by JONATHAN FRANKLIN via https://www.npr.org/
When Lisa Gordon set out to find the perfect coworking space for her new business, she knew she wanted one that met all of her needs.
“I knew I needed a space where I could feel very focused and be in my flow and push me past [these] dips while I’m making this transition [to entrepreneurship],” Gordon told NPR.
The retired psychology professor-turned-social entrepreneur said she tried a series of coworking spaces in the Santa Monica, Calif., area, but felt as though they came with pretentiousness that didn’t feel welcoming — especially as a woman of color.
“Although it was very empowering, I wasn’t able to relax. I felt that in the spaces I was somewhat singled out because there wasn’t a lot of people who looked like me there,” Gordon said. “And I accepted it because I didn’t know that there was anything else…