DesignOpsEd

DesignOps Ed: A Salon Series

Join us for a dedicated virtual meeting series that empowers design organizations and their leaders to drive their teams towards professional success, career growth and practice excellence. This series will create a better understanding of the popular but ambiguous area of DesignOps leadership; lead people-centered and design-inspired organizations towards design excellence; and make leadership more accessible and attainable to every audience.

Held virtually the Last Wednesday of the Month, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET

About the Masterclasses

In this year-long series with monthly guest mentors, we’ll aim to:

  • Create a better understanding of the popular but ambiguous area of leadership
  • Lead people-centered and design-inspired organizations towards design quality and performance excellence, regardless of their size
  • Make leadership more accessible and attainable to every audience
  • Show you how DesignOps is not just for large product companies, but rather it benefits all sizes and shapes of design orgs and provides a very fulfilling leadership pathway for those whose interest lies in the success and future of their teams, rather than what they produce or create.

Join us for regular conversations with intelligent, approachable, and generous leaders and mentors who want you to be successful and have insights to help you do so. Meetings will be recorded so don't worry—if you didn't make it one week, you can catch up before the next one. Sessions take place via Zoom monthly on the last Wednesday of the month, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET.

To register, email aiga_registrar@aiga.org.

Pricing

Price for members (12 sessions): $149
Price for non members (12 sessions): $299

Price per session for members: $25
Price per session for non members: $40


*AIGA DesignOps Certificate enrollees receive free access to this series (see details below for all valid certificates)

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This Series Is For People Like You

  • Those just starting out in this young discipline who want to know how to make and report on impact, how to advocate for their initiatives, and to be encouraged by others in the same position
  • Those with years of experience in design (and design-adjacent) operations and management who want to share their knowledge
  • Those interested in breaking into design operations who want more clarity about what it is and what it does
  • Those with a vested interest in the success of their design teams and employees
  • Design-adjacent disciplines such as project management, people / talent management, who all have the same goal: to support and empower their teams

Our Host

Frances Yllana

Since 2001, Frances Yllana has been building and evolving her skills as a designer, team member, teacher, advisor and champion in order to best lead, manage and grow the team members she serves. She has a wide range of experience from branding, advertising, copywriting, strategy, video, illustration, digital and environmental, to experience design, design operations and consulting for enterprise software to non-profit management, visioning, strategy and coaching. At the beginning of 2022, Frances joins Coforma as their first Design Operations Manager, after 3.5 years at projekt202 as Experience Director and DesignOps lead. Coforma works with the government and private sector to craft creative digital solutions and build technology products that improve people’s lives, using a modern, agile, user-centered approach that elevates human needs through thoughtfully-designed systems and products. Frances is active in AIGA, currently serving as a director on the AIGA National Board, and she is also highly active in promoting civic and community engagement year-round, locally and nationally, including serving as Chair for AIGA Design for Democracy.

Frances Yllana

Our Masters

Angelos Arnis

January

Angelos Arnis

Design Operations Lead, Posti Group Oyj
Topic: DesignOps — What is it?

Michelle Chin

February

Michelle Chin

Principal DesignOps Manager, Citrix | LinkedIn
Topic: DesignOps Employee #1

Bria Alexander

March

Bria Alexander

Design Program Manager, Adobe

Kate Kaplan

April

Kate Kaplan

Insights Architect, NN/g
Topic: Defining Roles + Career Development in DesignOps

Shipra Kayan

May

Shipra Kayan

Product Evangelist, Miro
Topic: Growing Your Team

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June

Salomé Mortazavi

Kaelig Deloumeau-Prigent

July

Kaelig Deloumeau-Prigent

Staff Front-end Developer, Development Acceleration, Shopify
Topic: Establishing Standards and Defining Done

Adam Fry-Pierce

August

Adam Fry-Pierce

Head of DesignOps, DocuSign
Topic: Creating Skills Training Programs

Dominique Ward

September

Dominique Ward

Design Operations Leader at Atlassian

Meredith Black

December

Meredith Black

Design Operations Consultant
Topic: Fireside chat, Year in Review

Oen Michael Hammonds

October

Oen Michael Hammonds

IBM Design Principal, Manager, IBMer Experience, IBM HR
Topic: The Employee Experience

Jennifer Price

October

Jennifer Price

DesignOps Lead and Manager, Ecosystem Platforms & Experiences, IBM Worldwide Ecosystems
Topic: The Employee Experience

Laine Riley Prokay

November

Laine Riley Prokay

Lead Design Program Manager, Central DesignOps, Salesforce UX
Topic: Inclusive Experiences