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The Riveter

Friday Feature: Lisa Miller

This week's Friday Feature goes out to another amazing member! Meet, Lisa Miller. You can find her primarily working in our Capitol Hill space with Washington Student Cycling League

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Lisa recently joined our community last October. She had first read about The Riveter in an article announcing the opening of our flagship location in Capitol Hill. She has been interested in the concept of coworking for the past 10 years, and had even started working on a business model for a space in SoDo before shelving the idea to start a non-project organization. She kept tabs on The Riveter's development and the launch of our second location in Fremont. When attending a yoga retreat, she met a group of remarkable ladies that were discussing the challenges working women face and learned one of the ladies was an investor in The Riveter. It was her testimonial that got Lisa to walk into our doors and she hasn't looked back since. We're so happy to have her!

We took some time to chat with Lisa about her work with Washington Student Cycling League and her experience with us.

 

What are a few of your favorite things about The Riveter?

Admittedly, I joined The Riveter simply for a place to work. I have a home office and wanted somewhere to go for a change in scenery (and to spend some time away from my retired husband who lives everyday like it is a vacation and would like me to vacation daily with him). What I discovered was that The Riveter is so much more than a working space. I discovered an amazing group of people, stimulating conversation, and an opportunity to share ideas with others and get feedback. This my # 1 favorite thing. And to think that I almost didn’t join because I thought it'd be all young, tech industry people that I wouldn’t have anything in common with because of my age and industry. I was wrong! The demographic is quite varied and I am happy to report that I have made some amazing new, young high-tech friends as well.
 
Also, I am much more productive when I work at The Riveter. When I go, I take only my laptop and a notebook so it’s easier for me to stay focused and prioritize what is most important to get done that day.
 
Tell us about yourself! Include 3 fun facts.
 
Well, I consider myself to be a fun person and I have created my next job title to be the “Facilitator of Fun,” but coming up with fun facts is challenging! I guess I would have to say one fun fact about me is that I am listed in the IMBD for a movie that was filmed at my house for my role as “Mojito Girl.” It’s a crazy and funny story and if you see me at The Riveter, I would love to share it with you. You might just get a laugh out of it.
 
Wow, this is tough. I bought my first house when I was 18 years old. I know, very unusual. After living there for quite some time, I went to a neighborhood gathering and everyone thought I was the “landscape girl” that the people with the house on the corner hired to mow the lawn.
 
As an experienced mountain bike racer, it’s pretty funny when you show up to the start line with your helmet on backwards. Yep, it happened.
 
Tell us what you do!
 
I am the Founder and Executive Director of a non-profit organization called the Washington Student Cycling League. I guess you could say that I really am the “Facilitator of Fun.”
 
What is Washington Student Cycling League? How can members get involved (any events)?
 

The Washington Student Cycling League is an interscholastic mountain bike program for students grades 6 though 12. Our guiding principles are developing strong mind, strong body and strong character through inclusivity and equality and positive outdoor experiences.

We carry out our mission by providing safe, accessible mountain bike riding opportunities for students, encouraging healthy lifestyle habits through physical fitness and positive outdoor experiences, facilitating an environment of teamwork, stewardship and leadership.

Don’t you wish you had mountain biking as a sport when you were in middle and high school?
 
How to get involved? I am glad you asked, there are many ways. You can:
  • Volunteer at one of our races which are posted at www.washingtonleague.org.
  • Help with graphic design, website re-development, e-learning platform, promotional materials and we always need professional speakers for our coaching conferences and Student Leadership Summit, just to name a few!
  • Become a volunteer coach and work directly with the students.
  • Make a tax-deductible donation to the League to enable more students the opportunity to participate and discover the benefits of this lifelong sport.  
What is your #1 piece of advice for women professionals / entrepreneurs?
 
Make yourself strong. A strong body, a strong mind and a strong character are interconnected and in my opinion is the winning recipe of life. My success really started when I made physical fitness a priority. The confidence that I gained by making my body strong spilled over to all aspects of my life and as a result my professional career launched to levels I never expected. Hard work is so much easier when you're strong.
 
What's your perspective on success / failure?
 
Failure is like stepping up one more rung on the ladder of success. It’s part of the process and shouldn’t be feared. It’s inevitable and essential. When you know better, you do better, so failure is the ultimate learning opportunity. 
 
What is your favorite book / podcast of all time?
 
My favorite book of all time is "Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund." The novel captured immediately with the opening line, “Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last.”
 
What's your go-to karaoke song?
 
Even as the Facilitator of Fun, I am not much of a karaoke singer. But you will find me on the stage as a backup dancer! Which reminds me of another fun fact - I used to dream of being a Solid Gold backup dancer. Yep, I am that old.
 
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
 
I am pretty stoked on the living in the moment. But if I had to go back in time, I would want to go back to the time when some of the most beautiful places in the world weren’t touristy.
 
What's rocking your world this month?
 
Right now I am participating in a 30 Day Lifestyle and Wellness Challenge with some of my friends. This week, I chose to make at least five sincere and meaningful compliments to people per day. It’s totally changed my perspective. Instead of acknowledging someone's fabulous shoes or new haircut, I am looking for more meaningful things in people. Try it!
 

Head over to our Capitol Hill space to meet and chat with Lisa!

 

Stay tuned every Friday for a feature blog post on The Riveter members! We have amazing members in our Capitol Hill and Fremont spaces and we're excited to share their stories. #TheRiveterMembers 

 

Feature photo from Washington Student Cycling League