Luminary

New York City’s premier collaboration hub for women who are passionate about professional development and expanding their networks.

Cate
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Project Ends on October 11, 2018

Project Description

 

Luminary was founded by Cate Luzio, a visionary thinker with global perspective and entrepreneurial drive. After spending the last twenty years between financial services and high tech, she realized the gap in the market for professional women to connect, to network, and to collaborate across industries was growing. Further, the desire for professional growth was accelerating. Since most mentoring and networking happens in isolation, there was no physical place for professional women to assemble with access to coaching, mentoring and networking, to name a few, at an enterprise level.

Gender diversity has always been a priority in Cate’s career. Developing and leading various women’s networks within her organizations and outside, creating mentoring programs, and spearheading female leadership development initiatives have long been her passion. Climbing the ranks to prominent leadership positions within her industry, Cate realized there was far more to do.

While there are female-focused social clubs and coworking spaces, there didn’t seem to be a universal, all-inclusive setting for women, at all levels, across all professions to gather, learn, support and connect. The gap is wide and widening further as women are entering the workplace at record levels. In order to reach more women across industries with impact, value and effectiveness, what Cate calls the “the multiplier effect”, the idea of Luminary was born.

 

How many times have you been asked or have asked to have a coffee with someone for career advice? We can all fill our calendars with these requests but there has to be a better and more efficient way to get good advice.

We constantly find ourselves with no designated community space where we can go to learn, invest in ourselves, gather, recharge, celebrate and collaborate with one another. Today’s women are on the hunt for meaningful connections and personal growth.

We’re building a dynamic and diverse community of women who take control of their careers and invest in themselves and each other. Luminary is a refuge for the curious, the ambitious, the connectors, and the change agents. It is the ultimate career advocate for women providing the professional coaching and social community needed to thrive. We will open our doors in November of 2018!

 

 

 

 

Based in Nomad, Luminary has over 15,000 square feet of carefully designed communal work and social space with an emphasis on investing in self-development, wellness, flexibility and giving back. It’s a sanctuary of productivity, offering women flexible memberships that meet their economic and lifestyle needs. Combining innovative and accessible workspaces with tailored learning experiences, content and programming, Luminary seeks to enhance the greatest strengths of its members. 

 

Luminary is a real meeting space and it fully occupies the entire 3rd and 4th floors of 1204 Broadway with an expansive rooftop deck. We’re creating a physical space where women can meet, develop, work and connect with other women. Luminary is an inclusive community of women working together and members have access to a vibrant space and a vast ecosystem of services, offerings, and perks.

 

 

 

 

 

Amenities include:

  • Full fitness studio with express classes including barre, yoga, pilates and meditation for purchase 
  • Wellness space to relax, rejuvenate or pray
  • Showers with towel service and a changing room equipped with lockers and carefully selected products
  • Lactation room for pumping or nursing needs, complete with a refrigerator and comfortable seating
  • Food and beverage for purchase provided by Ancolie, including breakfast, lunch and snack options
  • Coffee/tea procured by Stumptown Coffee
  • Free wine on tap (red, white and rose) provided by Gotham Project
  • Private phone booths, six fully outfitted conference rooms, huddle rooms, printing, and Wi-Fi
  • Opportunity to rent the space, conference rooms and the rooftop for private events and meetings

 

 

No one cares about your career more than you do. We provide guidance to members looking to package and brand themselves. Whether you are trying to broaden your skillset, chart your career path, or simply consider your options for your next move, Luminary is your career advocate. Our coaches and experts in residence have office hours to meet with members about navigating their professional futures. Most careers are linear but we help you step back, see what’s out there and look at the bigger picture.

Luminary is committed to giving its community access to a robust and exclusive event calendar. We do things differently and act beyond buzzwords. We cultivate the community and networks you have been looking for. We deliver engaging and relevant experiences with industry leaders focused on:

  • Career development, advancement and transition
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Leadership development
  • Management skillsets

Luminary is re-examining traditional recruitment by working with dynamic corporate partners and becoming an extension of women's employee groups. We want to change how companies think about investing in women. Top corporations and organizations are looking for talent but they struggle to find and retain women. Recruiters often overlook candidates with transferable skills and Luminary will help match the powerful candidates within our walls to new opportunities with corporate partners.

 

At the center of our business is a 10-for-1 grant model offering Luminary membership to women in the community who meet specific socioeconomic needs, creating a truly diverse and inclusive environment. For every ten annual Collective memberships purchased, we will fund one full annual Community membership. These Illumination Grants will be based upon applications and recommendations from standing Luminary Members.

 

FOUNDING MEMBERS - $3,500


We’re offering a limited number of Founding Memberships at a $1,000+ discount off the normal Collective Membership rate. There are 150 Founding Memberships available only through iFundWomen. Once our Founding Memberships are gone, standard Collective Memberships increases to $4,800 annually. The Collective Membership includes full unlimited access to our space and services during operating hours, and base admission to all Luminary events and programming. Founding Membership comes with perks like a free month of unlimited classes in our in-house fitness studio offering barre, yoga, stretch and more, priority usage of conference rooms and heavily discounted private event space.

SIDE HUSTLES - $1,900

We’re offering a limited number of our Side Hustle Memberships at a $500 discount off the normal Side Hustle rate. There are 100 Side Hustle Memberships at this price available only through iFundWomen and until October 10th. Once the Luminary crowdfunding campaign ends, standard Side Hustles increases to $2,400 annually. The Side Hustle includes unlimited usage “after hours” for weekdays between 6-9PM, and all Saturday hours, as well as access to evening Luminary programs and workshops, discounted access to Luminary events and Special events as well as conference rooms and private event space.

 

SPECIFICS OF MEMBERSHIP
Luminary membership gives you access to programming scheduled in our space. Programming content varies and covers topics as wide and diverse as The Art of Negotiation to Our Seat at The Table to How to Disrupt Your Career. Our calendar is filled with 2+ events per week including a mix of:

  • Networking and connectivity
  • In-house classes on various subjects and topics
  • Featured speakers and facilitators across all industries
  • Professional workshops
  • Speaker series

 


GIFT A MEMBERSHIP
Whether you want to join Luminary yourself, or you're thinking of a woman in your life that could benefit, our Founding Members or Side Hustles are also great gifts. Providing women access to our community is an opportunity for them to further develop, network and connect. Memberships also make great college or graduate school graduation gifts - help them start early! You're able to put any of our rewards in another person's name. 

 

Luminary’s power lies with our Members and our community. We want our Members to feel as much a part of building who Luminary is as we do. We’ve partnered with iFundWomen, a female-only crowdfunding platform, to help get the job done. Funds secured through our crowdfunding campaign will be used to further accelerate the build out of our physical space, the most critical component of Luminary.

Updates

The Project FAQs

Where is the space? Our space is located at 1204 Broadway between 30th and 29th streets. The visuals you see throughout the site are a combination of the location and the aesthetic we are building at Luminary plus our architect renderings.

Is Luminary accessible by public transportation? Luminary is conveniently located one block away from multiple subway lines at multiple station(s), three blocks from Penn Station and two blocks from the Path, with proximity to Port Authority and multiple bus stops. For those Members who drive to work, there are several parking lots nearby and ample metered parking spots near our location.

Are there age requirements? While Luminary will sometimes host events that are made for all ages, standard memberships are only available to women 21+ years of age. Given we will have memberships for college students and partnerships with various universities, we will ensure we seek proof of ID.

 

Are Members allowed to bring guests to Luminary?  We welcome your guests! As a Collective or Flex Member, you can have two guests for up to four hours at any time. You’re able to register your guests through our website and app. Complimentary guest passes mean you can bring your friends, family, and colleagues to Luminary to enjoy quality time and amenities designed specifically for you.

 

What are Luminary's hours? Luminary’s normal business hours are Monday through Friday from 8am-9pm, and Saturday from 10am-4pm. Evening programming and networking events may run past 9pm on a case by case basis. We are closed on Sundays to give our Luminary staff a break. Let’s hope you give yourself a break too!

Can you tell me more about the conference rooms? Luminary features six private, fully equipped conference room for meetings. Each conference room includes seating for up to 8-12 people, a wall-mounted flat screen TV that’s perfect for presentations and a conference phone (polycom). We also have an extra-large conference room that can hold up to 40 people with partitions to make three separate rooms for breakouts or to run simultaneous events. Conference rooms are able to be booked via our app. Our XL conference room when needed as a whole can be booked for a fee.

What does an “all access” Membership include? Founding Memberships are “all access” meaning they give each Member complete access to our space during operating hours and all proprietary programming and events, although additional expenses may be incurred for special events. Amenities include priority usage of conference rooms, reduced rate classes at our pop-up, in-house fitness studio, discounted private event space rental and up to four guests any time you access Luminary. In addition, as Luminary expands, you will be grand-mothered in with full access to further locations.

Are men and people who identify as male allowed to join Luminary? Luminary understands that often women work, partner, and collaborate with men professionally – we need them on our journey too!  Because our mission is to help women stay in boss mode, we will welcome male guests, speakers and facilitators in certain programs and events.  In addition, if a Member would like to host a meeting with a man/men in our conference room space, we will just require notice. However, Members who rent our private event space are welcome to host guests of all genders.

Will you have Corporate Memberships? Absolutely! We feel Luminary can become an extension of an organization’s women’s group or forum, from small to large. We will be offering various types of Corporate Memberships when we launch in November. If you think your company might be interested in a Corporate Membership, please send us a note: corporates@luminary-nyc.com.

 

Can I print / scan at Luminary? Yes! We have printers/scanners, and our Community Managers on-site who will be more than happy to assist you. We try to be environmentally responsible with our printing. Are there other traditional “office” services or amenities you would like to see at Luminary? Send us a note: ideas@luminary-nyc.com.

Are we looking for speakers? You bet! Part of the power AND the success of Luminary is that the women of our community contribute to it. Whether you are a subject matter expert or would like to facilitate a program, become a mentor, speak at an event, hold “office hours” or simply just want to get involved, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line at getinvolved@luminary-nyc.com.

How would I use Luminary as someone with a 9-to-5 job?  We want our Members to actively use everything we have to offer in a way that makes sense for them. We will offer flexible memberships to fit your needs such as the “Side Hustle” for after-hours access (6-9pm weekdays, all day on Saturdays); the Flex with 10 days usage per month (or 20 half days) and the Community with 10 days after-hours usage.

While you may not find yourself always "working" there, we've designed Luminary with lots of features and amenities you won't find at other women's clubs or organizations. In addition to our Member services, our programming workshops, classes and events are meant to empower and enrich our Members’ lives. We cover topics as varied and diverse as Breaking the (Invisible) Glass Ceiling to Build Your Business, Build Your Brand to The Power of Saying No and more. Founding Members can also reserve private classes, at a reduced rate, for 1:1 executive coaching/consulting from our CEO, Advisory Board, and/or other senior female executives. We will also have a menu of executive coaching options for our Founding Members to choose from.

 

Do you have any discounts for non-profit organizations? Yes. We offer a 20% discount off any annual membership not only for employees of non-profit organizations but also New York City teachers. All you’ll need to do is show proof of employment in order to obtain your discount.

 

Does Luminary allow outside food and beverages in the space? We’ll have fresh food and beverages for purchase within Luminary provided by Ancolie (Ancolie.co). We will also serve free drip coffee/tea provided by Stumptown Coffee (stumptowncoffee.com), free still/sparkling water from Vero (verowater.com) and, drum roll please, free, YES FREE, wine on tap (with an amazing selection of red, white and rose, of course) procured by the Gotham Project (gothamproject.net/).

 

Are there any fitness classes I can take in the space? We know how little time professional women have in a day, despite our abilities to multi-task like a champ. To make sure we all get to focus on health and well-being, we’ve collaborated with various well recognized fitness partners to offer a fully outfitted fitness studio within our space. During the first six months, our rotating fitness partners include barre, yoga, pilates, HIIT and yoga. Classes will run throughout the week based on our fitness calendar and Member needs. Luminary Members will have a 20% discount to all Xtend Barre, Stretch*d and Physique 57 sessions with Luminary and at their other studio locations.

 

Do you have any partnerships with other clubs? Our idea is collaboration over competition. As a member, your ties with Luminary are long-lasting and far-reaching. At present time, we are sister clubs with The Coven in Minneapolis, Minnesota and working on others. As our partnerships grow geographically, so will your opportunities to connect!  Our sister communities stand ready to welcome you when you travel on business or pleasure and enjoy connecting and access to their amenities and options...just as you would here at home with Luminary.


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Tessa Angle
09/25/2018
Community! - with Special Pricing!
$1,200
09/25/2018
The FLEX
$2,800
09/24/2018
Community! - with Special Pricing!
$1,200
09/24/2018
Founding Member (over $1,000 savings!)
$3,500
09/23/2018
Community! - with Special Pricing!
$1,200
Melanie Gray
09/22/2018
Founding Member (over $1,000 savings!)
$3,500
Sara Fusco
09/21/2018
The FLEX
$2,800
Christine Fisher
09/20/2018
Founding Member (over $1,000 savings!)
$3,500
shira suveyke
09/19/2018
Star Power
$250
Christine Campisi
09/18/2018
Founding Member (over $1,000 savings!)
$3,500
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

4 Supporters
Contribute
$3,500
Founding Member (over $1,000 savings!)

This reward includes:

  • As a Founding Member, you will have full access to the space, services, and programming Luminary has to offer at over $1,000 annual savings (Collective membership tier). This is a limited offer available only through iFundWomen. In addition, Founding Members receive a free month of unlimited access at Xtend Barre @ Luminary or their Tribeca studio in the first year (value of $150).
  • Get a preview of Luminary before it opens. Tour dates to be announced.
  • Let’s spread the Luminary love! Join us for our exclusive launch party with one guest. Launch party date in November 2018.
  • Feel REALLY good that your contribution directly funds access to the space in our 10-for-1 scholarship model.
  • As a supporter, we’ll also put your name on the Luminary website.
81 Left
19 Supporters
Select this reward
$25
Shine

This reward includes:

  • We will send you specially designed Luminary stickers, plus put your name on the Luminary website as a backer! Shipping is on us.
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$60
Glimmer

This reward includes:

  • We're proud to debut our Luminary signature wine tumbler. In addition, you'll receive our Luminary stickers and your name on the website as a backer. Shipping is on us.
6 Supporters
Select this reward
$250
Star Power

This reward includes:

  • One-month free membership if you decide to join as an annual or monthly Member.
  • Two tickets to one programming event for you and a friend. Luminary will offer events throughout the day and evening that enrich and empower women to get things done, cultivate relationships or learn something new. We'll tap local female talent from young entrepreneurs to seasoned veterans in every industry to build programs that keep Luminary Members curious and growing in their personal and professional lives.
  • As a supporter, we’ll also put your name on the Luminary website. 
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10 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,200
Community! - with Special Pricing!
  • We're offering a limited number of our Community Memberships at a $600 discount off the normal annual rate! There are 50 Community Memberships at this price available only through iFundWomen. Normal Community Memberships will be $1,800 annually (or $150 a month). Ladies, this is $100 a month (think of what you spend elsewhere)! 
  • With our Community Membership, you will have 10 days usage per month "after hours" including weekdays between 6-9PM, or 3 hours during the weekday and Saturday hours. This is a special promotion during the crowdfund! 
  • Access to evening and weekend Luminary programs and workshops and discounted rates for Special Events.
  • Let's spread the Luminary love! Join us for our exclusive launch party. Launch party date in November 2018.
  • As a supporter, we'll also put your name on the Luminary website. 
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8 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,800
Illumination Membership

Gift a Community Membership directly to our grant program in your name or the name of someone you love! Your donation will give one-woman full access at the Community level at Luminary for one year. This is a perfect contribution from both our male and female advocates. Having Members from all backgrounds is critical to our success, and your donated membership ensures women from all backgrounds will be a part of our Luminary community.

As a supporter, we’ll also put your name on the Luminary website.

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1 Supporter
Select this reward
$1,900
Side Hustle (over $500 savings!)
  • We’re offering a limited number of our Side Hustle Memberships at a $500 discount off the normal annual rate. There are 100 Side Hustle Memberships at this price available only through iFundWomen until October 10th. This is about $150 a month!! Once the Luminary crowdfund ends, standard Side Hustles go to $2,400 annually. 
  • With the Side Hustle, you will have unlimited access to the space “after hours” weekdays between 6-9PM, and all Saturday hours.
  • Priority access to evening Luminary programs and workshops and discounted access to Luminary events and Special events as well as conference rooms and private event space rental.
  • Get a preview of Luminary before it opens. Tour dates to be announced.
  • Let’s spread the Luminary love! Join us for our exclusive launch party. Launch party date in November 2018.
  • As a supporter, we’ll also put your name on the Luminary website. 
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3 Supporters
Select this reward
$2,800
The FLEX

This reward includes:

  • We're offering a limited number of The FLEX memberships at an $800 discount off the normal annual rate. There are 50 FLEX Memberships at this price available only through iFundWomen until October 10th. Once the Luminary crowdfund ends, standard FLEX memberships go to $3,600 annually.
  • With The FLEX, you will have 10 full days or 20 half days of usage per month. Super flexible for your schedule, day or night.
  • Access to all Luminary programs and workshops and discounts for special events and private event space rental. 
  • Get a preview of Luminary before it opens. Tour dates to be announced.
  • Let's spread the Luminary love! Join us for our exclusive launch party in November 2018. 
  • As a supporter, we'll also put your name on the Luminary website.
44 Left
6 Supporters
Select this reward

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

4 Supporters
Contribute
$3,500
Founding Member (over $1,000 savings!)

This reward includes:

  • As a Founding Member, you will have full access to the space, services, and programming Luminary has to offer at over $1,000 annual savings (Collective membership tier). This is a limited offer available only through iFundWomen. In addition, Founding Members receive a free month of unlimited access at Xtend Barre @ Luminary or their Tribeca studio in the first year (value of $150).
  • Get a preview of Luminary before it opens. Tour dates to be announced.
  • Let’s spread the Luminary love! Join us for our exclusive launch party with one guest. Launch party date in November 2018.
  • Feel REALLY good that your contribution directly funds access to the space in our 10-for-1 scholarship model.
  • As a supporter, we’ll also put your name on the Luminary website.
81 Left
19 Supporters
Select this reward
$25
Shine

This reward includes:

  • We will send you specially designed Luminary stickers, plus put your name on the Luminary website as a backer! Shipping is on us.
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$60
Glimmer

This reward includes:

  • We're proud to debut our Luminary signature wine tumbler. In addition, you'll receive our Luminary stickers and your name on the website as a backer. Shipping is on us.
6 Supporters
Select this reward
$250
Star Power

This reward includes:

  • One-month free membership if you decide to join as an annual or monthly Member.
  • Two tickets to one programming event for you and a friend. Luminary will offer events throughout the day and evening that enrich and empower women to get things done, cultivate relationships or learn something new. We'll tap local female talent from young entrepreneurs to seasoned veterans in every industry to build programs that keep Luminary Members curious and growing in their personal and professional lives.
  • As a supporter, we’ll also put your name on the Luminary website. 
40 Left
10 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,200
Community! - with Special Pricing!
  • We're offering a limited number of our Community Memberships at a $600 discount off the normal annual rate! There are 50 Community Memberships at this price available only through iFundWomen. Normal Community Memberships will be $1,800 annually (or $150 a month). Ladies, this is $100 a month (think of what you spend elsewhere)! 
  • With our Community Membership, you will have 10 days usage per month "after hours" including weekdays between 6-9PM, or 3 hours during the weekday and Saturday hours. This is a special promotion during the crowdfund! 
  • Access to evening and weekend Luminary programs and workshops and discounted rates for Special Events.
  • Let's spread the Luminary love! Join us for our exclusive launch party. Launch party date in November 2018.
  • As a supporter, we'll also put your name on the Luminary website. 
42 Left
8 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,800
Illumination Membership

Gift a Community Membership directly to our grant program in your name or the name of someone you love! Your donation will give one-woman full access at the Community level at Luminary for one year. This is a perfect contribution from both our male and female advocates. Having Members from all backgrounds is critical to our success, and your donated membership ensures women from all backgrounds will be a part of our Luminary community.

As a supporter, we’ll also put your name on the Luminary website.

19 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$1,900
Side Hustle (over $500 savings!)
  • We’re offering a limited number of our Side Hustle Memberships at a $500 discount off the normal annual rate. There are 100 Side Hustle Memberships at this price available only through iFundWomen until October 10th. This is about $150 a month!! Once the Luminary crowdfund ends, standard Side Hustles go to $2,400 annually. 
  • With the Side Hustle, you will have unlimited access to the space “after hours” weekdays between 6-9PM, and all Saturday hours.
  • Priority access to evening Luminary programs and workshops and discounted access to Luminary events and Special events as well as conference rooms and private event space rental.
  • Get a preview of Luminary before it opens. Tour dates to be announced.
  • Let’s spread the Luminary love! Join us for our exclusive launch party. Launch party date in November 2018.
  • As a supporter, we’ll also put your name on the Luminary website. 
72 Left
3 Supporters
Select this reward
$2,800
The FLEX

This reward includes:

  • We're offering a limited number of The FLEX memberships at an $800 discount off the normal annual rate. There are 50 FLEX Memberships at this price available only through iFundWomen until October 10th. Once the Luminary crowdfund ends, standard FLEX memberships go to $3,600 annually.
  • With The FLEX, you will have 10 full days or 20 half days of usage per month. Super flexible for your schedule, day or night.
  • Access to all Luminary programs and workshops and discounts for special events and private event space rental. 
  • Get a preview of Luminary before it opens. Tour dates to be announced.
  • Let's spread the Luminary love! Join us for our exclusive launch party in November 2018. 
  • As a supporter, we'll also put your name on the Luminary website.
44 Left
6 Supporters
Select this reward