work.

Week 9 
The Importance of Hospitality

6/20/19, 9am MST

People don’t want to be where they aren’t comfortable and don’t feel welcome. Learn all about creating a welcoming environment for your members and their guests to keep them keep coming back.

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Dennis Lankes | Proximity, CVO and Co-Founder

Dennis is responsible for the daily growth of the Proximity Network and its members. He is the lead Proximity outreach team member and head coworking crusader. He is also a father, a husband, and a startup junkie.

Week 10 
Proximity Platform Overview

6/27/19, 9am MST

Go through all the aspects of the Proximity Platform. If you’re new to the software, this is a great time to get an overview and if you’ve been with Proximity for a while, you’ll have the opportunity to brush up on all of our new features.

 

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Jess Stieler | Proximity, Platform Experience Specialist

Jess Stieler is a connector, an educator, and a fire cider maker. She was drawn to Proximity for its people-focused mission and is part of the Relationship Team. Community building and education have always been key elements in her background as a nutritionist, farmer, and yoga teacher.  Jess believes well-being is rooted not just in our physical health but in our social, mental, spiritual, and occupational contentedness as well, all of which can be found in a strong coworking community.