Coworking is often mistakenly assumed to be part of a “tech” movement. At Office Nomads we love challenging that assumption and highlighting the incredibly diverse bunch of members who call our coworking community home. One professional crew found in our mix that can take people by surprise are our lawyers! We have a small number of people in the legal field who have found coworking to be a way to further their practice and connect with others. We are excited to introduce you to two of our legal minds at Office Nomads: Erin Sperger and Vanessa Ward of Legal Wellspring! Fun fact: Erin published an coworking and ethical considerations for New Worker Magazine. You should check it out after reading more about her and her colleague Vanessa here:
What are you passionate about?
V: Fighting injustice.
E: I believe that words are incredibly powerful. Excellent legal writing coupled with excellent legal research can change lives and make a powerful impact in our community.
Why did you come to Office Nomads?
E: I came to Office Nomads as a brand new attorney and a brand new business owner and I was looking for an office.
Why did you stay at Office Nomads?
E: I stayed at Office Nomads because I received so much more than an office. It met all of my immediate business needs, but it also gave me support that I didn’t know I needed. The people here have such diverse backgrounds and I have learned so much about a lot of different industries. I’ve also been able to help fellow Nomads with legal issues. I like the community feeling at Office Nomads – this is important to me even when I do not get much time to participate. It’s nice to know that people from different industries and backgrounds are trying to build a community.
What was your first job?
V: Stapling campaign signs for my father campaign when he ran for State Legislator.
E: Petsitting my neighbor’s cat when I was ten years old.
Where was the last place you traveled for fun?
V: New Orleans, LA for the Blues and Jazz Festival
E: Clatskanie and Cannon Beach Oregon. I love rocky west coast beaches.
What kind of events have you participated in at Office Nomads?
E: I’ve participated in Social Media Slackers, Stretching, and Snack. I like the casual events at Office Nomads because they gave me a change to socialize and take a mental break from work. I also really enjoy working on puzzles at the front desk.
Thanks again to Marti Rhea for snapping lovely photos of our members in action. Stay tuned for the next Member Profile coming up soon!