Margaux Hammer holds a mug of fresh coffee and watches the sun slowly ascend over Paris. She is standing by the window on the top floor of a co-working building on the Place de Clichy. From here, she can see the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, a hallmark of Paris, shining from a hilltop while the city below catches its first rays of dawn.
The moment is particularly poignant for Hammer, as she doesn’t get up here every day to see Paris wake. “I don’t have a set routine. Each day is different,” she says. Taking a seat at a table amid the modern furnishings of the co-working space’s common area, which occupies the entire level, she opens her laptop and sets about answering emails and making a quick call. The quiet enchantment of the morning suits the founder of the Curiosity Club, a community that has brought together 5,000 women worldwide. For Hammer, joy and so much more spring from curiosity. After all, her own curiosity inspired her to create the club in 2015. “My dad travelled a lot for work,” she says, “and now and then, he brought me and my siblings with him. That stoked my curiosity about the world.”