Jennifer Thoemke is founder and owner of Connects Workspace and owner of Café 13. Jennifer is a Colorado native and has over 25 years of leadership experience ranging from non-profit, small business and Corporate America. In June 2015 she opened Connects Workspace, a coworking space in Golden, CO and has since expanded to 15,000 sq. ft of coworking space. In June 2018 she purchased Café 13, a local coffee shop.
Spending twelve years in the mortgage industry before opening Connects Workspace established Jennifer as a strong, passionate, energetic leader who loves a challenge and seeks creative solutions to help others succeed. Ending her mortgage career as the Vice President of Secondary Marketing, Jennifer carried Pinnacle Mortgage Group from single loan sales to building a 500 million dollar mortgage portfolio, creating an income stream that placed Pinnacle in a position for a Fortune 500 Company to purchase the portfolio and company.
Volunteerism is a priority of Jennifer’s: she is on the board of Community Faith in Action, a part of the leadership team of Hillside Community Church, a member of Women Presidents’ Organization and President of Golden Women in Business. Jennifer’s biggest passion is for her husband of over 25 years and her four children. On the weekend you will most likely find her throwing a party or inviting friends and family over.
SENIOR COMMUNITY MANAGER
Courtney Wainwright grew up in Golden and attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins and graduated with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Business Administration in December 2017. Courtney has been with Connects since March 2018 and enjoys the connections she makes on a daily basis. When Courtney is not at Connects, she enjoys spending time with her husband, her son, Brooks, and their two Golden Retrievers.
Judy Maxwell has worked for Coors Brewing Company, Abbott Laboratories and Ricoh. Her background is in Organization Development with a focus on Leadership & Team Development, Process Improvement, and Customer Satisfaction. Judy designs experiential learning workshops. The workshops allow participants to walk through processes and develop steps that will support in bringing about positive changes in their lives.
Chriseda has a background in project management and operations management. Her skills include but are not limited to event planning and facilitation, paper flow and records keeping, creating graphic flyers and mailers, website maintenance, vendor management and creative project management of various sizes and with various levels of involvement. Chriseda's interests are cultivating connections, eating, arting, naturing, nurturing and laughing. Chriseda also teaches on topics of boundaries, consent, connection and platonic touch as outlined on her website Touch of Heart LLC.
Amanda is a proud New Englander who has just recently arrived in Golden. She chose her new home based on one simple thought - where does her soul feel most alive? So here she is. Her life looks a lot like: loving on all of my houseplants, indulging in mountains of ice cream, and diving into deep conversations about horses’ facial expressions. You might see her around - please introduce yourself! Get to know each other, create, create, create, throw in a few laughs, and continue to build roots in this wonderful space
Debi works with individuals and businesses to streamline processes using digital technology. She takes into consideration the digital tools you're already using – your website, e-mail client, social networks, data management software – and aligns them with your business objectives. She designs customized processes using readily available (and often free) tools to help you operate efficiently and stay engaged with your customers and market.
One of Debi's favorite sayings is "Work smarter, not harder." That's her ultimate goal!
"...Same, too, with Connects Workspace, which opened in Golden in 2015. Founder and Golden native Jennifer Thoemke said she focused on being a community asset, kept her business in the black and helped tenants who outgrew the space find a larger one."
Jennifer Thoemke was nominated for the "Shattered Glass Award" celebrating women who have broken the glass ceiling in their professional careers, shattered records, cracked a new code of discovery, or otherwise just rocked the world – true agents of positive change.
Are you a business or nonprofit looking to connect? Jennifer Thoemke of Connects Workspace and other local business owners discuss their approaches to corporate philanthropy and collaboration with Golden nonprofits.