For several years, Corey Damen Jenkins maintained two offices—one in Michigan and another in New York. As he prepared to shutter his firm’s Midwest outpost amid the pandemic, he sought to establish a supportive physical and emotional space for his team.
After years of hustling to grow her business, Rachel Nelson realized she needed to make a change. The Detroit-based designer got serious about her own professional reset with the help of a coach—then tapped that same coach to work with her team. The goal? A work environment that puts mental health first.
Bay Area designer Noz Nozawa despised the corporate culture she encountered early in her career—inflexibility, an always-on-call mentality, or simple indignities like having to ask for permission to go to the doctor. As her team has grown, Nozawa has developed her firm’s values around the inalienable right to take a break.