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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November 16, 6pm Hotel Born Private Tour with Ellen Bruss

Designer Ellen Bruss will walk us through her design experience of Hotel Born. Started as a true passion project, the details are all-encompassing: the concept, name, interior design, art, library curation, design, branding, collateral and signage were all thoughtfully considered. Join us for a private tour led by Ellen and see how this project came to life. Wine and good company will be provided.

December 14, 6pm - 8pm Portfolio Empowerment Party 2017

Ready to finish out the year with a professional portfolio review and walk into 2018 like a boss? The first 7 ladies to sign up will receive 15 minutes to showcase their work and receive feedback from RiNo-based Creative Director and graphic designer, Laura Kottlowski. This will be a group round table setting. Each participant will need to digitally submit 1-3 pieces of their work (graphic design, photography, multimedia, etc.) to Laura by EOD on December 8. More details will be provided to the first 7 women who sign up!

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.

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.