THE WAVE

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32 E. Exchange Place

Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

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(801) 822-5595

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Welcome to

A NEW WAY TO WORK

Why The Wave?

Women thrive in environments where they are surrounded by other driven and accomplished women, and those spaces are rare in Utah. So, we built on. The Wave is a coworking space and social club in downtown Salt Lake City built to create an empowering space for women in Utah. The Wave is a space to build both your business and community.

Whether you’re a freelancer, independent contractor, business owner, or just wanting to spend a few hours working in a space outside your home or usual coffee shop, co-working spaces and social clubs have become an increasingly popular option. 

 

The Wave took the coworking and social club model and elevated it to meet the needs of Utah women. We’re creating a community of collaboration by offering a space for networking and meeting other women in Utah that share similar passions and visions. ​

 

Our 17,000 square foot space provides everything you need to thrive in your personal and professional life. Coworking is our speciality, but we offer so much more. The Wave offers on-site childcare, an art space, podcast room, beauty bar, private event rental, private office and desk rental options, and more. Schedule a tour and see what we're all about.

Women thrive

in women's spaces.

In 2018, a study by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company found that women remain underrepresented in the workplace, receive less support from company leaders, and sexual harassment remains a prevalent problem. Women are asking for more, but are left behind when it comes to promotions and higher pay. You can read the details of the study here.

 

Despite these statistics, there are solutions and steps companies can take to make progress. Women succeed in environments that foster inclusion, offer flexibility, refrain from tokenizing, and ensure fair practices in hiring.  Women’s spaces create these environments. The success and advancement of women is only realized when work environments take diversity and inclusion seriously. Enter the women’s coworking space. Learn more about our plan options here.

32 E. Exchange Place

Our building once housed the Commercial Club, a business club for men in Salt Lake City. When it was first built in 1909, women weren't allowed in the building, except for limited spaces such as the Ladie's Parlor on the first floor and the women's dining room on the third floor. You can learn more about the unique history of our building here.

The founding members of the historic Commercial Club.

THE WOMEN OF THE WAVE

Joanna Smith, CEO and Founder of The Wave

As an outspoken feminist, Joanna has become a powerful voice for women throughout the State of Utah. She works with political leaders to advocate for women’s rights and the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. She sits on the Board of Directors for University of Utah’s Women’s Resource Center, Elmer’s Helpers and Utah Women Unite.  Joanna has worn many hats throughout her career having been a Social Media Manager, Education Coordinator and Design Team Lead for an international arts company, event planner, personal banker and waitress. She is the Wave Founder and C.E.O and works full time helping all of Utah’s marginalized genders break barriers, shatter ceilings and achieve their dreams. Joanna is an avid quilter, enjoys hiking and pedicures, dislikes poorly written books and spends most of her free time with her four kind and smart children. She lives with her equal partner and spouse in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Founder and CEO

Joanna J. Smith

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Cristina moved to Utah in 2016 for the Mormon Studies Research Fellowship at the University of Utah's Tanner Humanities Center. After falling in love with Utah, she chose to stay once her research was finished. Since her arrival in Utah, Cristina has been actively involved with the Sunstone Education Foundation and its mission of amplifying diverse voices. Cristina is passionate about American religious history, ERA, and polygamist rights.​ Cristina recently received her PhD in Religious Studies from the University of California, Riverside and is currently working on her first book, under contract with the University of Illinois Press. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her dog (Maggie), canning, and brewing beer.

General Manager

Cristina Rosetti

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Wenndy joins the Wave as the Membership Coordinator. Her career includes a background in Sales and Operations, where she has been able to pursue her passion of creating connections with others. A proud member of the LantinX community, she was born in Colombia and raised in the heart of Los Angeles. Her career has brought her to Utah where she has lived for the past 10 years. Her interests include salsa dancing, art, and history. Wenndy is an advocate for equal rights and strives to promote a world of kindness and equality through the involvement of organizations that support and uplift her community. 

Membership Coordinator

Wenndy Garzon

Kalani Tonga, Community Coordinator of The Wave

Kalani Tonga is a woman who wears many hats. When she is not working at The Wave, Kalani is the Literary Coordinator and Women's Writing Group Facilitator for PEAU, a Salt Lake City-based non-profit organization created to empower and assist Pacific Islander communities in Utah. Kalani is a published author whose first book, We Hold Your Name: Mormon Women Bless Mormons Facing Exile, was published earlier this year. This compilation of poetry made the Amazon Best Sellers list in multiple categories within the first week of its release. For her current literary project, Brave Pasifika Women Tell Their Stories, Kalani is gathering the stories of successful Polynesian women and compiling them into a book to show 10-14 year old Polynesian girls that women who look like them are doing important work in the world. Kalani is also a professional artist who sells commissioned paintings, a mother of five, and an educator certified to teach high school history and social studies.

Community Coordinator

Kalani Tonga