our story

Best friends Amy and Kate were celebrating their shared birthday (born on the same day and year), when the conversation turned to how amazing women are when they join together for a common goal. We talked about how disconnected women often feel, when we try to make progress on our own. In that moment, a seed was planted.

Months later, while on a lunch break walk together, the seed sprouted. We decided to create a community for women to connect with each other, be productive, and balance work with creativity, wellness and heart.

Like its namesake, the Rowan Tree coworking and cogrowth idea took root…and began to grow.


Amy + Kate, Florence 2005


Amy + Kate, iFundWomen 2018

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them.
May we be them. May we raise them.”

Amy Dagliano

Co-Founder + Inspiration Cultivator

Amy is a talented and focused Creative Marketing Director with 15+ year’s experience in graphic design, marketing direction, and government consulting. Working first at small agencies, she then moved on to Booz Allen Hamilton as a Senior Graphic Designer and Art Director. She led designs for clients, mentored and trained staff, and managed branding efforts for the firm. Amy currently runs her own agency, Soaring Heart Design Studio. She focuses on translating the mission and vision of small business owners into inspiring visual solutions. .

Throughout her career Amy has learned the importance of leading with empathy, heart, and grace. She is cultivates community where ever she goes and has no shortage of creative ideas to share.

Kate Viggiano Janich

Co-Founder + Positivity Instigator

Kate is a seasoned Project Management Professional (PMP) and Strategic Communicator. A management and communications consultant for 12+ years at Booz Allen Hamilton and Atlas Research, she is known for her expertise in program management, event coordination, strategic communications, stakeholder relationship management, change management, and employee engagement. She leads simultaneous multi-million dollar budget projects and leads proposal and capture efforts for new business development.

Clients and team members praise Kate for her ability to listen to a problem, develop step-by-step solutions, navigate her team through barriers all while infusing humor and creativity. After the 2016 election, Kate co-founded Together We Will Northern Virginia, a now 2000-member strong grassroots group and respected key player in the NoVA political community. She is eager to create a space for women to reach their highest potential…and perhaps crack some glass ceilings along the way.