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UPS Selects Spaceworks for 2017 Distinguished Community Partner Award, Recognizes Gwen Kohl

10 Apr
Gwen Kohl & Heather Joy receive UPS 2017 Distinguished Community Partner Award presented by Lynnette Claire, Ph. D.

Gwen Kohl & Heather Joy receive UPS 2017 Distinguished Community Partner award on behalf of Spaceworks Tacoma presented by Lynnette Claire, Ph. D.

On April 7, 2017, University of Puget Sound recognized Spaceworks Tacoma with 2017 Distinguished Community Partner award. Thanks to Gwen Kohl’s exceptional leadership and inspiration Spaceworks has collaborated with UPS students in many ways, particularly in relation to entrepreneurship.

Gwen works as Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise Program Coordinator and also as Program Manager of Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), another program of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber. Both programs have collaborated with the Entrepreneurship Club at Puget Sound and the entrepreneurship program at Annie Wright for International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day in November 2016. Continue reading

2016: Year in Photos

29 Dec

2016 quickly ramped up to be an exciting ride of cultural activities and business opportunities, bringing many new things. Spaceworks had a landmark year! We doubled the capacity of our Creative Enterprise program, invited the public to ‘Fish Tank’ where entrepreneurs made business pitches to a panel of experts, launched the Spaceworks Gallery on the corner of 11th & Commerce, hosted our 1st inaugural auction/fundraiser NEON, and added 3 new staff members!  This look back at the many events in which Spaceworks took part shows a very active year. Tacoma is what we make it, let’s keep making it vibrant.

New Spaceworker Gwen Kohl

20 Nov


Spaceworks would like to welcome Gwen Kohl, as the newest member of our team! Gwen will be working directly with Spaceworks’ entrepreneurs as our Creative Enterprise Program Coordinator.

Gwen is a catalyst, entrepreneur, and combiner of things. As Creative Enterprise Program Coordinator, she facilitates training and support for small business owners and entrepreneurs with plans for long term creative/innovative businesses that benefit Tacoma’s community.

A self-described nomad, she’s been in Tacoma since 2014 and is excited to join the Spaceworks team. “I’m looking forward to working with entrepreneurs to help grow Tacoma as a thriving destination city. There’s a strong creative bent and a fierce pride in the city already, and I think Tacomans have a lot to offer the world.”

Gwen spent her post university years playing in the woods. She’s led trail crews with students and adults all over the country, exploring some of nature’s hidden wonders and engineering steps and bridges to blend with the natural landscape. As an Outdoor Instructor with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, she was a white water raft guide, raptor specialist, and facilitator of learning through hands-on inquiry. She’s built, and maintained, curriculum for learners of all ages.

As an entrepreneur, Gwen has been involved in many start-ups and owner-operator endeavors. She believes in patience, flexibility, and support networks. Goals are the end prizes of mazes – there are many paths you can take, and some will dead-end while others will take you through.

Gwen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Science, with an emphasis on ecology and sociology. She grew up in Massachusetts, went to university in New Jersey, and has lived/worked/studied across the United States and abroad in Nicaragua, Belize, Peru, Chile, and Australia.

Gwen can be reached at Spaceworks at gwenk@tacomachamber.org or 253.682.1741

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