We call it ModernWell Magic. ModernWell was born out of a passion to create a space that is centered around women’s needs—a bright, warm, comfortable space where members are inspired to unleash their creativity and empowered to achieve personal and professional success. Founder Julie Burton, an author, freelance writer, and fitness and wellness advocate, yearned for a space like this as she juggled work and raising her four children. She says that ModernWell has been a lifetime in the making but the spark was ignited by witnessing the power of women supporting women that occurred within the Twin Cities Writing Studio she co-founded in 2015. Julie’s vision became clearer as she conceived ModernWell to be an inspirational workspace, with both private and communal options, yoga and meditation classes, coffee, tea, and healthy food, a relaxation/nap room, and ongoing enrichment and community engagement opportunities. ModernWell is more than a workspace, it is a community where members are celebrated and supported both professionally and personally. A place to grow individually and collectively, where members are encouraged to live the life they aspire to live. ModernWell fosters a kind and inclusive community, is unaffiliated with any religion or political party, and welcomes all who believe in the power of supporting women.
Julie Burton has spent the past two decades working as a freelance writer, author, self-care advocate, fitness instructor, and teacher while mothering her four children alongside her husband of 25 years. Co-founding the Twin Cities Writing Studio in 2015 and publishing The Self-Care Solution: A Modern Mother’s Guide to Health and Well-Being in 2016, she combined her passion for writing, self-care, and empowering people to be their best selves, she founded ModernWell—the first women-centered co-working and wellness space in Minneapolis. Julie writes and speaks about motherhood and self-care and her work has been featured in Motherly, Mamalode, Brain, Child Magazine, Dr. Laura, and The Huffington Post. She has been quoted in dozens of local, national, and international media stories on topics relating to motherhood, self-care, entrepreneurship, and women-focused co-working spaces. Such media outlets include The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, The Boston Globe, Mind Body Green, Success Magazine, The Star Tribune, Twin Cities Live, CBS, NBC and Fox News Minnesota, Chicago, Dallas, and New York. She lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota, with her family.
Laura is a Minnesota native, an Eden Prairie High School alum, and a graduate of the University of Kansas.
Bringing an operational and systems management background in the wellness industry to ModernWell, Laura has found her strengths lie in community building, making connections, and is passionate about helping others succeed in doing what they love.
Laura is an avid traveler, sci-fi fan, and artist. In her free time, you can find her reading, pouring custom candles with her fiancé, snuggling with her cats, or watching a Kansas Jayhawk basketball game.
Laura’s spirit animal is Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Chelsey is a small-town Minnesota native (think population 700!) and recent alum of the College of Saint Benedict in Saint Joseph, MN. She moved the Minneapolis after graduating in May and is loving life in ‘the big city’. With a degree in communications/marketing, Chelsey has joined the ModernWell team as the Director of Operations. She loves to combine her love for all things event planning with supporting incredible women at ModernWell.
Chelsey is a fitness junkie and enjoys exploring all the trails, fitness studios and running groups Minneapolis has to offer. In her free time, you can find Chelsey running the lake trails, hanging at a brewery with friends or curling up on the couch to another episode of Parenthood on Netflix.
Minnesota born & raised, St. Paul native, Bre, brings 18 years of client/customer service experience to her role with ModernWell. Her exceptional organizational skills and genuine friendly nature makes for a perfect addition to the ModernWell team.
When she isn’t working, you can find her planning her next hiking trip, walking and running around the lakes with her pup, Ari, or baking up a gluten-free storm in her new Kingfield condo.
Although she started her life in China, Kira has spent most of her time in the Twin Cities. She graduated from Breck School in Golden Valley, earned her BS at Loyola University Chicago and is currently attending St. Kate’s to obtain her Master’s in Occupational Therapy. Kira has a number of years in community and personal service work and loves helping others achieve their personal goals.
Kira gets her energy from working out and running. When she’s not studying she loves to be outdoors and to travel the world.
Malaya was born and raised in a small town in southwest Minnesota. She is the first generation Laotian American in her family.
Malaya graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2018 with a bachelors degree in mass communications. Although she is from a small town she is loving life in the big city!
Malaya is passionate about helping others by motivating them to follow their dreams.
Malaya loves makeup, shopping, reading motivational books, and enjoying time with friends and family even though she’s go the on 24/7.