By Cristi McKee | Photo: wHERk
On Monday, August 5, wHERk (pronounced “work”), Tallahassee’s first “coworking space and motivational community” for modern working women hosted their first of many events to inspire and assist Tallahassee women to grow or start their own businesses.
Behind the organization is Verlonda Johnson, wHERk’s Chief Integrator Officer, and Anquilla Bellow, their Chief Visionary Officer. Mrs. Bellow has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Florida A&M University, and Mrs. Johnson has an MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Florida A&M University. The 2 women met while working together heading up the marketing department of a boutique real estate company. Together, the idea behind wHERk came naturally to them.
The concept was inspired by the trends and shifts taking place in Tallahassee, says the ladies of wHERk. They explain, “There were many women who came to Tallahassee for college who then decided to make Tallahassee their home. They began growing families, and wanted to build businesses, but didn’t know where to start. There was no place for women where they could grow their business, enhance professional skills and network with one another while building relationships.” Thus, wHERk was born.
After rigorous planning, the grand opening, which lasts all week long and includes workshops, coffee socials, and speeches from an array of career women from Tallahassee, came to life. From learning to dress professionally, to improving branding, to learning social media tips and tricks, wHERk’s opening week schedule of events is full of helpful information and fun events.
Ultimately, wHERK’s hope is for women to “use this space and community as motivation to start or grow their businesses.” It is the wHERk team’s dream that working alongside other female entrepreneurs will produce successful results for everyone. “We hope that from our events this week, women are inspired by the community atmosphere to join and benefit from the resources and collaborative opportunities that will become available to them,” they say.
If you are a woman and are looking for a community of hardworking, inspirational, and motivational women to help you succeed, wHERk might be for you. For a full schedule of this week’s events, see below.