Jess Swanson is a journalist living in Miami, where she covers news, lifestyle and the occasional frat bro. A proud Miami girl, she is never more than a few miles away from a juicy frita.
Five female-only groups to join in Miami right now
Where’s a woman’s place these days? In Miami, it’s at a coffeeshop for an entrepreneur meet-up or the streets of Wynwood for an empowering group run, though the list goes on thanks to this fresh crop of ladies-only communities in the city. Women in Leadership League Whether you’re leading a sorority fund-raiser or a multinational corporation, Anayancy Escarpanter wants you. Last year, she founded the Women in Leadership League, an organization designed to unite Miami’s female trailblazers. “We don’t define what a woman leader is,” says Escarpanter. WILL hosts monthly female-empowerment gatherings, which have included a panel discussion on ladies in the business world and a party highlighting women chefs. Escarpanter emphasizes programming that’s inspiring but also useful for busy women like herself. “My time is valuable,” she says. Membership $30/month, $300/year; womeninleadershipleague.com Photograph: Alex Escarpanter & Daniel Velazquez The Miami Girl Society After a psychic told her to move to Miami to “find her tribe,” Candis Hickman packed up her belongings and left Chicago for the Magic City last year. Her psychic was on to something: In January, she formed the Miami Girl Society, a growing community of creative women focused on their careers. She hosts two events a month—think social-media strategy sessions with local influencers—and plans to offer educational services soon. “My mission is to help creative women turn their passion into profit,” Hickman says. For updat
This Downtown coliving space is redefining the notion of work-life balance
Professionals fall into two camps nowadays: people with day jobs and the rest of the world. Those in the latter group don’t clock in but work round-the-clock—remaining connected without being attached to a single workplace. They’re called digital nomads, and you’re likely to find them at Roam, a hipster coliving space along the Miami River. A cross between a boutique hotel and a hostel, the complex—which occupies the grounds of the historic 100-year-old Miami River Inn—was the international company’s first U.S. outpost. Roam, whose three other locations include Bali and London, caters to folks who aren’t bound by the rigors of a nine-to-five job. For them, any place with a strong Wi-Fi signal can be an office. “Roam provides a stage for interesting, kind and funny people from all over the world to make a home together,” says Olivia Sisson, Roam Miami’s community manager. Among its four pastel-colored houses are 38 private suites, thoughtfully remodeled and decked in charming antique furniture (like a vintage Singer sewing-machine table transformed into a functioning sink), rare Dade County Pine flooring and nautical design elements. Photograph: Patrick Michael Chin “People come here for the setting,” says operations manager Nick Gutierrez. “It’s a small oasis in the middle of Miami.” Living arrangements are relaxed, with flexible leases that range from weeklong stays to a full year (a minimum one-week stay is required). Prices start at $500 per week or $1,800 per month and i