Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine &
A bit of Design

A conversation series
with Sam DeLoof from Circa

Ladies, Wine & Design was started by Jessica Walsh after writing this article 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 mentorship circles, portfolio reviews, and creative meet-ups. In less than a year of launching, we've spread to chapters in over 75 cities all over the world.

In Kalamazoo, LW&D is a monthly meeting limited to a small group of creative women. 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 creative and would like to join, please subscribe to our newsletter for exclusive info on our monthly meetings!

September 12, 6pm Meet & Greet

Kicking off the first meeting with casual introductions, dinner & drinks at Fuze kitchen & bar, located in downtown Kalamazoo.

Fuze kitchen & bar
214 E Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

October 17, 6pm Inspo & Process

Where do ideas come from? How do you start a process in order to come up with a good idea? What are the best methods or tricks for working creatively? Bring a project you’re working on, and we’ll discuss the concept and thinking behind it.

Wine Loft
161 E. Michigan
Suite 100
Kalamazoo, MI 49007


November 30, 6pm Creative Leadership

Women still only represent a small percent of creative director positions. Let's discuss what we can do to shift these numbers, and discuss topics around business & creative leadership.

Special Guests
» Christina Oropeza, Co-founder of Curate & Co.
» Tori Thomas, Founding Partner & Creative Director at Circa Design
» Elyse Flynn, Creative Director & AIGA WM President


December 19, 5:30pm Holiday Happy Hour

Since December is such a busy month with holiday commitments & celebrations, we are scheduling a little happy hour for our monthly meeting instead of our usual meeting around a creative topic — we could all use a drink or two!

Since having been introduced to LW&D, I've become aware that there are so few women creative directors. Along with Jessica, I believe we can change that through mentorship and championing others' work. Here is some inspiration if you want to learn more:

AIGA: Women Lead Initiative
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, I find the people I'm inspired by most are often other talented ladies. Here are a few women I have admired or had my eye on! Email me if you want to nominate someone for this list.