Annie Dean

Annie Dean is flexible.

The co-founder and co-CEO of Werk, a startup championing flexibility as the future of work, Annie Dean completed her undergraduate studies at Syracuse University, where she majored in Art History and Political Science, graduating summa cum laude. She went on to receive her law degree from Fordham University. For six years, Annie worked on Wall Street as a corporate attorney representing institutional lenders in billions of dollars of transactions. Her work included multi-national real estate deals financed by leading Wall Street institutions including the Hilton portfolio, as well as properties such as the Carlyle Hotel, the Plaza Hotel, and the Hotel del Coronado.

During this time, Annie married and had two sons. Shortly after the birth of her second son, Walter, she discovered that he had a rare genetic condition that required frequent medical attention. Suddenly her career was no longer compatible with her life. When she became acquainted with her co-founder, Anna Auerbach, in 2016, they conceived of Werk to fix the structural workplace barriers that disproportionately impact women’s ability to reach positions of leadership. Today, the company operates as an inclusive enterprise solution that makes flexibility accessible to everyone. Werk has raised $4M to date, and has been featured across a variety of media including CNBC, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast Company, Glamour, and more.

A natural leader who was her 8th-grade class president and the vice president of her student body at Syracuse, Annie has a knack for storytelling, and loves simple answers to big questions. She lives with her family in New York City.


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