Coworking Consultant

Helping owners and operators avoid costly mistakes when making choices around technology, operations, staffing, and building community.

As employee number one I helped grow NextSpace from one location to nine, 36 employees, and 1500 members. During ten years in the industry I have learned a lot and enjoy sharing that hard-won knowledge as a coworking consultant. Let me know how I can help you with your coworking challenges.

Iris Kavanagh

Founder, Coworking With Iris


Ongoing consultation and operational 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 evangelize for you.

  • Build a vibrant community
  • Enhance member engagement
  • Custom Hiring Programs
  • Custom Training Programs
  • Culture Tweaking
  • Operations Process and Procedures
  • Scaling strategies
  • IT solutions
  • Software


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 then 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 Global Alliance of Women Who Cowork 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.