Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine & Design

A conversation series founded by Jessica Walsh,
hosted by Brittany Biggs & Kathryn Dreier

A salon night held monthly limited to six creative ladies. We'll have drinks and casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, and life. If you’re a female student or creative and would like to join, please email me. It’s free and reservations are first come, first serve. Follow our chapter at @ladieswinedesignaustin for updates!

May 31, 7pm College Night!

College Ladies (6 spots available): Calling all recent graduates and ladies entering their senior year of college. Talk with women currently working in the design industry and get advice on applying for jobs, portfolios, and how to handle the business.You'll get a one-on-one experience with a professional and the opportunity to mingle and ask questions. Come prepared!

Working Ladies (6 spots available): Come join us and be paired with a lady in college, or recent grad, for one-on-one to bestow your working wisdom upon. You'll get to share your experience, what to do (and what not to do) and foster an empowering environment for women entering the field.

We will follow up the one-on-ones with a classic roundtable discussion/Q&A and mingle for everyone to share and contribute openly. This night is open to a total of 12 women, 6 students and 6 working professionals.

June 14, 7pm Design for Social Impact

Sharing details and information about approaching projects with a social impact effect — personal and professional. How to get involved in doing social impact design.

July 25, 7pm Self Promotion in a Digital Age

Come chat with us about your experience, or lack thereof, with sharing and promoting your work digitally. We'll discuss how it can (sometimes) seem scary and uncomfortable and why self-promotion seems to be especially tricky for women.

August 29, 7pm Women In Design

What’s it like being a woman in design. Sharing struggles and successes. In addition, please plan to share about one woman in the design world that you admire and the reason why.

September 19, 7pm Pressure for Success

Let's all get together to chat about top 30 (type) lists and all the apprehension and uneasiness that comes along with them.

November 7, 7pm Living and Working Abroad

Meryl is a designer and researcher who moved from New York to Berlin. She’ll visit us in Austin and speak about how to make connections through social design and what it’s like being an independent designer abroad.

December 19, 7 pm White Elephant + Year in Design

A traditional white elephant gift exchange! Also, let’s review compelling design from this year and share who has inspired us the most.

Jessica Walsh started Ladies, Wine & Design in New York after considering why there are so few women creative directors. She believes we can change that through mentorship and championing others' work. Austin lady-designers - let's meet up and prove her right!

Read her original musings and other articles below:

Ad Age: What We Can Do About the Dearth of Female Creatives?
Fast co: Where are all the women Creative Directors?
3% Conference: Video archive from their annual conference
Smashing Magazine: Gender Disparities in the Design Field

Numbers show that there's a very small percentage of women leading the creative industry. However, the people we could be most inspired by most are other talented ladies. Let's build a list of women we have admired, worked with or had our eyes on! Email me if you want to nominate someone for this list, especially women in Austin.