LOCAL PROFILES: Tracy Candido - LMHQ (8.29.18)
New seasons means new activities and opportunities to try/check out/learn something new. When it comes to getting out of our comfort zone, we often turn to LMHQ and their incredible programming lineup. More than just work, meeting or event spaces, LMHQ is a resource for professionals living and working in New York, especially downtown.
We spoke with LMHQ's Tracy Candido, Director of Programs and Events, to learn more about what's coming up and and what you should be RSVPing to immediately...
Tell us about LMHQ…
LMHQ is a flexible and affordable workspace located just two blocks south of Fulton Center at 150 Broadway. At our core we're a nonprofit that offers the most competitively priced, centrally located space in the city but beyond that we are a community of entrepreneurs, freelancers and local businesses who are engaged and collaborative. You can find a desk to work from at almost every corner in NYC but our members choose to come to LMHQ for the people and the programming.
What should locals know about LMHQ overall?
Events are a cornerstone of the LMHQ community. We're always looking for unique ways to connect with and support our thriving community so we host regular programs that aim to teach people about new career skills and bring them together for unfiltered networking opportunities. Every month we're hosting at least three public events that include our popular monthly Women's Breakfast, an intimate workshop and an inspirational evening with prominent speakers from across a variety of industries including media, fintech, advertising, education, publishing, and technology.
Tell us what's new at LMHQ for fall 2018...
Our community has been growing steadily over the past two years and the response to our public programming has been overwhelmingly positive to say the least. As an unintended result, we've had several occasions where we've had to turn people away at the door as part of our first-come, first-serve policy and we value our participants time too much to let that happen regularly. As a remedy, we're introducing a new model where attendees can reserve their spot for $15/ticket. We tried to keep the cost as low as possible so that everyone will have access to our speakers for about as much as you'd pay for a movie or yoga class and it comes with the guarantee that if you show up, you'll get in. Additionally, for our regulars, we're launching a brand new "Connector"" membership status that will give free access to paid events and first access to free events all year long along with other perks.
What can locals expect from LMHQ this season?
We have a great season in the making. Our first Women's Breakfast will be a paid event on how to negotiate your salary with special guests Ladies Get Paid. Both our organizations share the belief that since women and non-binary folks earn less than men, closing the wage gap and fighting for equal pay is a no-brainer. Similar to past breakfasts, we'll have a ton of networking opportunities as well as coffee and bagels but this time we're setting the event up as a workshop where each attendee will walk away with confidence on how and when to make the case for getting paid what they're worth.
What are your favorite don't-miss sessions coming up this season?
I think it's safe to say that politics have been a driving force of conversation within our community and throughout the city at large so in advance of the midterm elections we're devoting our October Women's Breakfast to a conversation on democracy. The details aren't finalized just yet but we think it will be a a great lineup.