At the Core With Sarah Friend

Episode 1: “Accidental Entrepreneur” with Melanie Marconi, CEO of VIDA Coworking


In our first episode, host Sarah Friend talks with Melanie Marconi, Founder and CEO of VIDA, a workspace and community designed to make life work. They discuss how Melanie became a business owner, being thoughtful about the life you want to create, and reassessing your goals to keep them at the forefront.

Recorded on June 13, 2023


Melanie Marconi is CEO and founder of VIDA Coworking, a community-based coworking company that offers workspace, support services and curated amenities to help #MakeLifeWork.

An accidental entrepreneur at age 23, Melanie was a co-founder of BDI Events, Where Will They Stay?, and The Modern Concierge before launching VIDA in 2019. In her own words, “I am a longtime entrepreneur with a passion for helping people reach their personal and professional goals. As a working single mom, I have always been searching for innovative, impactful ways to get the most out of each day – and VIDA stemmed from my desire to bring those same opportunities to others.”

Melanie earned her BS in Journalism and Communication from the University of Oregon. She has long been active in the nonprofit community, and currently serves as Chair of Board of Directors for Xcelerate Women, an organization dedicated to supporting the myriad needs of growth-focused women entrepreneurs.