Eight years ago, when I first moved to New York City, I was struck by how many women I met who were independently employed, hustling every day, pouring blood, sweat, and tears into their chosen projects — entirely from the social and cultural vacuums of their small, cramped city-side apartments. We were all in this together, it seemed — working hard, wanting to succeed — but we weren’t very well-positioned to be helping each other out or even keeping each other company. So I threw open the office doors of my then-employer, Kickstarter, for a few evenings of “any-lady-is-invited” co-working. I called it “Lady Parts.”

A lot of ladies showed up.

Lady Parts 001, at Kickstarter’s then-offices on the Lower East Side.

We worked, we talked, we ate. Companies were launched, connections were made, conference calls were carried out across timezones from, quite literally, the insides of bathtubs. It was a sprawling DIY success.

So, I want to do it again. This time, though, a little bit bigger and better.

Lady Parts:003 is an any-profession-goes co-working event.

On hand will be a panel of handpicked mentors who have volunteered to give advice, answer questions, or just shoot the shit about working life. They’re experts in all kinds of worlds: investment, publishing, tech, fashion. They’re all great. There will also be snacks provided by Randwiches and ice-cream by MilkMade.

Show up to work. Show up to talk. Show up to share resources, knowledge, stories, or just have a drink amongst like-minded company. But show up.


When: May 26, 2015 - 7:30PM.

Where: 221 Canal Street, 4th Floor. NYC.

How? Just RSVP HERE.


Claire Mazur & Erica Cerulo, founders of Of a Kind. Available to talk about starting your own company, brand-building, fashion, and (probably) bunnies. Twitter.

Stacy-Marie Ishmael, BuzzFeed News & #AwesomeWomen. Interests and expertise are “building great teams to tackle wicked problems.” Worked across editorial and product, lived in a few countries. Twitter.

Edlyn Yuen, of Orbital & Prompt. Formerly VC at StarVest Partners. Available to talk early investment, entrepreneurship, writing, and whimsy. Twitter.

Peggy Wang, editorial director of BuzzFeed Life. Publisher of non-cookbook “Amazing Food Hacks.” Plays music in bands sometimes. Twitter.

Ruth Curry, co-founder of Emily Books. Available to talk: publishing and editing, e-commerce, ebooks, crowd-sourced fundraising, finding a literary agent, entrepreneurship. Twitter.


Jenn de la Vega. Instagramming as @Randwiches, Pulsewave curator, community manager at Flipboard and on the board of The Tank NYC. Loves GIFs! Twitter.

Diana Hardeman, founder of MilkMade. Available to talk about: starting a business, scaling operations, making friends, building a following, and defining your mission — in business and in life! Twitter.