On May 18, 2017, the speaker at our lunch gathering was Mara Hauser from 25N Coworking.  Mara is the daughter of fellow Rotarian Michael Silverman.  Mara was also an Arlington Heights Noon Rotary exchange student in 1978, and spend time in Sweden with the program.


Mara has an extensive background in interior design and workplace innovation, and used that background to start 25N Coworking with a goal of designing a collaborative and productive work environment for those who work virtually.  Mara attempts to provide those workspaces to the five generations currently in the workforce, each of which has different habits, perspectives and expectations about work.  Although other models such as shared and executive office space exist, true coworking requires five elements - - flexible options for workspace, collaborative spaces and meeting rooms, a community manager, events and programming (aimed at education, networking and social), and a strong community or culture in the space.


Landlords and real estate investors are also increasingly look looking towards coworking as a viable option for their available space previously leased to corporations for traditional office use. Coworking caters to independent professionals, small and medium size businesses, all kinds of local organizations, and large corporations.  Research shows that 1/3 of all jobs are virtual today, whereas 60% of all jobs will be virtual by 2020.  25N Coworking never requires a long-term agreement, and all space is available on a month-to-month basis, with flexible service options available, including a half-day pass. 25N Coworking currently has spaces in the One Arlington building at Euclid and Rohlwing Roads in Arlington Heights, and 25 N. River Lane, Geneva, Illinois, with more locations in development.  Come visit and explore the Arlington Heights location on the third Friday of the month for "Free Friday", and get more information at www.25ncoworking.com.