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The Wing Switches Up Leadership

The Wing is changing its leadership team after IWG provided the women-oriented coworking club with funding last month.

Sheila Lirio Marcelo, founder and former CEO of, has been named as executive chairwoman of its board of directors, while Lauren Kassan, cofounder of The Wing and its former chief operating officer, will serve as CEO.

“Sheila has dedicated her career and life’s work to ensuring women have the resources they need to succeed and fulfill their dreams,” said Jess Lee, Wing investor and Sequoia partner. “Not only does Sheila know what it’s like to lead and grow a successful company, she knows the unique challenges that come with being a woman—especially a woman of color—in the workplace.”

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    After the Wing was close to the brink of bankruptcy last year in the midst of the pandemic, IWG invested into the company in order to help it expand and stay afloat.

    Last June, former CEO and founder Audrey Gelman resigned after numerous allegations of toxic and discriminatory work culture.

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    Aayat Ali

    Aayat is an editor for the Daily Digest based in Lexington, Kentucky. She has worked with local coworking spaces since August of 2017 and enjoys taking her firsthand knowledge to write about the fascinating, constantly evolving world of flexible workspaces. Feel free to reach out to her at [email protected] View all posts by Aayat Ali



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