Leader Spotlight: Grace Kraaijvanger of The Hivery

Q: Where do you live?

A. Mill Valley, California

Q: Tell us about your organization.

A. The Hivery is a women's co-working space and inspiration lab dedicated to helping women pursue their work, passions, ideas, and what's next. We offer gorgeous workspace, workshops, programming, mentorship, and community to women all over the Bay Area (we are located in Mill Valley, California). We are an inclusive community where every woman can thrive and grow. We have created a safe, creative place where over a thousand women have come through our doors to create businesses, art, start nonprofits, innovate, explore their next chapters, and work. We have built an ecosystem where women-owned businesses can partner, hire, support, and purchase from each other.

Many of our members have changed careers or life paths in a dramatic way. They may have taken time off of their careers to raise kids, are contemplating going back to work, started a new business, or are exploring a new field. We understand how these big changes can lead to feeling isolated or stuck. That’s why we’ve created first and foremost a community, as well as opportunities and a space to connect with like-minded women. We have created programs and tools designed to jumpstart women's next chapters, whether that's building a business or seeking something new. We have also created a digital member directory, community board, blog, courses, workshops (in-person and virtual) for women to connect, learn, share, and collaborate.

Q: What is the one piece of advice you would like to share with other women looking to start an organization?

A. My advice to entrepreneurs is to stop the act of constantly shopping you and your ideas around. You don’t need any more advice. You already know what you want. You don’t need to ask for permission. You have already given yourself the invitation. And you have two choices, build walls and obstacles around yourself to keep yourself small. Or, step outside of yourself to be bigger. Take up more space, be boundary-less. And when you do that from a place of truth, the investors, the real estate, the loan or whatever it is that you need, will be there. That doesn’t mean you won’t have to work hard for it. The difference is that you’ll want to.

Q: How can WorldWideWomen readers get involved in what you are doing?

A. Join our community and co-working space in Mill Valley (and soon in SF!) here. Join our Hivery Incubator program. Or, join our virtual membership.
Q: Who is the greatest female influence in your life?

A. My mom and my sister. Martha Graham, Glennon Doyle, Brene Brown, Tara Mohr, Helen Russell.

Q: Please share with us something that you want other women around the world to hear.

A. What breaks my heart is when a woman can’t see what she is uniquely made to do, either by her own limiting beliefs or external limitations. It’s my dream to create not just spaces, but an ecosystem where women can create, express, build, own their value and innovate while feeling supported, celebrated and connected.

Q: What do you feel is your greatest achievement?

A. My journey with The Hivery has been a living, breathing example of radical generosity. When you are truly on your path and shining your unique light, you will find that the universe starts to hand you exactly what you need. Along the way, women have given me their time, their encouragement, their late-night, heartfelt emails of thanks, and most importantly their unique selves.

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