Women Lead Initiative

Celebrating and fostering women’s achievements in design.

About AIGA Women Lead

Women today outnumber men in AIGA’s membership—as in design schools and disciplines—yet leadership, representation, and parity remain a challenge.

AIGA Women Lead is committed to empowering women in design and advancing the vital discourse on issues facing professional women today without generalizing or segregating women designers. Instead, we aim to address persistent biases and inequities inclusively and constructively through programming around three goals.

Join us to:

  • Celebrate the achievements of women in design.
  • Cultivate awareness of gender-related issues, while building knowledge and leadership skills.
  • Connect by facilitating relationships within and beyond the design industry.

Meet the committee

The AIGA Women Lead committee works to develop programs, events, and resources for an inclusive audience—women and men, emerging designers and seasoned professionals, members and nonmembers.

Get acclimated

Everyone has to begin somewhere. Begin learning about the Women Lead field here.

AIGA Women Lead Gender Equity toolkit Design for good webcast episode two Women Lead resources: 2017 AIGA design conference round table
Gender Equity Toolkit
Use this set of resources to battle implicit gender bias.
Webcast: Face your gender bias
AIGA Women Lead co-chairs play the Gender Equity Toolkit and discuss implicit bias in the workplace.
Resources
Explore our growing list of helpful articles, websites, web series, videos, and more.

Looking to delve deeper? Join the WLI LinkedIn group and follow #AIGAwomenlead on Twitter.

Get involved

Ready to get involved but wondering where you can jump in? Here are a few programs you can get started with today.

Double or nothing logo Su Mathews Hale award winners 2017 Keir DuBois cartogram
Double or Nothing
Join the effort to double the number of women in leadership.
The Su Mathews Hale Women Lead Award
Support talented, high-potential female designers starting out in their careers.
Local events
Find Women Lead programming at a chapter near you.

 

Get inspired

Design Leader interview series

Last year, AIGA Women Lead launched its first interview series to ask design leaders at studios, agencies, and companies who have demonstrated a commitment to gender equity to share their unique Women Lead stories.

˜New York-based AIGA Women Lead commitee members
Former and current Women Lead committee members featured in the Design Leader series and based in New York. Top row, left to right: Cheryl Heller, Debbie Millman, Jada Britto, Heather Stern. Seated form left to right: Lynda Decker, Deborah Adler. Photo by John Madere.

To get involved and support the Women Lead campaign, contact AIGA Strategic Initiatives.

IBM logoIBM is proud to support AIGA Women Lead in 2017.

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