Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine &
a bit of Design

A conversation series
started by Jessica Walsh

Hosted by Samia Kallidis & Tanvi Malik
for creatives in Dubai

A salon night held monthly will be limited to six creative ladies. We’ll wine, dine, and have 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 do email us. It’s free and reservations are first come, first serve. Follow along on instagram for updates.

May 10, 7:30pm The Rise of the CDO

Apple, PepsiCo, Johnson & Johnson, Philips and Hyundai all have Chief Design Officers. For many years, design was considered decorative, and in many cases, still is – but the corporate world is slowly coming to understand the role design plays in innovation and tangible business success.

July 12, 7:30pm Designer as Author

As designers we don’t need to only make other peoples' brands look great. We can develop our own content & ideas and use design as a means rather than an end. Exploring the topic of 'Designer as Author', how do we create, share and document our ideas?

August 15, 7:30pm Utopia vs Dystopia

Design can be an agent of change. It can catalyze new ways of thinking, help us analyze and understand what is currently happening, and be used to develop solutions that work to our advantage. How has design and design thinking contributed to our overall growth? Is it utopic or dystopic?

October 24th, 7:30pm Ladies, Let's Get In-Formation

Female creatives! How do you see yourself in our design world and what do you think is missing? What are your professional needs, applicable skills and creative outlets? How can the LWD network support each other and what kind of events do you want to see from us? Bring your ideas, motivations and inspirations for casual of evening of chatting and networking!

November 15th, 8:30pm TBD

Taking place during Dubai Design Week, we will open out this month's session to a mixed audience with special guest speaker Zeinab Al Hashemi, live music and a casual setting at the beautiful Molecule restaurant in Dubai Design District. More details TBA!

TBD Service & Experience Design

User-experience and consumer-functionality are two key considerations in designing any product. To what extent are they taken specifically in the service and experience design fields? How do we create meaningful and useful products?

Jessica Walsh started Ladies, Wine & Design in New York after doing a lot of thinking and reading on why there are so few women creative directors. She believes we can change that through mentorship and championing others' work. We couldn't agree more, and we also think it would be fun to meet other lady creatives, so we reached out to her and Ladies, Wine & Design Dubai was born.

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

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 us if you want to nominate someone in or from Dubai for this list.