Amy Sterner Nelson
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.