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Eaton Workshop

When Katherine Lo entered the family business (her father is executive chairman of the luxury Langham Hospitality Group) with her own hotel group, she wanted to incorporate her background in both activism and filmmaking. What Lo came up with: a series of hybrid coworking and boutique-hotel spaces with robust cultural programming that features artists and activists. In D.C., where rooms start at $200 and coworking memberships go from between $400 to $4,500 a month, the programming includes an on-site radio station and a book series featuring the likes of April Ryan, Cory Booker, and DeRay Mckesson. The Eaton Hong Kong, meanwhile, has participated in the city’s Free Expression Week by hosting a talk with members of Russia’s Pussy Riot. It also hosted the city’s first Women’s Festival, which included readings of the Vagina Monologues alongside belly dancing workshops and skincare clinics. Currently the Eaton has outposts in D.C and Hong Kong, with plans to open hotels in Seattle and San Francisco in the next couple of years.

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headquarters: Washington, D.C.