Amy Sterner Nel­son


Inc. (USA) - - 100 FF - —Michelle Cheng

Nel­son once worked on Wall Street, did a stint on Pres­i­dent Obama’s na­tional fi­nance com­mit­tee, and was a cor­po­rate lit­i­ga­tor. But when she was fundrais­ing for her first startup last year, an in­vestor ques­tioned whether the mother of three was “phys­i­cally up” for it. Bi­ases like this, along with post-elec­tion gal­va­niz­ing, were pre­cisely what fu­eled Nel­son to open the Riveter, a Seat­tle-based

co-work­ing space aimed at em­pow­er­ing women en­trepreneurs. Since rais­ing $4.75 mil­lion ear­lier this year, the Riveter has ex­panded to Los An­ge­les, with out­posts planned in Dal­las and Den­ver. While some fe­male-founded co-work­ing spa­ces cater only to women, 30 per­cent of Riveter mem­bers are male. “If you want to change the fu­ture of work for women, you have to include all gen­ders in that con­ver­sa­tion,” says Nel­son.

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