Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine &
a bit of Design

A conversation series
for Portland Creatives.

Founded by Jessica Walsh
Hosted by Jen Macias

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. All venues are either owned/operated by women or support women in leadership. 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.

Feb 10, 7pm, 2017 Work In Progress

Bring in a piece of work you would like to put in front of fellow creatives to get constructive feedback. *CLOSED*

Feb 24, 7pm, 2017 The Art of Pro Bono

Discuss selecting pro bono work that is mutually beneficial. How to avoid being taken advantage of and donate your services that could help your community/cause. *CLOSED*

Mar 31, 7pm, 2017 Chit Chat

Come with any general life or work questions or conversations you are interested in, and let's have an open discussion about them!

Special Guests: Adrienne McClellan and Susan Barnes *CLOSED*

April 21-29 Design Week Portland

Design Week Portland is in town and have amazing talks, open houses, and workshops lined up. We strongly encourage you to check it out! *CLOSED*

May 26, 7pm, 2017 Women in Immersive Technology

The number of women designing experiences in immersive tech is relatively low. How does this impact product experiences that are made? What’s missing?

Special Guests: Jessica Outlaw and Emily Plummer *CLOSED*

Jun 9, 7pm, 2017 Portfolio Review

Bring in your portfolio to review with fellow creatives and get constructive feedback.*CLOSED*

July 28, 7pm, 2017 Design & Data

The ultimate battle of form and function. We’ll discuss the design challenges of visualizing information to present on a public platform.

Special Guest: Skye Moret *CLOSED*

August-October Break

We're taking a little break to get organized. New events will be up by the end of October. If you would like us to keep you updated send us an email in the link above! *CLOSED*

Nov 13, 7pm, 2017 Fear & Failure - In Vino Veritas!

“The entrepreneurial spirit is one marked by action— followed by mistakes and failure— then, more action.”
- James Victore

Let’s share our stories of fear and failure, discuss coping methods, and how it teaches us about creativity and personal growth. *CLOSED*

Dec 4, 7pm, 2017 Year In Design & Creative Inspirations

Let’s review compelling design from this year and share who has inspired us the most. Let’s sip wine and celebrate the awesome creative work we admire. *CLOSED*

Jan 2018 2018 Events Coming Soon!

Happy New Year! We're working on some awesome 2018 events. If you would like to be updated when we post, use the link above to add your email to our list and we'll keep you updated!

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. Here are some articles that inspired us if you want to learn more:

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, we find the people we're inspired by most are often other talented ladies. Here is a small sample of influential women who have had a positive impact on Portland's design community. Email Jen if you want to nominate someone for this list!