Women Lead Events

Filed Under: Womens Leadership

With the help of chapters across the country, the AIGA community is activating our Women Lead goals—to celebrate, cultivate, and connect—locally as well as nationally. Special thanks to IBM as the main supporter of Women Lead.

Upcoming and recent chapter events

May 17
AIGA Atlanta
Women’s Roundtable at Standard Press
AIGA Atlanta is pleased to announce our next Women's Roundtable! AIGA’s national membership is approximately 55 percent women—and two-thirds of design students surveyed by AIGA are women. What kind of workforce are we building for ourselves and for the women designers of the future? What obstacles are specific to women leaders and how can we overcome or eliminate those barriers to success? Join us as we talk about the challenges and opportunities that women are facing today.

May 4
AIGA New York
Design from Necessity: Discussing the experiences and challenges of designing to mobilize masses

This talk will look at the act of designing from necessity as opposed to creating for pleasure. The discussion will focus on how four women have used their life experiences and challenges to create work with a social narrative and ability to mobilize masses.

April 28
AIGA Louisville
10 Things I’ve Learned By Working Hard & Being Ballsy
Nikki Villigomez has learned a lot over 16 years as a graphic design professional. In this talk, Nikki will proudly share her failures and triumphs as she takes the audience on a 10-step journey of the lessons she has learned along the way. Nikki has been an in-house designer, a freelancer, a stay at home mom, and an educator. Come listen to Nikki share real-life lessons that she wishes someone had told her when she was an emerging designer.

April 25
AIGA Raleigh
Greater Expectations: How to Improve Retention Using Mind Control with Lisa Smith
We’ve stopped telling people that they CAN’T work in technology, but what support exists to keep them once they enter the profession? This talk examines research surrounding personality, behavior, and expectations as tools to build a solid, team-based approach to retention. Great effort is concentrated on bringing underrepresented populations into our profession but women, people of color, and non-binary folks leave at a rate 2 times higher than white, cisgendered men. Rosenthal and his rats demonstrate how expectations change performance. Mischel and his marshmallows show us that personality is influenced by situations and is malleable. Recognizing these factors and using Karen Holtzblatt’s findings from the Women In Tech project, we can build the support structures needed to make real and lasting changes in team culture in order to improve retention and move everyone forward.

April 13
AIGA Houston
Women’s Design Insights Lecture Series—Jiminie Ha
AIGA Houston presents an evening with Jiminie Ha, a creative director, curator and artist based in New York City. She is the recipient of the Rome Prize (2012), granted by the American Academy in Rome for her body of work. She holds a BA from Brown and an MFA from Yale School of Art, where she was an Alice Kimball Award recipient. She began her career as a designer in the 2X4 Studio in New York, where her clients included the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Museo Picasso Malaga. Founded in 2008, W/––– Projects (With Projects) began as an interdisciplinary, installation – focused arts space based in Chinatown, inviting artists, designers and musicians to produce new work under tight spatial constraints. Occupying the interstices of fine arts practices, exhibitions would range from one–time happenings to week – long events. Today W/––– Projects has become an umbrella entity for various art projects in New York and abroad, including White Zinfandel, a biannual arts and culture magazine, and W/ Editions, an ongoing print and object series. As Creative Director, Jiminie has supervised the redesign of the arts/culture/design magazines Bidoun, Art Asia Pacific, Capricious, Surface, and most recently, Harvard Design Magazine. She has taught at Yale, Rutgers, and Parsons New School of Design. She is currently an adjunct professor at Rhode Island School of Design. Past clients and collaborators include Aperture, Daniel Gordon, the Schools of Architecture at Princeton and Yale, Rizzoli Publishing, Tate Modern, Maison Martin Margiela, Baccarat, Surface Magazine, Thomas Juul­Hansen, The Faena Group, Storefront for Art and Architecture, UOVO, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Alps, ARP, and NARS.

April 5
AIGA Raleigh
Community Meeting: Women Lead
Join AIGA Raleigh for our April Community Meeting as we discuss women leaders in the Raleigh design community. We'll be joined by a leadership panel featuring female creatives who are dedicated to an open dialogue and bringing attention to gender equity. We'll be asking questions like how do you establish yourself as a potential leader? What inspires the best from your team? How much does your personality define your leadership style? These designers will talk critically about women's leadership issues and offer their insights, inspiration, and advice.Our community meeting will also feature a fun workshop with a "game-like" methodology. AIGA Women Lead has teamed up with designer and sociologist Leyla Acaroglu of Disrupt Design to create the Gender Equity Toolkit. It’s a new set of resources including videos and a downloadable activities that gives your creative team a secret weapon for busting through one of the leading causes of disparate access to leadership positions in the design field: implicit gender-related bias.

April 4
AIGA El Paso
Cocktails with Creatives
It's the first Tuesday of the month & you know what that means! It is time for our monthly Cocktails with Creatives hosted by your local AIGA chapter. We will also be featuring AIGA's Gender Equality Toolkit. We can not wait to share this great tool with everyone.

 

Women Lead chapter events for Women's History Month

March 2
AIGA Rhode Island
KnowHER Design Talk: Bonnie Siegler
KnowHer celebrates and highlights the strong female powerhouses who make up our design industry today. Every Thursday in March, one female designer will give a presentation on her work and her experiences.

AIGA Seattle
Designed to Lead: Bold Design
To celebrate Women’s History Month, AIGA Seattle’s Women Lead Initiative presents a five-part series of talks themed Designed to Lead. Join AIGA Seattle for its inaugural event, in partnership with General Assembly, for a discussion with Adrienne Matthews, Brand Manager at Starbucks. Be prepared to listen and discuss what BOLD means to Adrienne and how women creatives boldly move the needle.

March 3
AIGA Philadelphia
Cover Girls: An Exhibition of Women Book Cover Designers
In honor of Women’s History month in March, we are celebrating six inspiring women (Isabel Urbina Peña, Kimberly Glyder, Emily Mahon, Jenny Carrow, Barbara de Wilde, and Kelly Blair) book cover designers with a special exhibition hosted at Bluecadet in Fishtown. Join us for the First Friday opening reception.

March 8
AIGA Boston
Equality in Tech
Join AIGA Boston and EF, for an event on International Women's Day. We will be hosting a reception, a screening of a special premiere episode of "Fix My App," produced by Expose UX in partnership with Ladies that UX, and panel discussion with local women leaders in the Tech and Design industries. 

AIGA Chicago
Women in Design: Leading with Intent and Integrity
Join AIGA Chicago on International Women’s Day as we launch an initiative focused on Women, Leadership and Design. Susan Bennett, Partner and Executive Creative Director at Simple Truth will lead a discussion with two accomplished, fabulous and fierce women in design. Nikki Juen is an artist, designer and educator interested in the spaces where these practices overlap. Tereasa Surratt is a creative director, entrepreneur and author dedicated to a day job at Ogilvy, an after hours gig as owner of Camp Wandawega and around the clock for her 6 year old. They will share stories, discuss opportunity, leadership, office culture and forging your own path.

AIGA Portland
Women Lead: Hustle for Your Health
March 8th is International Women’s Day, and the AIGA Women Lead Initiative (formerly Women in Design) is celebrating by turning our attention to women’s health. Join us and take a step back from your daily demands as we celebrate, educate and inspire during Hustle for Your Health.

We’ll be gathering together at Holocene to discuss women’s physical and mental well-being. Hear from a diverse group of speakers, including sex therapists, tech innovators, artists, doctors, psychologists and more. The topic of women’s health will be championed through a night of dialogue and exploration, including interactive booths and informative tables.

AIGA San Francisco
The Path to Leadership: A Conversation with Jamie Myrold, Adobe’s VP Design
“...Every evening… I sit and reflect on my day, taking stock of the good, the bad and the ugly in an effort to do more good the following day.” Jamie Myrold is the VP of design at Adobe where she has worked for 13 years. She is known for her leadership style that embodies modesty, altruism, forgiveness and optimism. Join us, as Jamie reflects on her path and shares the values and practices that have made her the leader that she is today. She believes that the better we understand ourselves, the better leaders we will be.

March 9
AIGA Rhode Island
KnowHER Design Talk featuring Leta Sobierajski
KnowHer celebrates and highlights the strong female powerhouses who make up our design industry today. Every Thursday in March, one female designer will give a presentation on her work and her experiences.


AIGA Seattle
Designed to Lead: Emerging Creatives
Its second event, in partnership with POSSIBLE, collaborates with the Emerge Initiative to host a roundtable event to discuss topics which include leadership, diversity, growth and entrepreneurship. The roundtable discussions will be facilitated by emerging creative women. Conversations will celebrate, cultivate and connect with emerging creatives.

AIGA Wichita
Design Ranch
Michelle Sonderegger and Ingred Sidie are partners and owners of Design Ranch, a nationally recognized design agency, specializing in branding. We don’t pitch hay, we pitch ideas. Our team is fully committed to a comprehensive creative process­­–from start to finish and everything in between. Whether we are delivering thoughtfully integrated solutions for existing brands or developing unique solutions for start-ups, we know how to take companies from blah to brandspankin'.

March 15
AIGA Cincinnati
Liquid Courage: We Can Brew It!
#GorillaCreative Erin Fox is collaborating with some incredible LADIES IN LEADERSHIP ROLES in the bar industry to create a Listermann beer that embodies all things WOMEN-POWER. A percentage of the beers sold benefit GIRLS WITH PEARLS Cincinnati, a leadership program for elementary + junior high school girls designed to keep girls in school and empower them to plan for a bright future filled with achieved goals.

March 16
AIGA Northwest Arkansas
Rise: Elevating Women by Design
We will meet to hear from leading women and discuss issues related to equality in the creative workplace. Roundtables will cover a range of topics, from balancing motherhood and creative work, to negotiating on your own behalf. Join us, and add your voice to the conversation. Though we are focusing on women, all are welcome to join.

AIGA Rhode Island
KnowHER Design Talks and hand-lettering workshop featuring Jennet Liaw
KnowHer celebrates and highlights the strong female powerhouses who make up our design industry today. Every Thursday in March, one female designer will give a presentation on her work and her experiences.

AIGA Seattle
Designed to Lead: Sustainable Design
Join AIGA Seattle for its third event, in partnership with MG2, for a discussion with Nicole Starnes Taylor, Architect at Make Design Studio. This evening is committed to discussing the importance of sustainable design in architecture, as well as in all disciplines. Additional discussion will be on how female leaders impact the future of sustainable design.

March 23
AIGA Houston
Women's Design Insights Lecture Series—Su Mathews Hale
AIGA Houston presents an evening with Su Mathews Hale, senior partner at brand strategy agency Lippincott, and former associate partner at Pentagram.  For over two decades, she has thrived at the intersection of graphic design and brand strategy. She has worked with a broad range of notable clients including Chick-fil-A, eBay, Hershey’s, Hyatt, New York Public Library, RadioShack, Red Robin, Samsung, Shutterstock, the U.S. Department of State. She served as creative director on the famed Walmart rebranding—a massive repositioning and brand revitalization engagement that contemporized the global retail giant while retaining the values of its heritage. The program included a new visual identity, an enhanced omni-channel customer experience, an award-winning employee brand book and an overall alignment with the retailer’s new brand essence, “Save money. Live better.” 

AIGA Orlando
Women Lead Panel Discussion: How to be a leader
How do five very different women approach leadership at five very different organizations? Find out at this candid Q&A. We'll explore all the ins and outs of effective leadership. How do you establish yourself as a potential leader? How do you navigate office politics? What inspires the best from your team? How much does your personality define your leadership style? The answers will be different for everyone, and the insights are sure to inspire us all. 

AIGA Philadelphia
Isabel Urbina Peña: Everyone Else Is Already Taken
In a country where the creative force is close to one million, how we present our work to the world and who we are as designers is as important as the work we do. The strategy for making a lasting impression should start with our own identity. Isabel Urbina Peña will talk about how having a unique approach when presenting your work can make you recognizable and set you apart. Like Oscar Wilde once said, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

AIGA Rhode Island
KnowHER Design Talk featuring Naz Arandi
KnowHer celebrates and highlights the strong female powerhouses who make up our design industry today. Every Thursday in March, one female designer will give a presentation on her work and her experiences.

AIGA Seattle
Designed to Lead: Creating the Digital World
Join AIGA Seattle for its fourth event, in partnership with Substantial, for a leadership panel featuring female creatives from Microsoft, Gravity Creative, Loxley Digital, Substantial and Amazon Kindle.The evening is dedicated to discussing how female designers have impacted the digital world--and how they will continue to in the future. Discover which women, creative or otherwise, inspire our panelists and how this inspiration helps them overcome their struggles. These designers will also talk critically about women's leadership issues and offer their insights and advice.

AIGA Washington D.C. 
“Having It All: How to Keep the Job You Love and Start the Family You Want”
Join AIGA DC for an honest dialogue about careers, families and sanity of professionally-driven women. For many ambitious women, starting a family can be a decision filled with questions about its effect on their careers. A panel of DC-area women creatives, who are leading teams at work while raising families at home, will share their insights, stories and advice—followed by a candid, judgement-free conversation. 

March 28
AIGA Las Vegas
Cocktails and Creatives
Join AIGA Las Vegas for another round of Cocktails & Creatives as we head to the Velveteen Rabbit, a casual neighborhood lounge with delicious drinks and great atmosphere. In honor of Women's History Month we picked a place ran by two extraordinary sisters. They were raised in the Mojave, but traveled round to bring back to Las Vegas a cultivated a unique libation experience for seekers of the beyond.

AIGA Washington DC
In the Field: A Conversation with Erin Schaff, Photojournalist
Do you ever wonder what it's like to be a photojournalist in the field? Join us for a conversation with Erin Schaff, a photojournalist who spent 2016 documenting the Hillary Clinton campaign. Her work is often published by The Washington Post and the Associated Press. Schaff will chat about her process as a photojournalist, her inspiration, and will share some of her favorite work.

March 29
AIGA NY
The Hillary for America Design Team
Stories from the designers who gave up their lives to try to elect the first female president of the United States of America. The full Hillary for America Design Team will reunite for an evening of tales from the campaign trail — and its aftermath. The focus of this story-telling event will be on what it was like to work on the campaign including the best day, the worst day, the process and just a little of the product as well as some of what what we can all do next.

March 30
AIGA Brand Central
Pro Team-Building Exercises for Gender Equity
Join us as we facilitate a fun workshop with a "game-like" methodology. AIGA Women Lead has teamed up with designer and sociologist Leyla Acaroglu of Disrupt Design to create the Gender Equity Toolkit. It’s a new set of resources including videos and a downloadable activity set that gives your creative team a secret weapon for busting through one of the leading causes of disparate access to leadership positions in the design field: implicit gender-related bias.

AIGA Rhode Island
KnowHER Design Talk featuing Kelli Anderson
KnowHer celebrates and highlights the strong female powerhouses who make up our design industry today. Every Thursday in March, one female designer will give a presentation on her work and her experiences.

AIGA San Antonio
Pressing Matters! A Women Lead Letterpress Workshop
A common question in our industry is ”Who does letter pressing in San Antonio?". While there are a select few, among them are four successful female letter press business owners right here in SA. We are hosting Leo Lee of Double Drop Press / SSA Paper and Book Arts, Lacie Lee of Zella Press, Sarah Sauer of Guten Co. and Kathryn Escelera of Superior Printing Co. to share their stories about becoming passionate about the letter press process and how they are continuing to be makers with the San Antonio community, socially and commercially. Get a chance to punch some paper on a letter press machine with these experts in our creative field and walk away with physical art and a knowledge of making.

AIGA Seattle
Designed to Lead: Architecture and Beyond
Join AIGA Seattle for its fifth and final event, in partnership with Artefact, to engage with architect Adelle York. Adelle will share how women architects have penetrated male-dominated leadership roles to create lasting impacts in the fields of architecture and design. Participate in a post-presentation discussion to hear Adelle’s thoughts on what’s most important to you.

March 31
AIGA Cincinnati
WomanUp: Words of Wisdom Gallery
For the second year, AIGA Cincinnati + WomanUp will honor Women’s History Month by presenting a community gallery show titled Words of Wisdom. This event is generously sponsored and hosted by Spicefire. We'll be celebrating the inspiring words of women in the world by showcasing unique pieces during a gallery show. Art sales will benefit Girls with Pearls.


 


 

Past events

February 13, 2017
AIGA Colorado
Women Design Denver
Join AIGA Colorado as we feature and discuss women leaders in the Denver design community. Three local designers from varying backgrounds will speak to the role of women in the design field, the challenges that women in design face, and how we can all work to overcome them.

February 8, 2017
AIGA Atlanta
Women’s Roundtable at Green Olive Media
AIGA Atlanta is pleased to announce our Women's Roundtable!AIGA’s national membership is approximately 55 percent women—and two-thirds of design students surveyed by AIGA are women. What kind of workforce are we building for ourselves and for the women designers of the future? What obstacles are specific to women leaders and how can we overcome or eliminate those barriers to success? Join us as we talk about the challenges and opportunities that women are facing today.

January 20, 2017
AIGA Cincinnati
Rock the boat, baby! — Workshop with Emily Cohen
This session, designed specifically for those with three or more years experience, will focus on the who, when, where, why and how of saying no to clients, staff and projects. Learn how to identify opportunities to push back and say no more effectively, without damaging relationships or your business. Workshop will include interactive exercises inspired from real work situations. Swap tales of woe and learn strategies for how to better manage these situations more effectively. Let’s rock the boat, baby!

December 8, 2016
AIGA NY
Women’s Bodies as Borders of Nations
This panel is inspired by the Refinery 29 interview with Alaa Murabit and Céline Semaan: “Is Fashion’s Embrace Of The Hijab Reappropriating Muslim Women?” How can the complexities of our values be depicted and critiqued through design? We will discuss the role design plays in the media, in religion, fashion and human rights, and how women’s bodies aren’t just used as borders of nations, but borders of industries as well. With a diverse panel of women and man guided by juxtaposed contradictory images and cultural references, the conversation will be transparent and honest opening doors we usually leave close.

November 21, 2016
AIGA Seattle
A Fall Feast with Renee Erickson
Kick off Thanksgiving week with one of Seattle's most acclaimed restaurant owners and chefs for a thoughtfully prepared dinner by Renee Erickson and her talented team of chefs. Throughout dinner Renee will share personal experiences and tips that have helped her become the successful and powerful leader she is today. Q&A and a hearty discussion will follow dinner. Space is limited so reserve your seat now!

November 10, 2016
AIGA Philadelphia
In the Company of Women with Grace Bonney
AIGA Philadelphia is proud to welcome Design*Sponge founder GRACE BONNEY and a panel of entrepreneurs and artists (below) for a discussion of Bonney's latest book, In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs. 

October 19, 2016
AIGA Atlanta
Women’s Roundtable
Hosting us is special guest Cynthia Jones Parks. She is a skilled consensus builder who has gained a national reputation in the transportation industry for her outstanding work in marketing communications, strategic branding, wayfinding and signage design. These discussions will shape the course of the Women in Design initiative for AIGA Atlanta, so make sure to reserve your spot! Registration is filling up fast, so don't miss your chance to contribute. 

September 22, 2016
AIGA Arizona
Tucson Makers: Inspired By Women
Tucson is experiencing growth in the creative fields like never before. Meet the local women who are shaping Tucson's new design landscape. Five women representing a range of creative industries will give slide presentations on what they're most passionate about, their favorite projects and side hustles. 

AIGA Los Angeles
Women’s Design Salon: Trailblazer
Trailblazers are inspiring—they face fear head first, take creative risks, pioneer trends. But at one time they all were in third grade and went to the prom too. But what drives them to take unique creative risks? Jihan Zencirli embodies everything about being a trailblazer. Learn about Jihan’s passion journey from Seattle to L.A. and creating brilliant and internationally recognized balloon sculptures though a dialogue with Chelsea Sonksen, founder of Bossladies magazine.

September 17, 2016
AIGA Philadelphia
Rock the boat, baby! Workshop with Emily Cohen
This session, designed specifically for those with three or more years experience, will focus on the who, when, where, why and how of saying no to clients, staff and projects. Learn how to identify opportunities to push back and say no more effectively, without damaging relationships or your business. Workshop will include interactive exercises inspired from real work situations. Swap tales of woe and learn strategies for how to better manage these situations more effectively. Let’s rock the boat, baby!

July 14, 2016
AIGA Las Vegas
Women’s Leadership Lecture | Ashleigh Axios
Join AIGA Las Vegas and former White House creative director Ashleigh Axios for a special Women’s Leadership Lecture: Celebrating Women in the Workforce. In addition to this topic, Axios will share insights into what it is like to work at The White House as a creative director and digital strategist.

June 23, 2016
AIGA Los Angeles
Women’s Design Salon: Work-Life Integrators
Struggling with work-life balance? Join as we discuss how and why boundaries are healthy and necessary for a well-rounded, happy life.Joni Pratte, a creative leader at MATTEL, will moderate a discussion with two of LA’s most well-known dream chasers, UNIQUE’S Sonja Rasula and CREATE & CULTIVATE’S Jaclyn Johnson. Following the discussion, attendees will engage in round table sessions to connect with fellow participants around the topics of self-promotion, work-life integration, finance, networking, client relations, and other topics relevant to participants.

May 17, 2016
AIGA Orlando
Women Lead Lecture with Ashley Heafy
Women today outnumber men in AIGA’s membership—as well as design schools and disciplines—yet leadership, representation, and parity remain a challenge. Join us for our first Women Lead Initiative event as designer and creative thinker Ashley Heafy talks about her life and work as a designer, being on the road, and finding balance.

April 27, 2016
AIGA Seattle
Leading The Conversation–AIGA Roundtable
A WomanUp Initiative, join AIGA Seattle in partnership with Artefact for an evening of intimate discussion and creative problem solving around communication for leadership. Leading The Conversation will be an evening dedicated to discussing, identifying, and ultimately finding actionable solutions for the communication challenges women face when striving for leadership.

April 12, 2016
AIGA New York
Redesigning Feminism
Join us for the first in a series of discussions exploring the definition of Feminism through various practices of self-expression and identity on social media. What role does the design process play when defining one’s social media identity and how does that impact the very notion of Feminism? This first panel will engage women from various disciplines using design as a way to (re)define and express what Feminism is to them.

April 12, 2016
AIGA Raleigh
Homegrown: #GirlPower. Triangle women in design, dev and everything else
Moderated by Kristin McPeak, Digital Experience Manager at PointSource (and Director of Member Experience for AIGA Raleigh), we will have an honest, authentic, and relatable panel discussion. We hope it's inspiring to see a panel of women who are challenging the status quo, leading teams, and contributing innovative solutions to our industry and beyond--right here at home. There will be plenty of time for Q&A and, of course, a great lunch!

April 7, 2016
AIGA + AIGA Dallas Fort Worth
Gender Equity in Design workshop with Leyla Acaroglu
Enhance your leadership skills and advance gender equity with this one-day professional development workshop, created especially for designers. Sessions start with a dive into gender, empathy, and workplace issues that affect leadership progression and collaboration. From there, a range of high-energy interactive activities bust through biases to forge co-designed solutions. The event is gender inclusive and capped at 25 participants. Revenue supports a year-long collaboration with Disrupt Design, resulting in a Gender Equity toolkit for AIGA chapters and beyond.

April 1, 2016
AIGA + AIGA Los Angeles
Gender Equity in Design workshop with Leyla Acaroglu
Enhance your leadership skills and advance gender equity with this one-day professional development workshop, created especially for designers. Sessions start with a dive into gender, empathy, and workplace issues that affect leadership progression and collaboration. From there, a range of high-energy interactive activities bust through biases to forge co-designed solutions. The event is gender inclusive and capped at 25 participants. Revenue supports a year-long collaboration with Disrupt Design, resulting in a Gender Equity toolkit for AIGA chapters and beyond.

March 31, 2016
AIGA Rhode Island
KnowHer Design Talks panel with Debbie Millman
This year, AIGA Rhode Island will be putting on the first ever KnowHER Design Talks. This series celebrates and highlights the strong female powerhouses who make up our design industry. Every Thursday throughout the month of March, one female designer will give a presentation on her work and her experiences. Panel features Juliette Cezzar, Ashleigh Axios, Nancy Skolos, and Dr. Nadine Chahine.

March 29, 2016
AIGA + AIGA Seattle
Gender Equity in Design workshop with Leyla Acaroglu
Enhance your leadership skills and advance gender equity with this one-day professional development workshop, created especially for designers. Sessions start with a dive into gender, empathy, and workplace issues that affect leadership progression and collaboration. From there, a range of high-energy interactive activities bust through biases to forge co-designed solutions. The event is gender inclusive and capped at 25 participants. Revenue supports a year-long collaboration with Disrupt Design, resulting in a Gender Equity toolkit for AIGA chapters and beyond.

March 25, 2016
AIGA Cincinnatti
Words of Wisdom exhibition
In honor of Women’s History Month in March, we’re putting together a gallery show titled Words of Wisdom with our partners at Spicefire. We’ll be celebrating the inspiring words of influential women in history by showcasing your unique pieces during a gallery show on Friday, March 25, 2015. All are welcome to submit their work! We’re looking for creative pieces from artists, designers, and everyone in between.

March 24, 2016
AIGA Rhode Island
KnowHer Design Talk: Eniko Deri and Nora Demeczky
This year, AIGA Rhode Island will be putting on the first ever KnowHER Design Talks. This series celebrates and highlights the strong female powerhouses who make up our design industry. Every Thursday throughout the month of March, one female designer will give a presentation on her work and her experiences.

March 20, 2016
AIGA Mobile
Command F: A Women and Design PechaKucha
As part of the Women Lead Initiative, AIGA Mobile will be hosting a PechaKucha. What’s a PechaKucha? It’s a Japanese presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each, totaling six minutes and 40 seconds. We are opening the floor to anyone (including men) in the community to speak and we encourage topics related to one of the goal of the Women Lead Initiative.

March 17, 2016
AIGA Rhode
Island
KnowHER Design Gallery Opening: "SeeHerWork"
Calling all women designers! You are invited to submit work for SeeHerWork, an exhibition opening in conjunction with AIGA RI's upcoming KnowHer Talks. The opening will take place on Gallery Night / March 17 at RISD's Graphic Design Commons, a beautiful new gallery along Canal Street. Your work will be sharing the same space with work from our amazing lecturers. (That's right, you and Ellen Lupton hanging in the same gallery!)


March 10, 2016
AIGA Los Angeles
Women’s Design Salon: Community Building
Join AIGA Los Angeles on March 10, for our first event in the Women’s Design Salon series. This evening will begin with an inspiring panel discussion with two of LA’s fiercest community builders, Joanna Waterfall, creator of the transformational Yellow Conference and Audrey Bellis, Founder of Worthy Women, a powerful movement for women. Moderated by Gillian Hunt, chair of the Women of Mattel Outreach program, attendees will hear firsthand what it takes to energize, inspire, and connect with creative businesswomen across LA’s creative disciplines.

March 10, 2016
AIGA Portland
Women in Design panel
Gathering together during Women’s History month for AIGA Portland's first event in a series of panel discussions to talk about women in positions of leadership. This panel will tackle topics regarding design, professional career paths, leadership, work/life balance, family, the next generation of female leaders, and more. The talk will be followed by a brief Q+A—all moderated by Kristin Rogers Brown.

March 10, 2016
AIGA Rhode Island
KnowHER Design Talk: Barbara Glauber
This year, AIGA Rhode Island will be putting on the first ever KnowHER Design Talks. This series celebrates and highlights the strong female powerhouses who make up our design industry. Every Thursday throughout the month of March, one female designer will give a presentation on her work and her experiences.


March 4, 2016
AIGA + AIGA DC
Gender Equity in Design workshop
Enhance your leadership skills and advance gender equity with this one-day professional development workshop, created especially for designers. Sessions start with a dive into gender, empathy, and workplace issues that affect leadership progression and collaboration. From there, a range of high-energy interactive activities bust through biases to forge co-designed solutions. The event is gender inclusive and capped at 25 participants. Revenue supports a year-long collaboration with Disrupt Design, resulting in a Gender Equity toolkit for AIGA chapters and beyond.

March 3, 2016
AIGA Rhode Island
KnowHER Design Talk: Ellen Lupton
This year, AIGA Rhode Island will be putting on the first ever KnowHER Design Talks. This series celebrates and highlights the strong female powerhouses who make up our design industry. Every Thursday throughout the month of March, one female designer will give a presentation on her work and her experiences.   

March 3, 2016
AIGA Seattle
Woman Up panel
Join AIGA Seattle in partnership with CreativeLive for a women's leadership panel featuring female creatives from Hum Creative, Microsoft, Jackson Fish Market, and Teague. It will be an evening dedicated to hearing from strong female leaders on their experiences with challenging stereotypes, negotiating their potential and defining what success means to them. These local, powerhouses will talk critically on women's leadership issues and offer advice for the next generation of leaders. The panel discussion will be followed by drinks and refreshments where you will have the opportunity to converse with panelists and fellow attendees.

March 1, 2016
AIGA Dallas Fort Worth

Cocktails & Convos: Women Lead Initiative
Join us for some good food, cocktails, and conversation. You'll meet fellow women leaders in DFW and chat about what you're proud of, what you're experiencing, and what you're hoping for in the world of women's leadership.

February 26, 2016
AIGA + AIGA NY
Gender Equity in Design workshop with Leyla Acaroglu
Enhance your leadership skills and advance gender equity with this one-day professional development workshop, created especially for designers. Sessions start with a dive into gender, empathy, and workplace issues that affect leadership progression and collaboration. From there, a range of high-energy interactive activities bust through biases to forge co-designed solutions. The event is gender inclusive and capped at 25 participants. Revenue supports a year-long collaboration with Disrupt Design, resulting in a Gender Equity toolkit for AIGA chapters and beyond. Revenue supports a year-long collaboration with Disrupt Design, resulting in a Gender Equity toolkit for AIGA chapters and beyond.

January 21, 2016
AIGA Cincinnati
WomanUp: Taking the Lead panel 
Only 3% of creative directors are women. Less than 15% of top executives and leadership positions are held by women. Join us for our next WomanUp event where we'll talk with five awesome creative women who are taking the lead in Cincinnati. We'll be talking about what it takes to be a creative director, leadership, and the challenges they've overcome in their careers. Panelists include: Cathy Sonnett, Holly Shoemaker, Valerie Aurillio, Lorelei Buescher, and Heather Battles. 

December 10, 2015
AIGA Austin
Raise Up featuring Rachel Wyatt
A show and tell from 'a badassery of women,’ Raise Up is a three part fall series from AIGA Austin that lets you in the lives and careers of three phenomenally, badass women in the advertising industry. They will each share their story of how the got to where they are—partners and CEOs—in and what they do to remain there while continuously growing. They will each open their agency to us and marvel us with their secrets to succeed in a field predominantly run by men.

November 12, 2015
AIGA Dallas Fort Worth
Women’s Leadership Mentor Matchmaking
Finding a great mentor can be hard. Finding one who might be able to share similar stories, both professionally and personally can be even harder. For the first time ever, AIGA DFW takes our Mentor Matchmaking event and tailors it to focus on advancing the growth of women's leadership in the DFW creative community.

October 15, 2015
AIGA Austin
Raise Up featuring Leslie Wingo
A show and tell from 'a badassery of women,’ Raise Up is a three part fall series from AIGA Austin that lets you in the lives and careers of three phenomenally, badass women in the advertising industry. They will each share their story of how the got to where they are—partners and CEOs—in and what they do to remain there while continuously growing. They will each open their agency to us and marvel us with their secrets to succeed in a field predominately run by men.

September 19, 2015
AIGA Central Pennsylvania
Re:Charge roundtable
Join AIGA Central Pennsylvania for our first (of many) installments within the AIGA Women Lead Initiative. We've asked some of the best designers in Central Pennsylvania to join us for a roundtable style discussion about what it's like to be a woman in the realms for design and technology. This event will ask our speakers and community to consider the current state of being a women in design, the workplace, and achieving the harmonious work/life balance. Our speakers will be sharing their experiences and advice for women of all ages, as well as insight for those of us who may not be familiar with the issues facing women in our industry.

September 16, 2015
AIGA Los Angeles
Women in Leadership panel
Moderated by Louise Sandhaus, featuring Jessica Hische, Zelda Harrison, and Su Mathews Hale. Join AIGA Los Angeles for an evening with some current design leaders to address issues facing professional women today. Hear how they have challenged stereotypes, negotiated their potential, and faced the realities of being successful in a male dominated industry. This night is sure to be filled with engaging stories, challenging conversations, tips to improve leadership skills, and professional relationships within and beyond the design industry.

September 16, 2015
AIGA Portland
Women in Design Launch Party & Pop-up Shop
Join AIGA Portland for the launch of Women in Design—our new event series supporting the AIGA Women Lead Initiative. The first in this series will be an informal gathering of women and men in our design community. We'll socialize, have some of Enso's fabulous wine, and meet a host of talented female entrepreneurs discussing their work, experiences, and selling their wares. You'll be able to speak one-on-one with each vendor, as well as the AIGA Portland board. We'll discuss future Women in Design events and what it means to support female designers and makers. 

August 29, 2015
AIGA Cincinnati
Woman Up: Coffee + Conversation
Our first event was so popular, we had to bring it back for a second event and make sure everyone gets the chance to be a part of this new leadership initiative. Join AIGA Cincinnati for coffee and conversation at Coffee Emporium OTR on August 29 from 10:30am-12pm. You'll meet new people and participate in a discussion about women's leadership.

July 25, 2015
AIGA Cincinnati
Woman Up: a Leadership Initiative
AIGA Cincinnati is ready to increase diversity in our creative community by championing female talent. We’re ready to empower the professional development of female leaders. We’re ready to build a creative network that supports gender equality. We’re ready to WOMAN UP! Join us for our first gathering, a casual discussion and networking event for female creative talent. Designers, creative directors, copywriters, developers, all are welcome! We're starting off with a small group to help attendees build meaningful professional relationships. We're looking forward to chatting about women's leadership, sharing experiences, and connecting the creative community.

April 30, 2015
AIGA
Webcast: Set and Get Your Market Value
Entrepreneurs and freelancers face unique challenges in today’s global economy. In this 90-minute interactive webcast, free for all AIGA members, negotiation expert Lisa Gates will guide you through a process for evaluating your market, your niche, and your optimal numbers.

April 14, 2015
AIGA Dallas Fort Worth
DFW Women’s Leadership Series: Cocktails & Convos
In DFW, we're centering our 2015 initiative around communication. The creative community is great, in size and in quality, and with AIGA DFW's Women's Leadership Initiative (DFWWLI) activities, we hope to make it even greater. Through roundtable discussions, lectures, mentor matchmaking and social forum(s), DFWWLI will engage the community and keep the conversation going and growing.

April 9, 2015
AIGA West Michigan
Women in Design panel
Come and listen to diverse range of panelists, both experienced and fresh faces, share insights on their view as Women in Design. Topics include unique perspectives applied to design, making the workplace culture inclusive, value of women in design, and finding balance; just to name a few. We encourage both male and female co-workers and friends to attend this event!

March 8, 2015
AIGA Miami
International Women’s Day Brunch
For more than 100 years, March 8 has been recognized as International Women’s Day. On March 8, 2015, people all over the world will celebrate women’s achievements while stimulating conversations about furthering gender equity. Join AIGA Miami for brunch on Sunday, March 8th to celebrate, engage in dialogue and discussion, and possibly kick off some collaboration or projects related to Women's Leadership.

February 12, 2015
AIGA DC
Schmoozeday: Brixton with DC Web Women
Come out to everyone’s favorite happy hour, Schmoozeday, with DC Web Women at Brixton on U Street. Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. So throw on a festive color, a heart adorned tie, or your favorite “anti-valentine’s day” t-shirt and join AIGA DC and DCWW at Brixton on U St; no valentine’s necessary! We’ll converse on the second floor for a few cocktails, conversation and networking.

January 22, 2015
AIGA
Webcast: Blueprint Everyday Negotiation
Learn the fundamental skills of mutual benefit negotiations and confidently achieve your professional goals, from solving everyday problems to getting the salary you deserve. In this 90-minute interactive webcast, free for all AIGA members, negotiation expert Lisa Gates will teach four core strategies for getting that yes.

November 13, 2014
AIGA
Webcast: Advancing Leadership Through Negotiation
Whether you work in-house, at an agency or freelance, you're negotiating every single day. Negotiation skills are essential for everything from nailing a plum project and requesting resources and support to managing people and earning what you're worth. In this 90-minute interactive webcast, free for all AIGA members, negotiation expert Lisa Gates will teach you three key ways to become a leader in your workplace and advance your career.

November 11, 2014
AIGA DC
Celebrate, Cultivate, Connect
Incoming AIGA National President, Su Mathews Hale, will kick off the evening with a talk about her experiences working as a partner at Pentagram and now Lippincott, and about her current role as co-founder of the newly formed AIGA Women Lead Initiative. For over two decades, she has thrived at the intersection of graphic design and brand strategy. Using the power of design to develop inspiring creations while solving business problems, Su has worked with a broad range of notable clients including Chick-fil-A, eBay, Hershey’s, Liz Claiborne, Samsung, Shutterstock, the U.S. Department of State and Walmart.

October 22, 2014
AIGA
Leadership Symposium: Women and the Redesign of Business
AIGA’s first-ever Leadership Symposium, organized by the Women’s Leadership Initiative, will take place at “Gain: AIGA Design and Business Conference” this Fall in New York City. Moderator Geri Stengel, president of Ventureneer, contributor to Forbes and author of Forget the Glass Ceiling: Building Your Business Without One, will host insightful interviews with a mix of speakers from academia, technology, design and business.

September 29, 2014
AIGA St. Louis
Bright and Early: Women in Design
The following women will discuss the role of women in the St. Louis design community:
Cheree Berry - Owner, Cheree Berry Paper
Emily Koplar Brady - Owner, Wai Ming
Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin - Owner, B/C Designers & Muzio
Amie Corley - Owner, Amie Corley Interiors
Kate Pollmann - Owner, Kate Pollmann

September 8, 2014
AIGA + AIGA NY
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Workshop
AIGA members who are small businesses owners are invited to participate in the first event of a new partnership between the AIGA Women Lead Initiative and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, a program created by Babson College and funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation. Join us on September 8 for “Strategies to Accelerate Revenue Growth,” an intensive workshop exclusive to AIGA New York. The evening will include an overview of the program as well as a dynamic and interactive preview class covering strategies CEOs use to drive massive growth in their businesses.

July 31, 2014
AIGA Salt Lake City
The 3% Conference Road Show
Only 3 percent of all Creative Directors in advertising are women. Kat Gordon, founder of 3% Conference, worked as a creative at several large agencies and witnessed firsthand how women weren’t in senior leadership positions and were often absent from pitches, especially on the creative side. Years later, she launched her own agency, specializing in marketing to women. What she learned there coincided with the growing evidence on the importance of the female consumer. Gordon’s perspectives have changed the marketplace, especially when it comes to advertising. In 2012, Gordon launched the 3% Conference, explaining the business imperative of diversity to the future of advertising.

June 5, 2014
AIGA
Women's Leadership Kickoff
Anyone interested in the AIGA Women Lead Initiative is invited to join us at the AIGA National Design Center for a special tour (featuring women designers) of the current exhibition, “Century: 100 Years of Type in Design,” followed by a reception to kick off this new initiative. Meet members of the steering committee including co-chairs Deborah Adler and Su Mathews, learn about new resources and programming in the works, and share your experiences and ideas.

January 16, 2014
AIGA
Webcast: Move Over Mad Men
Deborah Adler and Su Mathews have built enviable careers in design. Coming of age working for Milton Glaser and Pentagram respectively, each has gained industry recognition and pioneered design solutions for clients such as Target, Johnson and Johnson, Walmart, Hyatt and Hershey’s. Today, Deborah has her own firm while Su is a senior partner at Lippincott—and although they have taken different paths, collectively they have amassed invaluable lessons on achieving business success, juggling work and family and finding inspiration in unexpected places. Watch the archived webcast to hear their advice firsthand and to get a sneak peek at a new AIGA Women Lead Initiative they’re leading.

April 30–September 25, 2013
AIGA Los Angeles
Re-Inventing You and Your Vocation with Tatjana Luethi
Know thyself and create your life and career! The way we know work is changing. Today it’s not just about a degree, body of knowledge and a set of technical skills, but rather our soft skills are key to manage and lead ourselves and others. Self-awareness around who you are and what you stand for, your values, your interests, your passion, and understanding your needs are the base to generate personal leadership skills. It’s about authentic self-management and how we show up from that orientation.

 

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