One aspect of Creative Coworking’s reputation as a community-building entity and supporter of startups is its close relationship with the Seattle-based CRAVE Company. Not only does CC provide a space for CRAVE’s monthly networking events for women in business, but CC founder Angela Valavanis is the director for CRAVE Chicago.


For those of you who have yet to attend a CRAVE event, some background: CRAVE is a international organization dedicated to providing networking opportunities for women in business and disseminating valuable information and career guidance through seminars, presentations, and discussions. We have host monthly CRAVE events here at CC with topics ranging from business advancement to money management to environmental awareness. Experts in a variety of  fields have been brought in to speak, from non-profit expert Denise Dahl (a CC member) to local jewelry entrepreneur Laura Tanner Swinand, and the dialogues sparked by each month’s subject are consistently illuminating and informative.

Ann Baker presents on a women’s health topic

Creative Coworking, as the name implies, believes strongly in communal values; and CRAVE, under Angela’s ongoing leadership, is an excellent catalyst for bringing people together and fostering a spirit of unity. Countless women have advance their careers through the positive connections made at the monthly CRAVEfuel networking events here at CC.

Photographer Annette Patko of Bordeaux Studio joins Angela Valavanis to discuss doing work that you love.

This month, CRAVE will meet on Monday, 6/27, at 7PM, and CC member Victoria Reeves will speak on the topic of personal branding. If you are interested in fostering connections with like-minded peers, learning more about specific aspects of business, or are simply craving something unique and informative to do, then we highly encourage you to stop by and become a part of the proud and vibrant CRAVE community. [Sorry, guys, this one is Ladies Only.]