Coworks heads to FlexForward 2023 this fall

DeShawn-Brown_headshot_2023_02This time last year, I asked, “Remember when most people didn’t know what coworking was?” That was in the weeks before the 2022 Global Workspace Association conference, and here we are, ready to go back!

Once again, Coworks will sponsor the Community Manager of Year awards, and we had the privilege of sharing the nominees' stories right here. And I get to meet them in person, onstage, and award the finalist. 

In addition to the general session, this portion of the conference is carefully curated for those who are newer to operations and ownership. 

The topics align with what we at Coworks view as the three legs of the stool that is flex and how coworking delivers on the promise of the future of work:

  1. Community. You and your operation facilitate a culture of productivity as well as networking, engagement, emotional investment, personal and professional growth.
  2. Collaboration. You align with other local businesses. You connect with other operators, both in your area and around the world. How do you contribute to the overall mission of coworking.
  3. Convenience. You use technology and automation tools to make your staff’s workload lighter. Your operation continues to anticipate and solve the everyday needs of your members.

And once again, this year’s agenda has portions that speak to the trends of flex offices and the shifting world of commercial real estate.

Sales Success: Mastering The Art Of Closing Leads

Maximize real estate sales by asking the right questions, following a structured sales process, and implementing an effective follow-up plan. Learn strategies to increase tour bookings and improve your close ratio, while also exploring the best approaches to initiate marketing efforts, including considerations for discounts and promotions to drive interest and boost occupancy.

Erin Maresko, Business Development Manager – Kiln
Justin Harris, Sales Director – Office Hub
Jillian Brown, Director of Global Occupier Business Development – Avison Young

Hospitality: How To Build And Nuture Your Community

Community lies at the heart of coworking success. This session will delve into the art of creating a welcoming and inclusive community within your workspace. Learn how to foster connections among members, organize engaging events, and promote a collaborative atmosphere.

Shai Fogel, General Manager – Mindspace
Morgan Trego, Director of Engagement – Shift Workspaces
Nate Pinsley, Head of Studio – Tishman Speyer

Who’s Using Flex: Unraveling The Dominant Product Types In The Market

Join us in this dynamic session to uncover the latest market trends in the flexible space industry. Discover which product types are currently leading the way and gaining significant traction among users. As the flex space market matures and attracts more prominent players, it becomes crucial to stay informed and adapt to the evolving landscape. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights into the changing dynamics of flex space utilization and ensure your workspace stays ahead of the curve.

Richie Parsons, Franchise Owner – Venture X
Paul Michaels, CEO – Monoc
Jonna Larson, Director for Center of Federal Coworking – GSA

Unique Events To Drive Hospitality

Learn about innovative event ideas and experiences that can elevate the level of hospitality in your workspace. From themed gatherings to networking events, explore creative approaches to engage and delight your community.

Cid Rhomberg, CEO – Brick House Blue
Amy Pooser, COO – Convene

Culture Conversation

Join an insightful conversation about the significance of company culture in coworking spaces. Understand how a strong culture can positively impact member satisfaction, team dynamics, and overall business success.

Sari Lash, Director of Brand & Culture – 25N Coworking
Colleen Moselle, COO – Coco
Delphine Smith, Director of Culture & Engagement – Global Strategy Group
Tony Burke, CEO – Pivot Health Advisors

As a platform dedicated to making it easier to manage and operate coworking spaces and flexible work communities, we're thrilled to connect with so many like-minded space operators, community managers, and remote work professionals. 

The energy and passion for designing better workplaces that I've seen in this community is truly inspiring. Attending FlexForward and meeting all of you face-to-face to exchange ideas, stories, and expertise is a priceless opportunity. I'm glad that Coworks can support such a valuable gathering of leaders in our industry.

We'll have a booth at the event where I encourage you to stop by, demo our software, and let me know how Coworks could help you take your space or community to the next level. I love having in-depth conversations about the real challenges you face and collaborating on innovative solutions.

The future of work is flexible, and it takes all of us working together to keep pushing the boundaries. FlexForward is our chance to unite and chart a new course for how we design, build, and utilize workspaces. I could not be more enthusiastic to connect with this community and do great things together.

See you soon!

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