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Author Archives: Lauren

Director of Business Development at The Grommet

  • Strong Women Building Strong Girls

    Recently, I've been thinking more and more about the considerable work that still needs to be done in the fight for women's equality.

    On February 7th, we launched ‘100 Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls’ from the brilliant Timbuktu Labs. As the title suggests, the book dispatches with the tired princess in a castle fairy tale and instead tells the stories of 100 real women whose tales have been even more fantastic–who didn’t need knights in shining armor to make them happen.


    That afternoon, a video message from Hillary Clinton produced by MAKERS, the storytelling platform for women by women, hit my Twitter feed. She encouraged her audience to ‘dare greatly and lead boldly.’ It was Clinton’s first real public appearance since the election and an echo of her message to the nation’s female youth during her concession.

    “To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams."

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  • Next Stop: Seattle Meetup

    For the past few weeks, The Grommet Team has been on the road meeting up with our Community in several cities (most recently San Francisco and Denver) and next week we touch down in Seattle.

    Seattle_TheGrommet Meetup

    On Thursday, November 13th The Grommet will be teaming up with Nytec to gather Seattle’s Makers and Retailers. The fun doesn’t end there, though. Our team will remain in the Emerald City through the weekend to coach and judge, respectively, Kirkland’s Startup Weekend – Maker Edition.

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  • On the Road: Meet us in San Francisco



    Another week and The Grommet is popping in to another amazing city – next up, San Francisco! It is no secret that San Francisco has a vibrant startup culture and one of the biggest clusters of Grommet Makers is nestled in the Bay Area, nearly 3000 miles from our home base. We're eager to pay this group a visit.


    Last week we touched down in Denver and had a great time meeting many new faces.

    During our stop in San Francisco, we will be partnering with WeWork to create a similar event. WeWork describes themselves as a “platform for creators” – a description that hits very close to home for The Grommet. At their base, WeWork is a network of 25  global coworking spaces that allow makers, creators, entrepreneurs to produce their best work in the company of a like-minded membership that is 15,000 strong and growing. WeWork was a sponsor for our 2014 Product Pitch at Fenway Park, so we are fans of the Boston team and are looking forward to better getting to know the San Francisco WeWorkers.

    The doors will open at 6:30 for a casual evening of networking and collaboration. Ray Hallare, The Grommet Director of Operations, and I will be there to meet our Makers, greet our new Retailers, and welcome WeWork’s members along with our own supporters. This is a great opportunity to celebrate a big year or gain inspiration as we round the corner toward 2015, so if you’re in the area please stop by.

    JOIN US: November 5th at 6:30 - 9:00 PM

        WeWork SOMA156 Second Street San FranciscoCA 94105

    This event is open to all, we can't wait to meet you!

    Please RSVP here.

    Can't make it? No problem. Join The Grommet Community Meetup Group to keep in touch with your local Grommet community.

  • See You There? Meet Us In Denver


    After making a stop at the NY Maker Faire, The Grommet is hitting the road again.

    Denver Meetup

    On October 23rd our team will be touching down in Denver, Colorado to gather our local Makers, Retailers, and supporters for an evening of networking, pitching, and socializing. The Boulder and Denver communities are known for adventure, innovation, and a strong sense of community; in short, it is The Grommet’s kind of place. We will be teaming up with Firefly Handmade Markets and Converge Denver to host an event that is as relevant to business as it is fun, and are looking forward to introducing our communities to one another. Continue Reading

  • See You There? The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth

    After nearly six years of building and getting to know our community from behind the screen, we are breaking free and coming to meet you. In person. The Grommet Team cannot wait to bring our mission, our sense of style, and, of course, our Grommets to the World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science on September 20th-21st.


    The Grommet hits the Maker Faire in NY

    The “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth” embodies the pulse of the Maker Movement as hundreds of Makers and tens of thousands of attendees take part in this “family-friendly festival of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.” We are jazzed to help tap the rhythm of this pivotal social and economic movement.

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