To the women and girls reading this, have you had the “puberty talk” in elementary school and the teachers separated you from the boys? I have been in this same place, and all students should be required to learn the same information, girls hearing what the educators teach the boys, and boys hearing what the girls are taught. Namely, boys need to be educated on periods.
"Okay friends! I so am excited to tell you about an amazing new woman owned business here in California. It is a space created for women entrepreneurs that are looking for a space outside of their home to get their work done. As work-at-home moms I know that sometimes it can be hard to get the “work” part done with the kids playing, chores, Amazon deliveries, and just every day distractions that get in the way when you FINALLY get the time to work."
Words cannot express enough gratitude for the village that has genuinely supported us on this journey to empower women! Thank you to the more than 200 individuals who attended our grand opening to show your support! Thank you to those who sent words of encouragement! Thank you to those who told a friend or colleague to check out W.I.T.! Thank you to the dreamers who believed in the vision! Thank you to those who have supported us in anyway!
“WIT’s mantra,” Lee explained is, “putting a pretty bow on hard work.” Explaining, “[It] came from my admiration of the women in my community who are changing the world in their daily efforts. My contribution to that effort is curating a beautiful environment to nurture their handiwork.”
“I would love to find an entrepreneur that had a smooth road. There’s solace knowing that the troubleshooting and setbacks is common among new business owners.”
“As a company, we are most proud of the connections that are organically arising between the women just by being connected in the Women In Tandem space.”
Let’s keep it real, traveling with children will almost certainly bring some element of surprise and stress, but rest assured, the benefits far outweigh any stressors. So first, let’s address some of your concerns. Might someone get car sick? Most likely. Will there be frequent restroom stops? Absolutely. Could there be lots of sibling arguments? Yup. Will they cooperate for family photos? Probably not. Should you expect lots of complaining and hearing the question, “Are we there yet” multiple times? You bet’cha! By now you may be asking, why is it a good idea to travel with your children? Here’s why …
Today we’d like to introduce you to Ana Lee. Ana, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. I was a lawyer for ten years. I practiced criminal defense. I loved the clients and the job but a few things were happening that made me take a giant leap and quit. I was a mom of 3 kids and felt like I wasn’t doing motherhood very well or my job the best I could. These feelings were prevalent at the same time that I felt that my role as a woman in the office wasn’t valued as much as a man’s role.
I wanted to start my own law practice. Not only did I want to hang up my “shingle”, but I wanted to do it right out of law school. We were told over and over, that the chances of us being successful on our own were slim to none. That wasn’t factoring in the fact that I was a woman, in a highly dominated male industry. All of the odds were stacked against me.... A woman, young, a mom, a wife...I am sure there are more factors but you get the point. Despite all of the warnings and unsolicited advice, I chose to pursue my dreams. Now, nine years later, I am still running a successful law practice and I started a second business (five years ago), a health and wellness company. I guess that would make me a dual entrepreneur. A female one at that!
Riverside native, Ana Yeager Lee, is opening a new lounge and workspace for women in downtown Riverside. Women in Tandem, WIT for short, is a place for women to focus, connect, and get things done. Lee’s mission is to give passionate women an inviting, retreat-like workspace where they can be productive, supported by like-minded women, and empowered in their areas of influence. WIT is always a stomping ground for professional and personal work, but also a place for some cheeky fun.
I saw a fuzzy figure walking up the path to the doorway and the people in the room began to buzz excitedly, “It’s Kelly! He’s coming! Kelly!” Kelly is my uncle who passed away far too young from the AIDs epidemic. The youngest of 7 kids and a twin, to-boot, he was a unique, blithe spirit, full of mischief and yet gentleness.