Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine &
Ladies, Wine &

Empowering women & non-binary
creatives around the world đź’Ş

Ladies*, Wine** & Design is a global non-profit initiative with chapters in 280 cities worldwide. LW&D was started by Jessica Walsh after this happened and she realized that sometimes peers can be competitive or unsupportive of one another. Only a small percentage of creative directors are women or non-binary, and LW&D wants to help change this through mentorship circles, portfolio reviews, talks & creative meetups.

*Our space is inclusive of all women, non-binary, agender and gender non-conforming people. Self-definition is at the sole discretion of that individual. If you feel you could benefit from a space meant for people who do not identify as cis men to share ideas and collaborate, you are welcome. **Alcohol is entirely optional; you can drink tea, coffee or whatever you like!

Upcoming Events
February LW&D Milwaukee

Feb 4th | “FOR THE LOVE OF LETTERING: A Valentine-themed Lettering Workshop.” Join LW&D Milwaukee for a hands-on valentines workshop with local lettering artist Whitney Anderson of Wit & Co. This workshop is open to all levels: start with the basics or brush off your skills and get some tips from a pro. RSVP

February LW&D Istanbul

Feb 4th | “FAM ILLUSTRATIONS”: LW&D Istanbul have some great guests at for their LW&D # 11 event! @famillustrations’s founder Selen and illustrators from Turkey will show how they brought together, illustration and animation processes and agency representatives will explain the initiatives they have created together. RSVP

February LW&D Brighton

Feb 5th | “LW&D BRIGHTON LAUNCH”: The first event to introduce and celebrate the formation of the Brighton Chapter. During the evening, LW&D Brighton will discuss the wants and needs for future events, as well as getting a chance to mingle amongst talented, friendly, creative folk! RSVP

February LW&D Philadelphia

Feb 5th | “DRINK & DRAW”: #1 on our list for 2020? Find fresh inspiration and meet new ladies. LW&D Philadelphia at @philamuseum for a special Drink & Draw where we’ll do both! Sip, sketch, view and chat on the new killer design exhibition Designs for Different Futures, followed by a roundtable discussion on design and its role in our lives and future. RSVP

February LW&D Birmingham, UK

Feb 6th | “THE WELCOME BACK MEETUP”: LW&D Birmingham is back for 2020 and kicking off the year with some informal drinks to celebrate the first anniversary of our relaunch in Brum. Join LW&D Birmingham to find out what we have planned for 2020! RSVP

February LW&D Birmingham, AL

Feb 8th – 9th | “PAPER ANNIVERSARY WORKSHOPS”: LW&D Birmingham, Alabama is celebrating ONE year in the Magic City! For their paper anniversary, they’re offering a couple workshops: Letterpress Valentine’s Cards (February 8th, 10-12am) and Calligraphy Workshop with Emily Coe of Wilde Art Co (February 9th, 2-4pm). RSVP

February LW&D Hamburg

Feb 11th | “LOVELETTERS TO YOURSELF”: Join LW&D Hamburg for their first workshop in LW&D HH history! Led by type designer and illustrator @annatiron, appreciate yourself and your talents while developing some brand new calligraphy skills, as well as taking home some great self-made greeting cards. RSVP

February LW&D Savannah

Feb 12th | “GALENTINE’S PAINT PARTY: hosted by Savannah paint legend JULU.” Join LW&D Savannah for a night of all things pink and red and girly. Sip drinks from the Alida bar and JULU will conduct the paint party. You will walk away with your very own custom piece of art and some new friends! RSVP

February LW&D Gold Coast

Feb 12th | “SIDE HUSTLES WITH FRANKIE RATFORD”: Business powerhouse and Queen of side hustles, Frankie Ratford will give insight into how you too, can turn that thing you do into a full-time gig. RSVP

February LW&D Dallas

Feb 12th | “HOW TO DO WHAT YOU LOVE”: Love is in the air this month and LW&D Dallas will take a deep dive into what traits allow us to turn our passion into our day job, side hustle, or hobby. An evening gathering held monthly with a mix of large and small groups of creative women. We’ll have drinks and discuss this month’s topic of how to do what you love. RSVP

February LW&D Graz

Feb 13th | “DON’T FORGET TO PLAY!”: A night about motivation with interior designer Claudia Werchota from @room_no9 engineering office for interior design. Based on different experiments from behavioral research and their results, LW&D Graz would like to start a discussion focusing on the subject of inner motivators—what really motivates each of us? RSVP

February LW&D Madison

Feb 15th | “TABLE WINE SHOP”: LW&D Madison is hosting a Galantine’s Day Floral Wreath Making Workshop. A salon night open to all identifying female creatives in the Madison, Wisconsin area hosted by Olivia Booth and Megan Breene. We’ll wine, dine, and have casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, and life. RSVP

February LW&D Bend

Feb 20th | “BND, OR LW&D SALON”: Mark your calendars! The next LW&D Bend event will take place at McMenamins Fireside Bar. Making it work, getting it done. Empowering women & non-binary creatives in Bend, OR.

February LW&D Portland

Feb 20th | “EXPERIMENTAL WELLNESS AND DESIGN”: Join LW&D Portland, Oregon in a lively discussion about integrating design into fitness with sisters Jessi Duley, BurnCycle founder, and Mandy Riggar, interior designer. Fitness and Design go hand in hand in more ways that you think.

February LW&D Richmond VA

Feb 25th | “STOP WAITING FOR A GREEN LIGHT—GROW.” As designers we all want to keep growing and improving. So, what stops us from making some of those big strides we dream about taking? Join LW&D Richmond VA in a panel discussion with a few inspiring creatives at Stoplight Gelato. RSVP

February LW&D MĂĽnster

Feb 27th | “DATA DRIVEN INFLUENCER MARKETING”: The start of an exciting event year for LW&D MĂĽnster with a lecture by Laura Pier from Social Match on the subject of “Data Driven Influencer Marketing.” RSVP

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Why are the majority of leadership positions held by men?

There are many reasons for the lack of diversity in leadership roles historically:


Sexism in the workplace
There are studies that show that companies are often consciously or unconsciously biased in favor of candidates who are men, which leads to more men being hired, getting raises, and receiving promotions. While this is changing, there is still a pay gap today between candidates who hold the same job titles. Women & non-binary people of all racial and ethnic groups earn less than white men, and studies show there is an even larger wage gap for people of color. If you’re in a leadership role, be cognizant of this bias and make sure raises and promotions are given out based on merit.


A lack of diversity in mentors or idols historically
Open a design history book, and you’ll see that almost all the famous designers mentioned are white men. The design industry used to be a boys club at the top, lacking diversity across both gender and race. With a lack of representation among their role models, underrepresented people can be deterred from pursuing creative positions. Thanks to the pioneering activists and feminists before us, this has been changing and many of our favorite designers working today are other women and non-binary creatives! But, there is still a lot of work to do. Intersectional feminism is imperative as we push for equality for all people in the creative field. We must adopt an intersectional lens as we battle discrimination in the creative industry. So, what does this mean? We must take into account people’s varying experiences, such as someone who is both a woman and a woman of color. In order to have equality and representation of all women and non-binary people in the creative field, we can champion and celebrate the successes of one another, offering guidance and mentorship to underrepresented creatives starting out in their careers. If you’re in the creative industry and can offer your mentorship or guidance, do contact us to get involved.


The responsibility of childbearing
Many people start families and have children around the age when they are furthering their education or entering the labor force. Historically, most cisgender men continued working and did not hold child-bearing responsibilities, leading to a gender imbalance in terms of career success. Many call this the “motherhood tax,” referring to the financial burdens and sacrifices involved in motherhood.


Trans and non-binary people in the workplace
Discrimination and prejudice against non-binary people is a form of sexism that happens in the workplace across all industries. This discrimination affects every aspect of both a person’s working and personal life. Studies show that nearly 60% of transgender people report having experienced employment discrimination, including being fired, denied a promotion or harassed. It is imperative that we make a conscious effort for equality of all people in the workplace, respecting and accepting everyone for who they are. Trans and non-binary people have the right to be able to live, dress and have their gender respected at work.

What can I do to help change the numbers?

While the numbers are staggering simple things can change them:


Promote Your Peers

In studies, successful women and non-binary people are shown to receive more backlash compared to successful men. Root for one another and celebrate each other’s successes instead of tearing each other down. We can all help in various ways, big or small. Share your favorite designers on your social media, invite more underrepresented voices to your design conferences, make sure there is diversity in books on design, and so on.


Leadership at Companies

As a leader, make sure underrepresented creatives are considered for promotions, receive feedback to get to higher positions, and create action plans that help build leadership skills. Do not penalize or discredit people for needing work-life balance and flexibility.


Support Women & Non-Binary People in the Workplace

Be supportive of all people in your workspace. Use gender-neutral language in the workplace ask and use peoples correct pronouns. In addition, women and non-binary voices are often not heard or their ideas get lost in meetings. Make sure they have their physical spot in conversations, not getting elbowed out by others. If someone interrupts them, be direct and ask the interrupter to wait for their turn to speak. If you see someone’s ideas are immediately getting unfairly shut down, repeat, reference, and credit that idea over and over. This technique is called amplification and we owe this to Obama’s administration.


Mentor Women & Non-Binary Creatives

If you’ve found success as a creative, take the time to mentor others who are starting out in their careers.


Don’t Tolerate Sexism, Racism, or Homophobia

Do not normalize forms of sexism by accepting mansplaining, manterrupting, gaslighting or bropriating. If you see racist/sexist/homophobic behavior in public or at home, speak up against it. If you see this behavior online, you can report the behavior or language. To stop sexist and racist behavior, we must adopt a zero tolerance policy.


Resources on combating racism: Everyday Feminism, Amnesty International, Ted
Resources on combating sexism: HuffPost, Elle, NPR Podcast Directory, Girl Scouts
Resources on combating homophobia: Human Rights Campaign, The Washington Post, The Guardian


The act of explaining things in a condenscent way to a woman immediately assuming she does not have sufficient knowledge about a certain topic.


Unnecessary interruption of a woman by a man, who assumes he needs to “educate” her. Then he explains obvious things to women as they are incapable of understanding it.


It is the emotional violence of manipulating a woman making her question her own sanity or capacity. Do you know that guy who calls all women “crazy”? He is the personification of gaslighting.


It happens when a man appropriates of a woman’s idea and takes credit for it.

Is there really still a pay gap between men and women? What is the pay gap for non-binary people and trans women?

Women earn less than men in 439 of 446 major U.S. occupations. The average for men is $55,835 and $43,845 for women. As designers, women earn 79% of their counterparts who are men, and this number is even lower for women of color. The most effective way to change the pay gap in the industry is hiring women and non-binary people, paying attention to their results and efforts, and rewarding them equally. It sounds simple, but we are not always aware of how much unconscious misogyny we might have. This means constantly questioning ourselves and making equality a central topic in our lives.


Studies show that after transitioning, transgender women’s earnings fall by nearly one-third. This finding echoes the lower value placed on women in the workplace. The trans and non-binary communities experience poverty at 4x the rate of the general population. Studies and conversations about the gender pay gap need to be more inclusive, rather than just about comparisons between cisgender men and women. Most corporations do not recognize people’s genders outside of male and female, and for this reason, there are very few studies on wage discrepancy for non-binary people, and this needs to change.

Besides the pay gap, how does sexism present at the workplace?

Sexual harassment is still a major problem. 75% of those who experience sexism do not report it because of embarrassment or feeling like it could jeopardize a promotion or even lead to being fired. But even when they do report it, little is done. More than half of the official allegations of sexual harassments result in no charge. Motherhood also plays a big role in the industry, as women with children have less of a chance of being hired.

I am not sexist / racist / homophobic? Or am I?

Most people won’t deliberately identify themselves as misogynistic, racist, or homophobic. However, there’s something called unconscious bias, which is the unconscious discrimination of certain groups of people: from race to religion to sexual orientation. This can manifest in different ways, whether it’s resisting to trust the choices of a woman or non-binary person or responding differently to a person of a different color than you. We can do this without consciously realizing it. It is our duty to stay open-minded to our own human defects, and continuously take a critical look at our own behaviors and privileges.


Examples of privileges include being white, cisgender, college educated, physically or mentally healthy, or financially stable. Why does this matter? Privilege can affect everything from how someone is treated in society on a daily basis to what basic human resources a person has access to. If you have privileges, you can use them to help fight for equality of more marginalized, less privileged people.

What is intersectional feminism?

LW&D takes an intersectional approach to feminism, recognizing the complicated experiences of individuals based on the varying intersections of privilege and oppression. Feminism does not only champion the equality of white, cisgender, straight women. Feminism is inclusive of all people, championing equality for everyone — no matter their gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, age or ability. Watch this ted talk talk by Kimberlé Crenshaw for more context.

Are the events free?

Our NYC-based events are free to allow access to all people regardless of financial backgrounds. Occasionally, some of our other chapters charge a small fee to cover the hard costs of their events (speakers, space, etc).

How can I support or join Ladies, Wine & Design?

There are many ways you can support us!


Join Your Local Chapter  

We have a map on our homepage — check it out to see if you have a local LWD chapter in your city. If you do, make sure to attend an event and ask the hosts if you can assist them in any way!


Start a Local Chapter 

If your city doesn’t have a local chapter and you want to be a host, email us at and we’ll get you started!


Accessibility At All Events

At our NYC events, we make sure that all our venues are accessible, and we encourage all chapters to do the same! If you are hosting an event, make sure to use this checklist to make sure your event is accessible and that you have accessibility information listed for upcoming events



If you have space you can offer up in your city for events or can provide free wine or food for one of our events, do contact us about sponsorships! We’re happy to give social media love in exchange for your support. Before now, we’ve taken no financial donations and this project has been entirely self-funded. Currently, &Walsh is the sole financial sponsor of LW&D, but we’ll be looking for additional sponsorship this year. We’d love a corporate sponsor to help with larger events to help us hire staff to keep the organization running. The organization will never be for-profit, this money will be used entirely on our events & staff. Email us at if you’d like to discuss sponsorships.


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