About Us

The Wing’s mission is to create space for women to advance their pursuits and build community together.

The Wing is a network of co-working and community spaces for women, founded in Manhattan’s Ladies Mile in 2016.

Audrey Gelman

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

Lauren Kassan

CO-FOUNDER & COO

Marianna Martinelli

COMMUNITY DIRECTOR

Rae Wright

General Manager

Crystal Fawn

Soho Community Manager

Melanie Altarescu

EVP, Partnerships

Alex Covington

Brand Director

Liz Dean

Regional Manager

McLean Peterson

Member Services

Emma Holland

Events Coordinator

Rebekah Jett

Events Associate

Jacqueline Rago

Director of Operations

Hana Kim

Director of Partnerships & Experiences

Deva Pardue

Design Director

Hannah Scarritt-Selman

Food & Beverage Program Manager

Yari Blanco

Brooklyn Community Manager

Chip Perro

Community Analyst

Elyse Fox

Creative Associate

Maria Lombera

Business Development

Penelope Luksic

Executive Assistant
Our Press
  • "How The Wing is Reviving the Radical Women's Club Movement"

  • “The Wing is a modern take on a much-needed tradition”

  • "Why This Women-Only Club Is 
More Important Than Ever"

    Roots
    01

    The women’s club movement was formed in the 19th and early 20th century by pioneering women who provided each other with encouraging community at a time when they needed it most.

    There were over 600 such groups in New York City by the 1930’s and over 5,000 nationwide.

    02

    In 1868, Fanny Fern was turned away from an all-male New York Press Club dinner honoring Charles Dickens. Fern, a popular American newspaper columnist, explained that she was invited to “listen to the speeches ‘through the crack of a door.’

    One year later, Fern cofounded America’s first professional women’s club, Sorosis.

    03

    By the 1920s, the social club wasn’t just for middle class or wealthy women. Working women met in groups under names like the Lady Flashers, the Lady Millionaires, and the Lady Liberties.

    In the 1970s, women’s clubs took on issues more pertinent to the times. The Jane Club of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union maintained a network of abortion providers, and the Boston Women’s Health Collective published Our Bodies, Ourselves.

    Written by Alexis Coe - The WIng’s in-house historian