Jamie Russo Chief of Work and Wellness
Jamie’s background is a mix of start-ups, big 6 consulting and Fortune 500 companies, working in healthcare and consumer packaged goods. Her passion is helping people achieve wellbeing at work in order to do their best work. After growing a health services company that became focused on getting employees at large companies engaged in their health, she wanted to focus her efforts on creating work cultures from the ground up. Fortunately, this coincided with the growing ability for startups, business owners and mobile workers to self-select a work environment. She founded Enerspace Coworking. The Chicago space opened in February 2012 and the Palo Alto space in June 2013. She is looking to expand through joint venture opportunities in Chicago and Oakland.
Jamie is the current president of the League of Extraordinary Coworking spaces, an international network of 35+ boutique coworking spaces that fosters mobility among members and best-practice sharing among owners.
She also launched a podcast on coworking trends and how-tos on May 1 2015.
Jamie loves to talk and write about coworking, in particular, integrating wellness into work space design. She is available for speaking engagements and guest blogging.
Kyla Saflor, Palo Alto Community Manager
Kyla might be the only University of California, Santa Barbara to voluntarily finish her undergrad within 4 years. After leaving Paradise, she worked for the Golden State Warriors while spending her free time sharing wellness tips with her friends. When she isn’t organizing member events at Enerspace, she is working out and cruising Pinterest for healthy recipes!
Leslie Haddon, Chicago Community Manager
Leslie was born and raised in Ohio. She moved to Chicago to attend the International Academy of Merchandising and Design where she majored in Fashion Merchandising and Management. In the fall of 2000 she started the ColeHaddon Showroom. She focused on bringing Contemporary and European Designers to the Midwest Market.
Leslie always had an itch to do something outside of the Fashion Industry. In 2005, she enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she studied Holistic Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching. Still not completely professionally fulfilled Leslie founded my Vibrant Life where she did private Nutrition Counseling with busy professionals trying to find work/ lifestyle balance.
She continued to balance her two companies for the next four years. In October 2008 Leslie and her husband Patrick decided to start a family; they have a beautiful daughter, Paige. In 2011 feeling overwhelmed by the fashion world Leslie started questioning her future in the industry and decided to close the ColeHaddon, Showroom. Leslie’s background in Management and her passion for wellness allow her to combine her two loves in one job and effectively lead Enerspace Chicago.