River City Six – Kate Gallagher
Meet Kate Gallagher, on-site manager of Modern Work Suites & Studios (www.modernworksuites.com).
Tell us a little about your business.
Modern Work is a community work space with fully furnished private studios and suites. We’re located in the historic Pamida building at 8790 F St. We offer our tenants a fun and welcoming vibe with our unique, mid-century modern décor. Tenants enjoy their stylized private offices with access to the community spaces like our Living Room and Mixx Lounge. Modern Work has the feel of a “business neighborhood” or “business ecosystem,” filled with a variety of professionals that crossover on a daily basis in our community spaces, as well as during monthly and weekly networking opportunities that we host. Our many amenities such as conference rooms, internet, all-day coffee, and regular food truck visits are enjoyed by all of our tenants.
How did you get started in the business?
After more than three years working as a volunteer coordinator at the non-profit NorthStar Foundation, I was ready to take on a new challenge. I attended one of the first networking events that Modern Work hosted and fell in love with the space and concept.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
Taking on a new job opportunity always has its challenges. Every day is different at Modern Work when you’re taking care of a variety of tenants with different needs, especially as we continue to grow and fill our studios and suites.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
Honestly, landing this job that I love! I’ve spent the majority of the last 20 years raising my kids. After I graduated with my masters degree, I had a great career at AT&T, but becoming a mom put me out of the workforce for many years. Modern Work has been such a fun place to restart my professional life.
Tell us a little about your family.
I’m the proud mother of four great kids: Nolan (24), Libby (22), Simon (18), and Greta (16). My kids are my life, along with my two dogs: August, a basset hound, and Mattie, a golden retriever.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
My current situation! My kids are quickly growing up and will all be out of the house.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
I love to play tennis. In the summer, I have a great group of friends that play every Saturday. I also love to decorate my house and take care of my flowers.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I can play the piano.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou.
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“Kate” by Ben Folds Five.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
The ability to blink and make anything happen, like in the show I Dream of Jeannie. I always do “the blink” when my kids and I are sitting on our luggage waiting for our exit home from vacation. It gives us all a good laugh.
What is your favorite movie?
You’ve Got Mail.
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