To be a space that curates for, and caters to, women of color.
The Brown Girl Project is committed to building communities. Our belief is that being a part of a group of supportive women is vital to creating business success.
We believe that creating a beautiful workspace increases focus and productivity. We also believe that women who have the option to either work from home or have access to a professional workspace on an as-needed basis within their own community.
We are dedicated to fostering a collaborative environment where we curate introductions and offer events that connect like-minded members.
We are obsessively dedicated to education, self-development, and lifelong learning. By offering service and amenities like the workshop like the Lab series and the Kitchen series.
In cities like Chicago Black women-owned businesses have grown by 67.5%, and Hispanic women-owned operations have increased by a whopping 87.5%. Across all ethnicities, however, the number of women-owned firms is increasing at lightning speed, but the spaces need to support them just aren't there.
Currently, there are less than 60 black-owned co-working spaces in the United States. Less than 20 owned by minority women. That’s a small fraction of the over 6,000 co-working spaces that exist across the country, supporting a growing 500,000+ freelancers, startup companies, consultants, and emerging founders. Meaning that if you are a successful black or brown woman that has created her own lane, you most likely will have to leave your neighborhoods to do business or find work environments that are comfortable, desirable, or provides the service and amenities necessary.
Brown Girl Project is more than a social club, we are a social enterprise that offers communal and office space designed for women with media, fashion, beauty and technology in mind.
(Inspiration Photo image of the space)
Beautiful workspace and intriguing amenities and services.
Opening in the heart Bronzeville, space amenities include:
Office space- [8- 10] Available for reservation
Gorgeous open workspace with access to complimentary high-speed internet, cozy meeting nooks, and access to conferences rooms and complimentary beverages
Private Powder Room, a beauty space reimagined which includes a comfortable lounge for more intimate meeting spaces with led podcast mirrors for Youtube and professional makeup application with couches and chairs
Digital Media Room
Shared Kitchen option for emerging chef's and culinary experiences
The app is a vital part of the business. Its equally as important is our vision is to create one on one engagement connecting online and forming a community digitally go hand and hand. Our app allows for "true virtual" memberships that support a global reach of connecting women for business as well as to experience content and creativity.
For onsite members, the app is their portal to everything space offers including opening doors, booking conference rooms, and community events and workshops.
Members profiles allow them to meet and connect with other members (globally), navigate opportunities for relationships and business connections. It also gives you virtual members access to content from events they couldn’t be onsite for.
Born out of the realization that women of color, especially now, with a new generation of entrepreneurs and freelancer in creative, social media, tech and beyond, they deserve a space that meets them where they are.
A space intelligently designed with amenities for business and beauty that rival the best spaces for networking, learning, creating, and connecting. As women of color who work remotely, it was a goal to create a space that was designed for us and by us.
Christine Griffith, Founder
The concept creator of the project, a transplant originally from Phoenix, who moved to Chicago 16 years ago with a background in luxury retail and media sales.
Ashley Shareef, Branding & Marketing Guru
Christina Tarrant-Dantzler, E-commerce Strategist
"We shouldn't be aiming to network up -- we should be networking across: "Who's next to you? Who's struggling? Who's in the trenches with you? Who's just as hungry as you are? And those are the people that you need to build with." - Issa Rae