What happens when dozens of inspirational women gather to work, create, connect, and renew?
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, podcaster, 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, and ongoing enrichment and community engagement opportunities, including the ModernWell Writing Studio. Since opening its doors in 2018 as the Twin Cities’ first female-centered co-working community, ModernWell is much more than a building or a workspace – it is a community where thousands of Twin Citians gather in person and on-line to work, network, learn, grow, create, and take care of themselves and each other.
ModernWell is a hub for creatives, entrepreneurs, and business and thought leaders around the country. Hundreds of freelancers and independent contractors, along with dozens of local for-profit and non-profit companies run their businesses out of ModernWell. Such companies include The Reel Hope Project, The BWC, Let Go, Let Flow, and Forethought Planning. ModernWell’s strategic partners include many women-led businesses including Knock Inc., Team Women, and Village Bank. ModernWell has attracted thought leaders like President Obama’s advisor Valerie Jarrett, internationally acclaimed author and podcast host Dani Shapiro, and internationally renowned yoga instructor and activist Seane Corn who chose ModernWell as their Twin Cities book launch venue and shared messages of hope and inspiration with the Twin Cities community and beyond.
In addition to being the founder and CEO of ModernWell, Julie Burton is an award-winning author, co-creator of the podcast Her Next Chapter, and co-founder of Stories Behind the Menu. She is also a proud mom of four fabulous humans and one adorable dog Scooby that she raises alongside her husband of 29 years. Julie’s professional mission centers around one driving force – to empower women. Her journey started in 2015 when she co-founded the Twin Cities Writing Studio with local writer Nina Badzin. A year later she published The Self-Care Solution: a Modern Mother’s Must-Have Guide to Health and Well-Being. She became an internationally renowned self-care expert and has been interviewed by the Associated Press, Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, and a multitude of local and national radio and television news outlets. She then saw a need to build a space to foster greater creativity, community and connection and created ModernWell in 2018, which was the Twin Cities’ first female-centered co-working community and event center. In 2020, Julie and executive coach Stephanie Pierce, both of whom navigated significant professional reinventions, realized the importance of sharing women’s reinvention stories with women around the globe—and the Her Next Chapter podcast was born. And in 2021, Julie co-founded Stories Behind the Menu with Chaz Sandifer to promote racial health and equity through food and storytelling. Julie received the 2021 Women in Business Award by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Julie writes and speaks about self-care, entrepreneurship, reinvention (reach out to email@example.com for inquiries).