Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine &
a bit of Design

A conversation series inspired by Jessica Walsh
Hosted by Kristen Rodgers & Michelle Flake

Ladies, Wine & Design was started by Jessica Walsh as an initiative to foster female creativity. Only a tiny percent of creative directors are women, and LW&D wants to help change this through monthly creative meet-ups, mentorship circles, and portfolio reviews. We’ll wine, snack, and have casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, and life. If you’re a female creative and would like to RSVP, please do email me. It's free to join! If you'd like to host us in your space, share your craft, be a mentor, or lead a discussion, please do get in touch.
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January 18, 6pm Mindfulness & The Creative Mind

Join us in a session about mindfulness and how to take control of your stress and channel it towards creative energies. Noelle Benjamin, owner of SHINE studio & boutique, and Brandee Castle, owner of Judith & Joe, will be talking to us about how to navigate your own path through stress.

February 15, 6pm FROM IDEAS TO IRL: Translating Your Designs into Physical Products

Join us to chat about how to translate your really rad designs into physical products. Coming from different backgrounds and design mindsets, we’ll talk with Taylor Barkin with Moore Collection, Lizzie Greco with Craftbelly and Kiwi Schloffel with Craft Boner about the obstacles, successes and best ways to create and then sell products on different platforms.

March 22, 6pm WO+MAN : How to Balance Feminine & Masculine Energies

We will be having a discussion on balancing feminine and masculine energies. Our friends at SoCap have adopted key strategies to highlight both energies in life and work. They will be sharing their secrets on the most common, but simultaneously taboo concept of women and men finding balance among each other.

April 26, 6pm Let's Do This

Everyone has a story. Rachel Whaley started "Let’s Do This" to connect individuals across the country in creative, non-traditional careers. With a focus on thought leaders, community organizers, creatives, entrepreneurs, and small business owners, LDT is sparking conversation and sharing stories to inspire people to do more creative and impactful work. Join us to learn how Rachel built a personal brand by leveraging her network while connecting people along the way.

Jessica Walsh noticed that she is one of very few women creative directors. She believes that we can change that through mentorship and championing others' work. Here are some things that inspired her, as well as our own take on the matter, if you want to learn more:

What We Can Do About the Dearth of Female Creatives?
What’s Your Pay Gap?
Brené Brown on The Power of Vulnerability
Where Are All The Women Creative Directors?
Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

Numbers show that there's a very small percentage of women leading the creative industry despite the overwhelming evidence that diversity is directly correlated to an organization's success. However, we find the people we're inspired by most are often other talented ladies. Here are a few women we admire, work with, or have our eyes on! Email us if you want to nominate someone for this list.