The Back Office Studio was created for curious, hard-working, sociable professionals. People who want to focus on creating great, innovative products, services and businesses without worrying about rent, wifi, electricity or running out of coffee.


We are a 9,000 sq. ft. coworking studio with meeting rooms, comfortable workstations, networking opportunities and, high-speed wifi. We’re extremely proud of our members and welcome you to join our community.


To be a dynamic coworking collaborative where talented professionals can work on what they love most. We seek to build a community of positive energies for building futures together in Ypsi.


Love work with higher purposes

Embrace diversity
Develop positive collaborations
Enjoy reaching summits
Lead with cheer and good will
Learn something new
Be true to yourself
Be fiscally mindful

Meet The Team

John Newman

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John is a community manager, team builder, facilitator and organizational development consultant, known for his welcoming smile and optimistic attitude. His work has taken him around the state including recent projects with a tire company in the UP, an aggregate plant in the Thumb, a steel mill services provider in Dearborn, and an automotive R&D facility in Ypsilanti.  He moved to Ypsilanti in the mid-nineties when he worked for Borders, Inc. and more recently spent 5 years as a part-time tenant of SPARK East.

Chao Sun

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Sun Chao is an organizational development consultant at Sensei Change associates. As a first-generation immigrant, he came to The US from China for his master’s degree in Human Resources Management and Organizational Development in 2010. As a proud EMU alumnus, he teaches in his Alma mater as a part-time lecturer. In addition to teaching, he is passionate about building bridges between China and The US by developing the cross-cultural school for students in both countries and recruiting international students to come to the state of Michigan.
Ypsilanti is what Sun Chao called a truly "second home" on the other side of the earth. When he is not glued to the computer screen, you can find him taking fierce pictures at EMU's Closeup Educational Theater Troupe's performance or volunteering at habitat for humanity and alpha houses. He is one of the founding members of "A Toast to Ypsi" Ypsilanti downtown Toastmasters club and serving as Neighborhood Theatre Group's board member. He is proud "big" of Big Brother Big Sister of Washtenaw County, an enthusiastic football and basketball fan, and he tries really hard to not be the worst singer in the baritone section in his church choir. Sun Chao recently collaborates with longtime friend, mentor and colleague Dr. Diana Wong, Dr. Wayne Mellette on The Back office Studio project, in which gives him the whole new perspective of what it means of being part of the Ypsilanti community and leading changes. 


Diana Wong

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Diana believes people have the potential to make their dreams a reality through learning and growth in themselves, relationships, and the world. This idea is put into practice in her role as an Associate Professor of Strategy, Organization Development, and Entrepreneurship at the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University as well as a strategy consultant and executive coach at Sensei Change.  She helped co-found The Back Office Studio because she believes that Ypsi is a place where people can create and design their future possibilities and opportunities. Over the last 17 years, Diana actively supported different organizations in the community such as Neighborhood Theater Group, SOS Community Services, the Ypsilanti Downtown District Authority, and SPARK East along with several others. Diana lives with her life partner to raise four young people between the ages of 13-20 and a few additional members when volunteering to host exchange students.  Her life is kept interesting by navigating a global life with a bi-coastal family clan.

Wayne Millette

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Wayne Millette currently serves as Director of the Office of Faculty and Resident Life in the Department of Surgery, Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan. He
completed his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master’s degree in Sociology from Atlanta University. He also holds a BA degree in Sociology
from Lincoln University, PA. Before joining Michigan Medicine, Dr. Millette served as Building Principal at both Ann Arbor Learning Community (Ann Arbor) and New Beginnings Academy in Ypsilanti, MI. He also served as Director of Diversity at
Greenhills School in Ann Arbor and Assistant Professor of Education at Olivet College, Olivet MI.
Dr. Millette is a Founding Partner and CFO at Sensei Change Associates, LLC. Sensei Change delivers leadership development programs, executive coaching and training
programs in diversity, equity and inclusion to supports professional development and growth of leaders of organizational responsibilities.

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