Coworking Consultant and Coach

Helping owners and operators develop efficient operations, thriving comunities and a highly enaged staff culture.

Hi- I’m Iris. In my nearly 12 years of coworking experience I’ve had the amazing opportunity to open and manage 11 coworking spaces, hire 40+ community managers and support 1000’s of coworking members on their journey. I am passionate about advancing the coworking movement and would be happy to hear about your vision for your space and community. Book a free 30 minute coaching session with me, and let’s see what we can do to make your vision a reality.

Iris Kavanagh

Founder, Coworking With Iris


Ongoing consultation and coaching support for individuals and teams for a monthly fee to help you effectively develop community, collaboration, and culture in service of organizational goals.


I enjoy sharing my community-building and coworking experience with companies and organizations interested in exploring new models for the successful modern workplace.
I just wanted to send you a quick message to say thank you. Thank you for your high integrity, thoroughness and willingness to always share from your experience. I’m very excited to be working in this industry now and it is mainly because I have been able to meet people and women like you. Lisa Chang

Founder, Work214

Growing Your Coworking Business

So you’ve got furniture, the Interwebs and great coffee, you’ve opened your space and people are trickling in. Now what?

Are you struggling to “make community happen”?  Are the challenges of finding the right staff keeping you from focusing on your core responsibilities?  Are you thinking of expanding, but don’t know how to make the leap?

I can help you design and expand your coworking experience.





Coworking + Collaboration = Success
Working from a collaborative approach, I partner with you to find solutions to some of the biggest issues facing coworking owners and help you build a member base that’s so happy they’ll evangelize for you. I will support you in the following ways.

  • Plan, launch and grow your coworking business
  • Increase your sales
  • Increase member retention through engagement and proven best practices
  • Foster a vibrant community 
  • Train and develop community managers
  • Provide ongoing coaching and support for founders and employees
  • Develop a highly engaged employee culture, across localized and remote teams
  • Develop efficient operational processes and procedures
  • Scaling and succession planning strategies


Iris has unbeatable experience, from branding insights, to strategic advice, and being in the operational trenches of a quickly growing, multi-location community-based coworking company, I don’t know why I didn’t think to engage her earlier. Jerome Chang



Iris Kavanagh works with shared workspace organizations to streamline operations and develop dynamic communities. She fell in love with coworking when, as a member of NextSpace Santa Cruz in 2009, she  recognized the power of real, in-person community, and quickly started thinking of ways to change the world through the coworking model. Iris led the NextSpace team during initial expansion from 1 location to 9 and co-founded various industry groups including the League of Extraordinary Coworking Spaces and Women Who Cowork, produced Freelance Camps and has spoken at various industry conferences.

Iris currently consults, co-leads the Women Owned Collaborative Space Alliance and showcases industry and movement leaders through her media series, Coworking with Iris. She lives in Santa Cruz, California with her son and various fur and feathered babies.

I’m a dedicated champion of Community (with a capital “C”) as both an agent of social change and a driver of business goals. Iris Kavanagh

Founder, Coworking with Iris


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I look forward to chatting and learning about your business and your team.